Richard Darkes, KAL’s Team Leader for Leeds Road Sports Complex has shared his amazing journey of conquering the Kilimanjaro climb and much more this summer!
"The planning process for the expedition to Kilimanjaro started two years ago. I was contacted by a school from Surrey to see if I would lead a four week expedition to Tanzania. The school is a private school that caters for young people with a range of learning difficulties. The trip consisted of fourteen pupils (15 years of age) and two members of teaching staff. The four week itinerary briefly included:
- One week trekking and working with the Maasai people in the Serengeti National Park
- One week on project putting the roof on a school and assisting in teaching duties
- One week climbing the mountain
- One week with a safari and various R & R activities
The young people raised substantial (£5000) funds through a variety of activities at school over the two year period. These funds were then used to carry out the substantial works to the school project.
The culmination of the trip was the Kilimanjaro climb. The group took the eight day Lemosho Route. This is a route that allows groups a greater opportunity to gain valuable acclimatisation and is also far more picturesque than many of the other routes on the mountain.
Early on in the expedition I utilised my personal training qualifications to ensure all members of the group had the opportunity to take part in fitness sessions. This allowed them to take the challenges of the mountain in their stride with every member of the group reaching the summit with no real difficulties other than being extremely tired".
Well Done Richard from everyone here at KAL!