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You might have seen that in February, David and Neil set out to climb up the worlds’ tallest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro. 

Kilimanjaro Climb


Storetec Climb Kilimanjaro

You might have seen that in February, David and Neil set out to climb up the worlds’ tallest free-standing mountain, Kilimanjaro. That is a whopping 19,341 feet to get up and down, in just 7 days! The ascent takes 5 days to reach the summit and two days to make it back down again.

The whole aim of the challenge was to raise as money and awareness for two wonderful charities: MacMillan Cancer Support and the Alzheimer’s Society. A total of £5,000 has been raised, which is an incredible amount.

Neil managed to complete the climb, with David unfortunately forced down following equipment failure, after reaching 12,700 feet. Both are back into the normal daily routine and are in good health. Although there has been a few stories told in the office, we all had lots of questions for Neil, here are his answers:

How many people were in your group?

18 people were in our group including the group leader and a UK doctor .

How did you find it?

Possibly the most emotionally and physically challenging event of my life.

What was the hardest part?

For me, trying to sleep at altitude with nightly thunderstorms was the hardest part.

What part did you enjoy most?

The views and the sense of achievement was brilliant. But for me, the people in the group together with our local support from some 80 porters, cooks and guides was just amazing. I now have many new friends from home and abroad.

Would you do it again?

I said upon my return that I would never brave another attempt at Kilimanjaro. Now the dust has settled, I miss the whole thing and maybe could be persuaded some time in the future.

How would you describe the challenge in three words?

Emotional, physical overload.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about taking the challenge?

Train and then train some more. Test all your gear before you go.

Four words that will save your life. Pole pole. Sippy sippy.

Meaning slowly slowly drink drink.

Head over to our Facebook Page to see some more pictures from the trip. 


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