Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the highest freestanding mountain in the world: over 19,000ft. This September Lynn Nicolas and Brenda Stoffberg, who both work at Noble’s Hospital, will be taking on the challenge of trekking to the top. Lynn climbed Machu Picchu in 2018 and, in her words, “Kilimanjaro seems the next challenge after that. Also it is my 60th this year – so I want to attempt, and hopefully complete, something that is a real challenge.” When Brenda was asked why she had chosen to climb Kilimanjaro she said “Because it’s there”!!!!
Climbing Kilimanjaro is all about that final ascent to the summit, reaching the crater rim at Stella Point and then to the signpost at Uhuru (the highest point). Their route will take 8 days camping and involves walking up to 7 hours per day through 5 distinct different climatic zones. Lynn and Brenda will need mental and physical robustness and endurance to undertake this trek. There’s no doubting it is a huge challenge, and though the climb is not technically as challenging as the Himalayas or Andes, the high elevation, low temperature, and occasional high winds can make Kilamanjaro a difficult trek. Acclimatization is required, and even experienced and physically fit trekkers may suffer some degree of altitude sickness.
Approximately 25,000 people attempt to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro annually. Approximately two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back.
You can show your support to Lynn and Brenda by making a donation to Bowel Cancer Isle of Man using the special Paypal link below. Lynn said, “We would both like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support and for their kind donations to a local charity which is making a big difference in raising awareness and in supporting people who have been affected by bowel cancer.”