Intrepid Carnoustie fundraiser Linsey McConnachie has returned from an African hike up Kilimanjaro in aid of the Oliver Bosch appeal.
Together with Oliver’s dad, Ben, Graham Davidson, Phil Sandeman, from Kirriemuir, and Sammy Ross, from Carmyllie, the team set off on October 17 for the Tanzanian mountain in a challenge aimed at raising £1,500.
Setting themselves the ambitious summit target, the team trained by walking and cycling. “The biggest challenge is the altitude and there is not much you can do to prepare for that,” said Linsey.
Led by a chief guide and two other local guides, the six-day climb, organised by Zara Tours, took the team on an arduous journey up the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The chosen tour operator donates 25 percent of what they charge to local orphanages.
Sadly, Ben and Sammy suffered from altitude sickness and had to descend, leaving the remaining team with a touch decision.
“Phil, Graham and I reached the summit and chose to climb the full way back down in a oner.
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