Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Pair bidding to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in five days for charity

TWO friends were attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer

TWO friends were attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro this week to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, writes Colin Gunney.

Hayden Cooper, who works for Creative Design & Structure in Henley, and Barney Wytchard, assistant golf professional at Caversham Heath Golf Club, began the climb early on Saturday morning and hoped to reach the summit by yesterday (Thursday) by trekking for up to 12 hours a day. Their descent will take about four days.

Mt Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895m above sea level.

The men, who are both in their twenties, were climbing the Macheme route, which is the quickest, starting at around 7.30am each day and carrying backpacks weighing up to 15kg.

They were accompanied by a group of guides, porters and doctors.



In March temperatures are around 36C, falling by about one degree for every 200m of altitude and at night falling below freezing. Before the pair left the UK, Mr Cooper said: “We did a lot of research before deciding on this challenge. We knew how hard it was going to be, particularly getting acclimatised to the conditions.”

Mr Wytchard said: “Both of our families have been touched by cancer in one way or another so we thought it was time we gave something back. We wanted to take on something out of our comfort zone and a venture that would give us as much of a challenge as we could face.

“Our parents have been very supportive and are proud of us.”

To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/barneyandhaydenclimbtobeatcancer



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