The Trek

Mt Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world; the Uhuru summit stands at 5895m (approx 19341ft)! The Lemosho route is undertaken over 8 days, longer than other routes, to help with acclimatisation and offers the best chance of reaching the summit!

How did this all come about? My Sister-in-law, Sarah Carter, has an ‘important’ birthday in 2016 (I’m not going to tell, but it ends with a zero and starts with a four…oops!) and really wanted to do something like this to tick off her bucket list. I’ve always wanted to do something like this; I nearly signed up for a trek to Machu Picchu back in 2012! So Sarah, Margaret (Sarah’s friend) and myself have signed up to climb Kilimanjaro with a view of standing on the Uhuru summit to watch the sun rise on 24th August 2016!

Errr…well I would’ve of signed up, but snapping my left Achilles tendon put the knackers on that!

Picture the scene. We’ve worked out the best dates, we’ve decided on which travel operator to use, we’ve decided the route and now we start our training. Along with plenty of walking I decide to take up basketball training again, it’s been a couple of years, but “it’ll be fine”…20 minutes in to the first training session (yes 20 minutes!) I jump, I land, I hear a huge pop…Bugger.

Being the determined chap I am, I didn’t let a little thing like a ruptured achilles and surgery deter me, oh no! Thanks to the great surgical hands of Professor Matt Costa and his team, and the excellent physio team in Witney, I’m recovering well and have signed up to climb Mt Kilimanjaro with Sarah and Margaret!

We’ve opted for the 17th to 28th August 2016 dates and would really appreciate any and all donations for Tommy’s. I’m sure a few of you will think this is just an excuse for a holiday (you’d be partly correct although we’ve paid our own way and are just raising money), but this is for a cause that is close to my heart and needs all the funding it can get. I know in the grand scheme of things it’s not much, but if I can get 400 odd people to sponsor me, that’s 400 more people who are now aware of Tommy’s and the work they do than there were previously!

So please, please, please sponsor me with as much as you feel you can afford! I’m not expecting huge amounts and the last thing I want is for anyone to give more than they can afford, but anything you can give is very much appreciated and it all goes to Tommy’s!


Kili Countdown


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