S3 Sponsors Janine Powell in Her Efforts to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Aid of the Hope for Children Charity
29/07/13 | in: General
This September, the daughter of one of our Account Managers, Mick Powell, who is a 1st year Student at the University of York, will trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, with a team from the University, in aid of the Hope for Children Charity.
Hope support millions of children across the world who do not have enough food to eat every day, who do not attend school, live in slums or on the streets, suffer from untreated diseases, are abused and mistreated, never get the opportunities we take for granted and often die early. These children have no one to turn to. Over the last 18 years, Hope have been working tirelessly to support these children. Please take a moment to have a look all the different countries they work in and the different projects they support. www.hope-for-children.org surprisingly, they also provide help for Children right here in the UK which many people find unbelievable in this day and age.
S3 are proud sponsors of Janine and wish her every success in her efforts to complete this monumental task.
Although Janine has been training hard in the Gym, nothing can prepare her for the high altitude that awaits and the problems that this may bring. The summit of Kilimanjaro, the rooftop of Africa and the ultimate African adventure awaits those who dare! Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world and stands at 5,895m. Kibo the snow capped peak is one of the most recognisable sights in the world of adventure and it is the challenge and goal for those who are prepared to tackle the landscape and the altitude to reach the summit. Although designated a walk up mountain, there is a high failure rate due to the extreme altitude and may trekkers cannot cope with the altitude and the sickness that renders them unable to continue.
Higher than Mont Blanc, this is no walk in the park. The Kilimanjaro Summit trek follows the southwest Machame route to the top and over 7 days trekkers try and acclimatise to the altitude and trek through five varied eco systems finishing with a trek to the Summit starting between 22:00 and 00:00.
To give you a taste of the trek, here is a brief outline.
The Machame route, known as the “Whiskey” route, is now the most popular route on the mountain. Machame approaches from the southwest and descends using Mweka, rewarding climbers with views of the expansive Shira Plateau, an optional scramble up Lava Tower, a climb up the Great Barranco Wall, and a traverse underneath Kilimanjaro’s Southern Ice field. The descent occurs on the Mweka route.
Day 1 – The Machame route starts from Machame Gate and travels upwards through the montane rainforest, characterized by dense vegetation, a muddy trail, and short sections of steep climbs. The first campsite, Machame Camp, is right after the dense tree cover in an area with lower but still thick bushlands.
Day 2 – The second day continues through increasingly sparse trees and bushes into moorlands. The day finishes with Shira Camp, which is on a small plateau in the high moorlands, and features views of Kibo in the northwest and Mount Meru towards the east. White necked ravens can be seen throughout the day. There is also a set of small caves a short walk from the campsite known as the Shira Caves. High camp at Barafu. GPS showing elevation (15287 feet).
Day 3 – The third day starts in the moorlands and moves into alpine desert, with fewer trees and more rocks. The highest point is the base of the Lava Tower, after which the trail descends into the Barranco Valley. More vegetation is present in this zone, especially the area just before the campsite. This area is called the “Garden of the Senecios”, which features many of the huge senecio plants. Shorter lobelia plants are also present.
Day 4 – The fourth day starts with the ascent of the Barranco Wall, which is considered a scramble in climbing terms. The trail continues with many up and down sections across small streams and rivulets and finally crosses the Karanga River to the Karanga campsite.
Day 5/6 – The fifth day follows the path up and across a rocky zone, finishing at the high camp Barafu. Very little vegetation can be found on the inhospitable terrain. A field of sedimentary rocks litters the ground. The summit is usually attempted on the very early morning of the sixth day (around midnight). Barafu is also used as a summit campsite for the Umbwe route. Trekkers typically take somewhere between five and seven hours to ascend, using headlamps and cold weather gear. Making the ascent on a full moon or shortly thereafter can make the headtorch unnecessary. The first milestone, generally reached shortly after dawn, is Stella Point (18,652 feet (5,685 m)), which is on the crater rim. Following Stella Point, the trail continues for another 30 minutes to Uhuru Peak, the summit.
The descent back to Barafu takes roughly four hours. Some trekkers scree slide down the slope, which entails skidding/running down the loose gravel at medium speed. From Barafu, trekkers typically take a short break, and continue downwards through the alpine desert and ensuing moorlands to Mweka Camp.
Day 7 – The seventh and final day has trekkers continue through the montane forest to Mweka Gate. Troops of black-and-white colobus monkeys can often be seen in the dense growth.
Once back from the trek and after a well deserved rest, the group will visit one of the projects to see the difference the funds they raise make to the lives of children.
If you would like to make a donation, please follow the below link and help to make a difference to the lives of the Children that Hope support.