UK Man to walk 5000 miles to Kilimanjaro

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UK Man to walk 5000 miles to Kilimanjaro

At the beginning of March this year a man from Kettering will set off to climb Kilimanjaro. Nothing unusual there, of course, considering around 50,000 people climb #Kilimanjaro every year.

However, Mick Rogers, a 49-year-old builder, will not actually be climbing the mountain until August – and in the intervening months is hoping to WALK from his hometown to Africa’s Highest Mountain.

Mr Rogers has been walking for 25 miles a day to train for his marathon expedition. He decided to undertake this madcap venture two years ago when his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was then that he decided to pack in the fags and start training.

Just to make things slightly more tricky, Mr Rogers will initially walk in the wrong direction, to Cornwall, to bid farewell to his three grown-up children. He has also eschewed the use of any planes, opting instead for road or ferry in places where walking is not possible. Countries that he hopes to cross include France, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya and finally Tanzania – walking, he hopes, on average 40 miles a day.

Mr Rogers is hoping to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support; to sponsor Mr Rogers, call 07743 233866, email mickrogers2008@hotmail.co.uk, search ‘Laird Betty S’ on Facebook or go to www.justgiving.com/LairdBettySwollocks/.

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight.Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.