Last month, my husband Mark and I climbed Kilimanjaro - the highest freestanding mountain in the world - to raise funds for the African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT).
While it was the best experience in both of our lives, it wasn’t easy and I certainly don’t plan to ever do it again! Even so, I miss being on that mountain every day. Although we were lucky with the weather throughout, I can’t deny it was really rather cold during our final ascent in the early hours of the morning. Previously the views helped to take your mind off the climb when you got a bit tired, but here the only thing you could see was your feet in the beam of your head torch, walking on what looked like the surface of the moon. It was worth it though; the view when we finally reached the summit at 6.25am was literally breath-taking (although we coped much better with the altitude up there than I’d expected!). With the sun just beginning to rise, the glaciers glittered in the early morning light and I remember thinking that I will never be anywhere as beautiful again in my life.
What made an unforgettable experience even better, is that fact that through doing this, we have raised money - over £2,500 - to help ALERT’s work towards lion conservation. So many people have sponsored us so generously, including kind ALERT supporters, and Mark and I are grateful from the bottom of our hearts.
My JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/HelenRenniehatesmountains is still open until 31st July. Any donations, however small, will make a big difference and will go 100% directly to ALERT’s work. Thank you for your support.
An Africa without lions is an Africa that has lost its soul. We cannot be the generation that allows this to happen.