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Kilimanjaro for Otterspool Animal Haven

Please meet a good friend of ours Andrew Green, who in June 2018 will be climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, with an elevation of 19,340 feet (5,895 metres) it has a prominence of 19,308 feet (5,885 metres) is the most prominent mountain in Africa and is located in Tanzania, East Africa.

Climbing Kilimanjaro requires no technical climbing or mountaineering experience. However it is a long trek from base to summit. Some parts of the mountain, namely the Barranco Wall, require basic scrambling skills. In general, anyone with decent fitness can climb Kilimanjaro however the challenge is the mountains high elevation.

High Elevation can cause “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). As high mountains go, the routes on Kilimanjaro
have rapid ascent profiles which means acclimatisation opportunities are relatively poor making the incidence of (AMS) quite high. Some studies show that up to 75 percent of trekkers on summit might suffer from mild and moderate forms of AMS.

With this in mind Andrew has been in training for several months now and has very kindly chosen Otterspool as beneficiary for any sponsorship that he obtains for his efforts.

You can find out more at the Facebook page “Kilimanjaro for Otterspool Animal Haven”. If you would like to sponsor Andrew this can be done on line at “Virgin Money Giving”, just type Andrew Green in the search box. Alternatively Andrew will be in attendance at some of our fund raising events prior to June ‘18 where, he will be happy to chat about his upcoming adventure and will have “old fashioned paper sponsorship forms”. Every £1 pledged will be gratefully received.

A few more interesting facts about Kilimanjaro; It is composed of three distinct volcanic cones: Kibo 19,340 feet (5,895 metres); Mawenzi 16,896 feet (5,149 metres); and Shira 13,000 feet (3,962 metres). Uhuru Peak is the highest summit on Kibo’s crater rim. It is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. The mountain was built by successive lava flows. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi & Shira are extinct while Kibo, the highest peak is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption was 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was only 200 years ago.