Trio will face treacherous weather conditions for Kilimanjaro climb
3:30pm Friday 25th October 2013 in NW
CLIMBING Mount Kilimanjaro is hard enough, but climbing it at the most dangerous time of year is another challenge altogether.
Yet that is exactly what Gary Houghton, who is originally from Leigh but now lives in Dubai, is doing in the hope of raising more than £1,000 for the Joining Jack charity.
The 38-year-old, alongside friends Sean Dutton and Steve Staley, will battle altitude, extreme weather and lack of sleep to try to reach the summit of the highest peak in Africa in five days.
Gary said: “Our climbing company has advised us that the time of year we are doing the climb is considered significantly more dangerous than at any other time of the year, due to the heavy rainfall and sub-zero temperatures.
“We have been told that we can expect to encounter -40 degree chill factor cross winds coming off the glacial caps and sleeping temperatures of -10 to -15 degrees. All of these factors will make the climb very challenging to say the least.”
The trio all moved to Dubai five years ago from the north west and want to help raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects one in 3,500 boys.
“We are looking forward to the experience, the challenge and getting to the top, not to mention having a break from the six-day-a-week training routine that we have all had to endure.
“But we are dreading the lack of sleep, altitude sickness and being away from our families,” the dad-of-one said.
They have been training six days a week for the climb on November 2, but there is little that can prepare them for the effects of altitude.
Gary said: “The altitude is what would stop us from reaching the summit but, during the past five months training together, we have become even closer friends and we will push each other when the going gets tough.”
To sponsor the trio, visit www.justgiving.com/DXBKilimanjaro.
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