On Friday 11th October, Nicole is to go to Africa to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for a fantastic cause - the MS Society.
She has been training hard over the past year and has even stopped drinking for her training! The charity itself, the MS Society, is very close to her heart, as her mother had Multiple Sclerosis and the charity helped her family a lot while Nicole was growing up.
Some useful facts about Mount Kilimanjaro
- Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain. At 5895m it has been nicknamed the ‘roof of Africa’.
- It has five major ecological zones and the journey up is the equivalent of going from the equator to Antarctica in a matter of days.
- Starting in a humid, often 30+ degree rainforest, and climbing to the summit, where temperatures can dip anywhere to -25 degrees centigrade.
- The weather is just one of the things that make the climb tough, the main thing which you cannot prepare for is the altitude and possibility of AMS (acute mountain sickness). This is the prominent cause for people not summiting, as it affects everyone differently and can resemble flu, a hangover or even carbon monoxide poisoning. It generally occurs at altitudes above 2400m and at the peak, the oxygen level is 50% that at sea level.
It will take 6 days to ‘conquer’ and will be, both physically and mentally, the toughest thing I will have ever done! Anything you can sponsor is greatly appreciated and it all helps to motivate me further towards the summit.
Click here to make a donation and sponsor Nicole on this incredible adventure! Posted: 09/10/13 by Blake