Posted 04/12/2013 by BrightHouse Team
How far could you push yourself for a good cause? How about all the way up the highest mountain in Africa, because that’s just what Chris Hunter and Stuart Hay from BrightHouse are doing in February next year, raising money for the NSPCC.
They will be ascending to a staggering 19,341 feet above sea level, taking the Rongai route up the northern side of the mountain, a trek that takes around 5 to 6 days! The pair have been putting themselves through a tough training regime to get their physical strength and fitness levels up in preparation. The Rongai route is one of the less scenic paths up the mountain, but does take climbers through plantations, rainforest, and bush country, with a tough final climb to the summit.
Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. It’s actually a volcano with three distinct peaks, two of which are no longer active, while one is dormant. The mountain is notorious for causing altitude sickness towards the summit, and climbers have to take breaks to acclimatise to the change during the ascent. Even so, every climber will experience discomfort in the form of shortness of breath, and headaches at the very top.
Chris and Stuart are preparing for the tough climb with some other gruelling physical challenges, including a 50 mile cycle around London in December. They have already participated in taking on Britain’s own mountains in the Three Peaks challenge along with Andy Smith and Andrew Parker -which they managed to do in 27 hours! Chris is already a keen mountaineer, and took part in the Ten Peaks challenge with a team of BrightHouse colleagues last year, and Stuart is a very healthy and fit guy who is always on the go, so we’re sure they’ll do brilliantly in this epic journey.
The duo are being supported by Samsung, who have helped them with the purchase of essential kit and equipment for the climb, something they would not have been able to do on their own as the kit is very expensive, and Chris and Stuart are very appreciative of Samsung’s support.
Chris and Stuart will be climbing the mountain in early February next year, and are aiming to raise a massive £12,000 for the NSPCC. You can lend your support to the intrepid mountaineers over on their JustGiving page.
The NSPCC is one of BrightHouse’s official partner charities, specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The NSPCC runs projects and services all over the UK, including more than 40 support centres across the country, and the free and confidential 24-hour helpline for children and young people, ChildLine.