Dave Blood Conquers Mt Kilimanjaro

Last month Dave Blood, Engineering Manager, started the journey to the roof of Africa as he joined a charity trek to scale the 5,895m summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest peak. At 19,341 feet above sea level and with temperatures getting as low as -27 degrees C at the summit, the climb was both challenging and exhausting. To make sure he was able to complete this expedition, Dave undertook a 6 month training programme to prepare him to endure the high altitudes, cold temperatures and steep climb.

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The seven day expedition to Kilimanjaro was undertaken by a team of trekkers from across Norfolk and Suffolk, to raise money for the Zoological Society of East Anglia. The society was founded in 2013 in order to promote worldwide animal conservation.  Their objectives are focused on the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered animals as well as providing education and promotion of knowledge and information about them.

Dave and team

Their seven-day route carried them through dramatic volcanic scenery, including traversing steep rock walls and river valleys, and crossing landscapes ranging from dense rainforest to alpine moorland and windswept alpine desert. Of the 13-strong team, nine reached the summit, with the expedition so far raising more than £23,000 to help endangered animals around the world.

Dave was one of the nine trekkers who reached the summit. He found it extremely challenging but he said, “the thing that really kept me going during the summit night was the rest of the team. Knowing that each and every single one of us wanted each other to make it to the summit really helped push me through.”

If you would like to sponsor Dave you can do so through this link: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidBlood

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