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12 climb Kilimanjaro in aid of SPF

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Just in case you weren't aware of this I thought I'd mention it here that tomorrow 12 individuals fly out to Africa to get ready for Thursday when they start their five-day climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the Steve Prescott Foundation.  If memory serves, Steve himself was originally going to do the climb as well but at present I think he is back in hospital in Oxford as he is not very well again, although he may have now been discharged.

 

Here are the details of the challenge:

 

http://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/Events/EventDetails/tabid/85/smid/409/ArticleID/537/Default.aspx

 

If you want to give to anyone specific then here's the Just Giving account of Ade, a Saints fan well known locally for supporting the SPF, who is one of the twelve:

 

http://www.justgiving.com/Ade-Cunliffe

 

He's not my favourite or anything!  But he's the only one whose details I have. 

 

Good luck to ALL those taking part.  Legends.

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Here is an update from SPF as the group took off for Africa this morning.  They arrived ok for their connecting flight to Kilimanjaro and they should land at their destination at around 3.00am tomorrow.

 

http://www.steveprescottfoundation.co.uk/News/ViewArticle/tabid/80/smid/398/ArticleID/596/reftab/77/Default.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Good luck to them. The Marangu Route they are taking has the smallest success rate as going from 3700m to 4700m on day three is a tough old day. I hope some have taken some diamox tablets before attempting the mountain. Mega experience though and look forward to seeing the photos of the successful summit attempt. :D

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Good luck to them. The Marangu Route they are taking has the smallest success rate as going from 3700m to 4700m on day three is a tough old day. I hope some have taken some diamox tablets before attempting the mountain. Mega experience though and look forward to seeing the photos of the successful summit attempt. :D

I think they will make it but in five days?  Flippin eck!  Madness.  Just madness.

 

They'll be starting off today.  What an amazing group of people.

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An update to say that the intrepid 12 reached the summit of Kili last night and are now on their way back down.  From reports I gather that the final push finished them all off so they will be glad to be making the return journey. 

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They have done very well. To have the summit day as day 4 is a bit of a risk, without an acclimitisation day. Summit day is a long, long day. Good work all.

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They have done very well. To have the summit day as day 4 is a bit of a risk, without an acclimitisation day. Summit day is a long, long day. Good work all.

The aimed to do it in five days, which apparently only 33% of climbers achieve.  They achieved it!

 

The group are now back down the mountain and are due to land at Manchester airport tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon.  I would imagine most of them will sleep for the rest of the week!  What an achievement for all of them.

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What an achievement for all of them.

 

It was certainly an excellent achievement. Slightly stupid trying to do it so fast but they've all lived to tell the tale so congratulations all around. The view is fantastic from Gilman's Point at sunrise and even better from Uhuru Peak (the summit). Congratulations!!!

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It was certainly an excellent achievement. Slightly stupid trying to do it so fast but they've all lived to tell the tale so congratulations all around. The view is fantastic from Gilman's Point at sunrise and even better from Uhuru Peak (the summit). Congratulations!!!

I can barely remember the summit - such was the effects of the altitude.

Its also a quick turnaround for them to be straight back to Manchester, so yes they will be knack'd but elated on a great achievement on many levels.

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