Tagged: kilimanjaro

As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti

Last week I had the best experience of my life climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I have LOTS of photographs, and I have LOTS to say about the trip, but I have little time right now sop you’ll have to wait for a full report. Until then though, here’s a video of me reading Toto’s “Africa” from the summit:

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The foothills of Kilimanjaro

Well here I am at last. Yesterday I flew out to Nairobi, and this morning I transferred to Kilimanjaro international airport. I’m finally going to climb the mountain.

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I’m using the Wi-Fi in the lodge in which I’m currently staying in order to post this message. Needless to say there will not be an internet connection on the mountain itself.

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The mountain itself is enormous, and I was tested to some spectacular views of it as I flew in, the top rising majestically through the cloud layer to dominate the view through the aircraft window. I cannot wait to climb it.

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There will be no further updates until I have retrieved from the mountain, but the donation website is still available if you wish to donate to the charity fundraiser. http://www.justgiving.com/2Karl

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Look carefully and you'll see the top of the mountain peeking through the clouds

The greatest challenge
I ever faced. Or at least
The second greatest.

Kilimanjaro poetry competition

In August next year, myself, some staff and students from my school will be trekking up Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world and the highest point on the African continent. We’re doing this in order to raise money for charity. Our aim is to raise £30,000.

Any budding poets out there could do me a huge favour and enter the competition which I have organised with Dagda Publishing.

Full details are at http://www.dagdapublishing.co.uk/competitions
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The theme is “Overcoming Obstacles”

It costs £3 to enter, and you can enter up to 5 poems (£3 a poem). Of that £3, £1 will go to Myton Hospice, a charity which not only helps the terminally ill but also provides support to children who have lost loved ones due to terminal illness; £1 will go to Dementia UK, the charity which provides support to sufferers of Dementia and their families (this has a special meaning for me as I lost my grandfather recently to dementia); the final £1 will go into a prize fund.

First prize wins 75% of the prize fund and gets their poem published. Second prize wins 25% of the prize fund and gets their poem published. Third prize gets their poem published.

Even if you think you suck at poetry, go and enter. it helps me out, it helps two great charities out, and it gives you a chance to be creative.