Kilimanjaro 2015

Kilimanjaro 2015

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I got the dream job this winter.  One of my good friends, Nick Ashley of Red Rock International, contacted me to ask if would like to climb Kilimanjaro with a group of international students from Qatar.  My role would be mentor and guide, though the actual logistics and leading of the group would be done by a Tanzanian registered company.

The end of February found me landing in my fourth African country, and after a day of exploring  I got to meet the group that I and many others had been preparing for.  In total we were 14, from   10 countries: India, Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, Philippines, Palestine, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, USA & the UK.  We worked out that between us we spoke 14 different languages.  This was one special group!

Climbing the mountain is straightforward, there are no technical sections on the route we chose (The Rongai).  The main issue is altitude.  From day 3 this starts to kick in, and a few people starting to lose their appetite and generally feel unwell.  By the summit day many people were feeling unwell, but everyone made it to the summit and back safely.

None of the participants had ever climbed a mountain, or been at altitude so their success is even more remarkable considering their lack of experience.  I was so proud of each one and have come away from the trip richer from the whole experience, but most of all I felt it an enormous privilege to be in Africa again with such an amazing eclectic group!

Oh – and it was great to beat my previous altitude record, now at 5895 metres.  It’ll take a while before my son will beat that …. I hope.

Matt

 

 

 

Working at the Park

Working at the Park

 

For anyone that has been to Le Grand Bois Adventure Park, you will know that we are privileged to have an amazing location.  We have worked hard in the past to have a park that is great fun, gives plenty of challenges and is attractive to family members and hard core adrenalin junkies alike!

 

This year is our tenth anniversary and we are changing almost everything – except the Mega Tyrolienne, that is too unique to mess with.

 

So what does is mean to change the Park?  Well the first we have to inspect all the trees and makes sure they are safe, and unfortunately this year after all the storms and rain of the autumn we had quite  a lot of work to do!  You can watch a video of us battling the trees here:

 

 

Over the next few posts we’ll show you more photos of what it means to destruct and re-construct a park.

 

Enjoy,

 

Matt