Mount Elgon Trek Completed

Mount Elgon

Freshly back from the Mount Elgon Challenge 2013, exhausted but elated .... 

I just wanted to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all my generous sponsors and tell my friends & family about the amazing African adventure I have just completed  ....

If you have time to read the next few paragraphs, I hope you will enjoy the up-date, undertaken with the Kent team (all 10 of us). Our aim was to raise much needed funds for 'Fields of Life', who are instrumental in delivering education and water projects to communities across Africa ... 'helping others to help themselves'.

I have to admit that this has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life .... and yet one of the most physically challenging . 6 days of demanding climbing in one of the remotest yet beautiful parts of Africa! 10 Trekkers, 2 Mountain Guides, 4 Armed Rangers, 17 Porters and 2 fantastic Cooks!  .... One Team, One Goal.

Mount Elgon

We had many challenges thrown at us daily including; incredibly steep climbs & descents as we meandered across the second largest Caldera in the world, trekking between 6-9 hours a day ..... demanding weather including hail, rain, mist, cloud cover &  freezing and hot conditions ..... and finally the vicious biting, rather large, ants that got everywhere!!

Mount Elgon

Not for the faint hearted with acute mountain sickness (4321M summit that makes you feel very sick!) as well as building camps every night in wet damp rain-forests & river bank locations,when you are exhausted! 

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

But the determined spirit of the team (and many laughs that you would expect!) made sure that we achieved our aim to get to the top  to fly our sponsors' flags and then down the other side, across the Caldera, via variable and lush terrain  .... 

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon summit

Mount Elgon summit

The scenery was both stunning and diverse ...to think that very few people have ever climbed or trekked Mt. Elgon is so very very special. I cannot recommend more highly this trek and the wonderful local people of Elgon that we were blessed to have around us. 

Take a look at the shots below and I think you will get the idea ...... 

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon Sipi Falls river crossing

Mount Elgon Sipi Falls

Our fabulous Porters who without their support we would have never made the Challenge (gas bottle included)!

Mount Elgon porters

Mount Elgon porters

6 days without a shave was one of the strangest feelings for me, so I thought you may appreciate the new look (not!)

Mount Elgon

We were expertly guided by Jim Young from Adventurous Ewe, who planned & pioneered this unique trek. A welsh 'Man of the Mountains' who used his vast skills and experience to effortlessly get us all through. 

Mount Elgon - Jim Adventurous Ewe

Do take a look at Jim's business as I would personally recommend him for bespoke outdoor experiences. www.adverturousewe.co.uk. Drop me a note if you would like to know more.....  

It has to mentioned that the 'Man from Africa' Nash made our adventure all the more exciting. Nash was a major part of the team success on the Mountain and an excellent bus driver, to boot! He like all the Rangers and Porters gave us a true insight in the wonders of Africa ....

Mount Elgon

 ..... and finally what better when you get down to the bottom that a well deserved BELL beer ;-) 

Mount Elgon

FIELDS of LIFE WORK 

In addition to the Mt. Elgon challenge, we were privileged to visit one of Fields of Life's Schools in Inganga and saw the impressive work of the Headmistress and her Colleagues in action.  

Mount Elgon Fields of Life school Inganga  

Fantastic work in educating the next generation of children, who will solve the complex issues of African development & sustainability alongside the daily struggle for survival.  

Mount Elgon - Fields of Life school Inganga

Mount Elgon - Fields of Life school Inganga

Finally we saw the much needed water projects, with wells in full action, bringing life to communities with this basic human need  ....  

Mount Elgon - Fields of Life water pump

Thanks for taking the time to read this summary and thanks again to ALL my generous sponsors. I have raised well over £3000 and the fund is still rising! The support I have been given to date has been fantastic, and is greatly appreciated.

If you still want to donate, then my JustGiving page is still in operation, although I do fully understand that we have many demands on our out-goings, so please only donate if my efforts hit a chord and you feel it is appropriate to make a small donation. 

THANK YOU .....

 

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