Mt. Kilimanjaro Charity Climb 2004
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8 Participants (2004)
Despite our group being quite small, we nevertheless managed to collect all the money required to build the school Nursery this year. Your support to our group of participants was very much appreciated. Thank you.
Are you thinking of doing this yourself next year? As you can see, we are simply a mix of individuals from all over the place. We only in some way shared a connection with BA, an interest in the KVEP goal, and a desire to get to the top of Kilimanjaro!
|Below (alphabetical) ...|
|Mr Ian Ripper, Tour Coordinator (UK)
Guerba Representative and promoter of tour to BA. Guerba is an Adventure tour company. Please see there website at www.guerba.com. They are also arranging a 2005 Charity climb up Kilimanjaro (More). For specific information on next year's climb, contact Ian at Guerba on 01373 828302 or:
"Descending the steep scree slopes from the summit of Kilimanjaro, I vowed “never again”. Despite the exhilaration of reaching Africa’s highest point, I was well and truly exhausted by now and couldn’t see the joy of it all. Just a few hours earlier we were euphoric as we reached the top, and later, back in the company of our group of 8 climbers, we revelled in the achievement with a sense of well being enhanced because this climb had raised enough money to build a pre-school for the kids in the villages below us. It’s very heartening to see the direct results of these fundraising efforts and to see kids in Africa really gaining from what we do. Despite the “never again” feelings, next year will see me up there again as we attempt to raise enough money to build a home for the street kids of Moshi.
This was the 4th time I climbed Kili, and I have to say, the most enjoyable. It was great to be in such good company. 3 pilots and a manager from BA, and 3 from North America, plus myself – all with the bond of having raised money to build a school for the locals. Having this purpose to the trip and the team spirit it engendered, plus the fact we took a less travelled route meant we were together as a group throughout and could help each other through the tough bits, which at some point or other we all went through. I enjoyed the trip tremendously and “never again” until next time!"
|Mr Pat Brown, Participant (USA)
FMC Technologies. BA Ground Support supplier. (Photo CA Garrett)
the beginning to end I did not know what to expect. You see, I'm
not an outdoors/camping type person. Aside from sleeping in a tent
outside my back yard in the warm Florida weather with my kids once or
twice a year, I don't think I've ever really "camped-out" in
my life. Then after the first couple days on the mountain and
getting used to the camping life, I became exhausted from all the
walking, in combination with the lack of oxygen. Sounds pretty
bad, doesn't it? Actually, it was fantastic and something that I
would recommend to anyone fit enough to take on the challenge. It
was an experience with a wonderful group of people that I will truly
|Captain John Eagles, Participant (UK)
Retired BA Captain. B747-400. (GSS)
Within 18 hours of leaving London,
you are established in the hotel with a view of the summit of
Kilimanjaro and it is awesome to imagine that in a few days you will,
hopefully, be standing there! The next day involved visiting
the site of the school that would be benefiting from the money the team
was raising - just a glimpse of how poor the children really are made
the whole project seem worthwhile.
|Ms Carol Ann Garratt, Participant (USA)
Retired. FMC Technologies. BA Ground Support supplier. Carol Ann flew around the world Feb-Oct 2003 to raise money for Lou Gehrig's disease (or ALS -Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) charity. Please view her website about that trip at www.kerrlake.com/mgarratt (Photo CA Garrett)
Reaching the top was a significant and unexpected emotional experience. Physically, I was completely exhausted. When I finally made it to the top, tears flooded uncontrollably down my face as I hugged each of the members of our group. As significant as the climb was, visiting the school where our money for charity was going to build a nursery, was also touching. Meeting the teachers and seeing the children and their need made the trip and climb much more meaningful.
|Mr Jim Hennessy, Participant (UK)
BA Ramp Manager LGW.
the only person of the group not to climb to the top, I have a different
set of emotions to the rest. Having spent a year getting fit, losing 3
stone in the process, and fund raising the actual event became real when
we visited the schools and met the children. Their smiling faces really
made it all worthwhile.
|SFO Nickesh Shah, Participant (UK)
BA pilot. Airbus A-320.
