Category Archives: Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids
Good Morning all Little Fighters Cancer Trust Friends – apologies for taking so long to get this post up but some of our intrepid climbers are still gadding about Africa and we had a couple of signal problems in getting more photos.
Folks, our GREAT Kili Climbing Team have done it! They have mastered Kilimanjaro and are on their way home – awaiting the majority of photos so watch this space. Today however is not so much about the climb as it is about the REASON for the climb!
These 8 people put themselves through hell training for months on end and then during the really difficult 6 days that the hike took – all in the name of raising Childhood Cancer Awareness and fundraising for Little Fighters Cancer Trust to help us with what we do – provide support to childhood cancer-affected families throughout South Africa without fear or favour.
Hi there Folks,
The Team summited the peak Saturday after one hellish day of hiking and are still currently on the mountain:
Day 5 – Kibo Hut (4,700 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Horombo Hut (3,720 meters):
Distance: ~5.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 15km / 8 mile descent
Trekking time: 6- 8 hours to the summit and then 5- 8 hours to Horombo Hut
Zone: Glacial zone, high alpine zone and low alpine zone
Day five begins at midnight, after being awoken with tea and biscuits you will begin your ascent in the dark across a rocky path to the first check point, Hans Meyer Cave at 5,150 meters. You should have a break here and refuel on an energy bar. The path then zigzags and increases in steepness as you approach Gilman’s Point 2- 3 hours later at 5,681 meters. You are now on Kibo’s crater rim, a huge achievement!
But you still have a 200 meter ascent to trek to the summit, Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). Dig deep to find the reserves and mental stamina to push you up the final slopes. At Uhuru Peak you will be able to stay briefly before descending back to Kibo Hut and on to Horombo Hut. In total you will be trekking upwards of 12- 16 hours. It will be one of the longest days of your life but well worth it! Here’s the good news, beers can be bought at Horombo Hut!
Murray Le Roux got taken ill on the mountain and had to turn back 2 days ago. He is fine and just waiting for the rest of the Team to make it back to base camp. In the meantime he posted some pics of the trip for us to see…
So, at around 7am Tanzanian Time (6am SA time),Team Kili had a very substantial breakfast that included lots of good strong Tanzanian coffee, and their final briefing. Final Physicals were also done, and Johan, after being asked whether he was nervous, to which he responded, err ja… I wonder why? 😉 finally passed his heart-rate test so all was good!
The Team then headed off for the Rongai Gate from which they would depart at 9am (10am SA time) with their guides, in warm and slightly overcast weather, and that is probably the last we will hear from them for at least two days, after which they will hopefully have signal again and be able to send photos and updates.
Team Kili asked that we pass on a message of thanks to their main guide and 2 senior guides who made their stay in Moshi really unforgettable.
Got some nice photos from Team Kili while they were sightseeing in Moshi today.
Moshi is a Tanzanian municipality with a population of 184,292 according to the 2012 census. The municipality is in the Kilimanjaro Region and is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano that is the highest mountain in Africa. The municipality covers about 59 square kilometres (23 sq mi) and is the smallest municipality in Tanzania by area.
Many people from the Chagga and Pare ethnic groups live in Moshi, which lies on the east-west A23 Arusha–Himo road connecting Arusha and Voi, Kenya. Just to the east of Moshi is the intersection with the B1 north–south road eventually connecting with Tanga and Dar es Salaam. Moshi is often considered the cleanest town in Tanzania. [Source: Wikipedia]
Read more about Moshi here
Late last night Team Kili set off on their great adventure to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Children with Cancer and to aid Little Fighters Cancer Trust’s work in raising Childhood Cancer Awareness.
We are so excited to follow this epic journey and can’t wait for all the wonderful photos that they send us along the way (signal permitting) so that we can follow their travels.
We wish every one of this wonderful team a great and safe adventure and are with them in Spirit every step of the way. GO TEAM KILI!!!
With the Kilimanjaro “Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids” Fundraising Hike approaching fast, our intrepid hikers have been training hard every spare moment they have had, mostly on our Natural Wonder, Table Mountain.
Official preparations have now begun in earnest and the team will depart for Tanzania in 10 days time to take on the the highest mountain in Africa, the magnificent and statuesque Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for Little Fighters Cancer Trust .
They will begin their hike on 1 July, taking on the trek to Uhuru Peak via the Rongai Route, the only northern approach to Kilimanjaro, and which offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb and a very tough final summit from the north.
The hike will take 6 or 7 days, during which the hikers will walk through cypress plantations, montane forest, heather-covered moorland, and traverse slight to extremely steep gradients by day and sleep over in tents, in caves, and in campsites at night.
Good Morning Little Fighter Fans,
I hope you are all having a great Sunday!
Just to give you an idea of what our intrepid hikers that are doing the “Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids” Fundraising Hike are going to have to deal with and will experience, we will be sharing this 3 Part Video Series, “Kilimanjaro – To The Roof Of Africa” over the next couple of weeks… hopefully either during or after the “Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids” trip we will have a personal view…
Good Afternoon Little Fighters Cancer Trust Peeps!
Last week we launched our Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids Fundraising Adventure with you, and this week we are proud to announce that two people who regularly hike with Andre and co were so enamoured of the idea of climbing Kili to raise funds for Little Fighters Cancer Trust that they asked to join the team.
Just a reminder that the Team will depart on 29 June and will start their hike on 1 July, taking on the trek to Uhuru Peak via the Rongai Route to raise Childhood Cancer Awareness and funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. They will sleep over in tents, in caves, and in campsites along the way, and the trek will take 6 or 7 days, getting them back to the base on the evening of the 6th of July.
Things are cooking here at the Little Fighters Cancer Trust ! Today we are introducing yet another Fundraising Adventure ~ Climbing Kili for Cancer Kids.
Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira, is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea level. [Source: Wikipedia]
Four intrepid hikers are going to take on the trek to Uhuru Peak via the Rongai Route in July to raise Cancer Awareness and funds for Little Fighters Cancer Trust.
The Rongai Route is the only northern approach to Kilimanjaro, and offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb and a very tough final summit from the north.