Tim has done it!!
21st July to 5th August 2018
Supporting the MS Society -- $2,128.80 raised
Kilimanjaro is 5,985 metres, Tim will climb 2,885 metres from the start at 2,100 metres.
Tim's Story -- Before the climb or click here for The Story of Climb
I am climbing Mt Kilimanjaro beginning on 21st July 2018 and returning on August 5th 2018. There will be a party of three Australians with one guide, one cook and lots of porters. We need lots of porters because for every porter carrying our gear there needs to be another carrying gear for two porters!
My journey into mountain climbing and bushwalking commenced nearly sixty years ago at school where I was privileged to attend Timbertop in Victoria. As 14 year olds we were allowed to head off into mountainous country for up to four days at a time in parties of three or four. There was no supervision and we were fully responsible for navigation, feeding and cooking for ourselves, erecting waterproof tents at night (not always successfully) and then getting back to campus before dark on the final day. This sort of adventurousness would never be allowed today. I subsequently attended Outward Bound Adventure School on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney both as student and instructor. Ever since I have bushwalked in every State of Australia and continue to enjoy the wonderful opportunities offered by our adjacent Namadgi National Park here in Canberra.
In 2017 in Western Australia where I was working at sedating horses for an equine dentist, a client advised they were heading off to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in July 2018. I dared to ask if I could join them and to my surprise was accepted. I had related the story that my most recent climb in 2016 had been to the top of Mt Agung in Bali where my age had exceeded the combined ages of the other three members of the climbing party! I think they thought I would pull my weight and not slow them down.
It has long been a goal of mine to climb Kili but work and family commitments have always intervened. Now it is only two months away and I am getting very excited about the opportunity. The Canberra Bridge Club has as its major charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Society. They are researching this debilitating disease and I had an aunt die from it while she was quite young. I have also had a daughter die from a brain tumour. This makes me wish to support researchers investigating pathology affecting the brain. As a veterinarian working with CSIRO and other Universities I understand why neurological conditions such as MS and brain tumours are resisting research efforts to be solved and cures developed. It occurred to me that by requesting sponsorship for my adventure I may be able to help contribute to the research effort and the Bridge Club could follow my journey as we wend our way up the mountain through the jungle and across the upper heath land before tackling the final screes and snow that adorns this 5,994-metre mountain placed right on the equator in central Africa. We are following the Lemosho route which will take seven days to complete before descending off the mountain in just two days. The reason we take so long to climb is because there is less than 50% atmospheric pressure on the summit compared to sea level and the body needs time to accommodate to the decreased oxygen. We only walk for 3-5 hours a day the rest of the time is spent resting and observing the fauna and flora while our bodies get used to breathing less oxygen!
Should any members of the club feel this is a worthwhile project I am sure the Bridge Club would appreciate any donations, so they can support their charity.