I went to Africa for the first time in 1990 and fell in love with the continent. On my travels I saw Mount Kilimanjaro and decided I had to climb it in my lifetime. So when thumbing through the BA news last year with an advert asking people to raise money for a great cause and to climb the mountain; I could not turn down the offer.
Being the youngest member of the group I imagined I could cope with Altitude sickness with the added advantage of working at 8.000ft (2500 m) most days [cockpit pressure]. How very wrong! Without the encouragement from the rest of the group and some tenacity I would have not made it.
So if you are looking for a challenge – Want to feel light headed and with the possibility of vomiting at the end without going anywhere near a watering establishment. Then this is it!
|Mr John Whittaker, Participant (CANADA)
Retired BC Land Surveyor, age 65. Father of BA pilot (Brian, below).
trip was a "slice of Life". Our companions were all delightful
and the climb itself was challenging. We all got along very well and our
leader, Ian, was a master of patience and understanding.
guides and porters were very decent men; I heard nothing but good will
and cheerfulness from them. They earned every cent of our tips which we
gave them and vastly contributed to our successful climb.
think I enjoyed meeting some of the local people as much as the climb
itself. I thought Katy Alan was marvellous. She and her husband
Dilly work side by side and administer and support twelve schools in the
village- no small feat. I also enjoyed meeting one of her head teachers,
Elizabeth, because even though my wife Sandra and she are of different
races and cultures, I recognized that they are both very similar in
their grace and manner and in the way that they interacted with small
children. I loved talking to some of the local ladies carrying and
selling bananas and Brian and I had some interesting exchanges with some
of them. We also were privileged to meet a young American girl called
Valerie Johnson who is trying, almost single handed, to run an orphanage
in Moshi. There are not words enough to describe how hard she is working
and how little she has to work with.
a word about the Marangu Hotel. I loved it, just the kind of place where
you can sit on the lawn among the beautiful shrubs, trees and flowers and
nurse a "gin and tonic". We were treated royally. Because
Brian now lives in England, (as opposed to his birthplace, Victoria,
Canada) it was a unique opportunity for us to have some quality time
together- a wonderful trip. We loved Kenya and Tanzania.
|SFO Brian Whittaker, Participant (UK)
BA pilot. B747-400. (Son of John, above).
Creator of this website at: www.BrianWhittaker.com/charilty
This is my web site. Please allow my photographs to express the enjoyment that I had on this truly wonderful trip. It was an honour to be able to participate with my other colleagues in support of this charitable cause.
I believe it to be true that this probably is the easiest and less dangerous "big" mountain in the world. If you are determined to get to the top, then it is quite likely you will succeed. I am very happy that I invited my father to come along and suggest that if you ever get a chance to do something similar, then it is a truly memorable journey.
Here is a copy of my text from the first update page, subtitled "Me and my Dad" (Link):
I had a really really great trip with my Dad! From flying him (as pilot) over to England from Canada in the jumbo, to standing on the top of the highest peak in Africa, to returning him safely to Mom in Victoria (as passengers) in a floatplane, this trip was one to remember. We both felt at home in this foreign land, with our feet on the cool mountainous terrain, while trekking our way up the slopes. We also both shared an impending excitement of climbing our highest mountain, with thoughts filled with exploration and adventure. My Dad just loves climbing mountains. At age 65, it is the one place everyone knows he is happiest! I managed to capture one of his innocent adventurous grins on film (below). This is where my Dad becomes as happy as a schoolboy, a trait that he's managed to pass on to me.
The realities of family, career, and the 7600 km between us now have meant that we no longer routinely do these activities. With hind sight, I can see that all our many hikes together have actually faded into many years gone past. In fact, I realise that a lot of my fresh memories of hiking larger peaks with Dad are actually now old memories and quite distant, when I was a shorter, smaller, young child or teenager. This might help explain why I felt very happy and comfortable on this climb, as I had all the familiarities of the past, but was no longer the little straggler. My Dad didn't quite make the extra little bit to the very top summit of Kilimanjaro that morning as I did, but he will be forever triumphant that he made the crater rim, the traditional "Top" with the Certificate to prove it. Congratulations Dad. Trip nickname "Babu".