CatchingLives volunteer Sheila Miller will be joined by her daughter Jae and grandson Oscar in a trek to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain which stands at 19,341 ft above sea level.
They are hoping to raise £5,895, a pound for every metre they climb, with half of the money raised going to Catchinglives and the other split between various Exodus projects around the world, including a Tanzania Porters School that teaches useful skills to both male and female porters.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania and is the highest free-standing mountain in the world. There are several different routes to make the trip with some taking up 10 days to complete. A difficulty many climbers must deal with is adapting to the altitude. If climbers decide to tackle to steepest routes with the quickest ascent they are in danger of succumbing to altitude sickness as their body fails to adapt to the lack of oxygen in the air.
The trio plan to leave the UK on the 19th of August 2015, and hope to reach the summit around a week later.
Shelia admits she is not the most experienced of climbers, having never been up a hill in her life! She has been preparing for her expedition by swimming, doing pilates and walking the nearby Crab and Winkle route between Canterbury and Whitstable.
Sheila volunteers with Catchinglives in the kitchen, helping to prepare lunch for clients accessing the daycentre.
Sheila, Jae & Oscar’s blog, which has regular updates on their preparation and the reasons behind the decision to take on such a daunting task, can be found here
If you would like to support Sheila and her family you can sponsor them here
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