After six days, 100km and what is described as one of the most beautiful yet dangerous routes, Jamie Pill from Walcot, Swindon has returned safely from his colossal climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Chris Moyles has done it and now Jamie and his partner Minna have done it by taking on the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, a monstrous 19,340 feet above sea level.
The six day exhausting trek wasn’t the biggest obstacle he had to face though. The low oxygen content levels can cause varying altitude sickness, in some cases fatal. He not only experienced altitude acclimatization, lack of sleep and exhaustion but also foul weather and a week without showering.
However in a survey of people who had already climbed Kilimanjaro, the majority saw it as a positive experience with half of them giving their experience full marks. But it’s not only the experience that makes this all worthwhile, Jamie climbed for the charity Make a Wish which is a UK charity granting magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening illnesses.
Jamie commented “It was an amazing experience, shared with a fantastic group of people and something I’ll never forget. I’m already planning my next adventure!”
Although Jamie didn’t have a camera crew following him up the mountain, his colleagues at the JJ group, a marketing and communications agency based south of Oxford, were mapping out his route in the office throughout the week.