Last week our Founder Ian Nuttall and former Stadium Director of Twickenham (RFU) Richard Knight travelled to Tanzania to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment; Climbing Kilimanjaro.
We are immensely proud to announce that the trek was a huge success and both Ian and Richard successfully completed the climb, with Ian raising almost £4,000 for SANDS the stillbirth and neonatal death charity – a very deserving cause.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain on earth. Crowned with an everlasting snow-cap, this majestic mountain can be found inside the Kilimanjaro National Park of Tanzania and the Kilimanjaro climb might be one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world.
Once the journey’s arduous effects had subsided, we caught up with a very proud Ian to hear his thoughts on the experience:
“Well, I made it… without the help of oxygen but with the support of a jolly crew of fellow trekkers, local porters and expert guides.
It took 6 days to reach the top with the final 1400m climb covered in a 6 hour stint through the early hours, to arrive on top for sunrise on Thursday morning.
It was not easy – certainly the hardest thing I’ve ever done – and a third of our group dropped out along the way from a mix of breathing difficulties, altitude sickness and exhaustion.
It’s great to be back… and I feel quite humbled by the experience, spending the weekend being thankful for real toilets, modern mattresses and the lucky lives we have in Western Europe….
I’d like to sincerely thank everyone for the kind donations. With your help, we’ve raised just short of £4,000 for SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity so far – with the generous support of industry friends at Croke Park (GAA) and Emirates Old Trafford (Lancashire County Cricket Club).
P.S. Everyone’s been asking… What’s next? Not sure… But I did find myself donning my boots and clambering onto the Downs this morning at 6am with two happy dogs in tow. It’s a madness with no apparent cure…”