Hastings Runners duo Terry Kitson and Tim Jury reached the top of the highest mountain in Africa to complete their charity challenge.
Terry is raising funds for a charity that is dear to his family’s heart, Epilepsy Lifestyle. Jude, his grandson, suffers from this condition, and has been helped by the charity.
Tim is raising funds for Farm Africa.
Terry said: “After 24 hours of travelling, we were off.
“We climbed steadily during the day, clearing the rain forest, and setting up camp at 2,700 metres.
“The second day was a tough 7 seven hour trek up too Camp Kikelewa at a height of 3,679m and we are all starting to feel the altitude.
The third Day was a push up to Mawenzi Tarn Camp at a height of 4,440m, where we stayed for two days to acclimatise before we were ready to move to our final high camp at Kibo.
“After a six hour hike across an area of flat, almost lunar type landscape, we arrived at our final camp at Kibo at a height of 4,700m, ready for the summit attempt later that day.
“At 11pm we left the camp for a night climb. As we climbed the temperature dropped too -7 with wind speed of 20mph. We made the summit at around 7am.
“After taking a few photos, we then had to return back down, reaching camp at about 11am. After a short break and some food we had to trek down a further six miles to a lower altitude, as we were all feeling the effects of the thin air.
The final day involved a 12 mile hike down to leave the park at Marangu, where we enjoyed a well earned beer, and a much needed shower at our hotel.”
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