Linda climbed Kilimanjaro in June 2018 as part of the Ultra Adventures Team, here’s her account of the experience.
“Articulating my experience of climbing Kilimanjaro is simply impossible! It was an incredible, life-changing experience from start to finish.
I had no experience climbing before and I was greeted at the airport by a team of amazingly motivated, inspiring, warm-hearted people and instantly I knew there would only be one outcome. I felt safe with the team and our brilliant medic Natalie, and we were all there for the same shared reason, to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
From the first day of climbing, with adrenaline rushing through us, I received nothing but constant support, kindness, motivational chats, banter, empathy, encouragement and an abundance of laughter! We were all from different walks of life, but we took care of each other.
The beauty of the mountain is breathtaking, the views are indescribable. You push yourself beyond your limits and share an experience with people that you may not see in person again. But the bond we share is one that words can’t describe and I find it hard to verbalise.
I’d like to wish everyone Good Luck. Enjoy every single minute of the most unique and truly phenomenal days that you may ever have!”
I’m always someone that likes to challenge myself and when an opportunity from Ultra Adventures came along to climb Kilimanjaro, I was instantly interested!
Being a former Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor I’ve been physically and mentally pushed to my limits but this trip was something different. There were 15 of us who started, all complete strangers to me but by the end of the 7 days, from what we experienced, I now consider them much more than friends! The local support crew from Ashanti Tours were incredible and made the trip that extra bit special.
Have you ever wanted to experience one of the seven wonders of the world? Or climb the highest mountain in Africa? Because I have. Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro have always been on my bucket list! Now we’re in 2018 I want to experience as much as I can and along the way, help raise money for charity.
I have always wanted to do new and exciting things for charity but a run or a swimathon never excited me, so this year I will be taking a big challenge and getting ready to do Mount Kilimanjaro and Machu Picchu. I know it’s going to be hard but I also know it will be worth it!
Knowing that Ultra Events have their sights set on raising £17 Million for Cancer Research UK at the end of 2018, that spurred me on even more, I wanted to be that little part of that.
I took part in Ultra White Collar Boxing in 2015 and since haven’t done anything as exciting for charity, as soon as Ultra Adventures popped up on my screen I read all about it, it popped up at the right time and this is something I have always wanted to do.
I can’t imagine the feeling of walking through the phenomenal viewpoints and stunning scenery on the Inca trail, the pictures I have seen are amazing and being able to have the chance to see it in person, why not jump to the chance? Kilimanjaro is another thing with amazing views, I can’t imagine the rush you get when you reach the top of the mountain, the view must be incredible. To be with a group of people who are all doing it for the same reason as you are is great.
I cannot wait to start my journey with Ultra Adventures.
I have supported Cancer Research UK for many years and have done various challenges to raise as much money as possible. In June 2017, I took on my biggest challenge yet – Mount Kilimanjaro!
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. I knew it was going to be tough, I was going to have to train hard, but I also knew that is was going to be an incredible experience. The great thing about Mount Kilimanjaro is that it is non-technical which means almost anyone can do it!
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