Summit of Kilimanjaro

The Roof of Africa. Uhuru, the ultimate summit, is on the far right. Glacier to the left. Mount Meru, on the horizon, is overlaid by the shadow of Kili itself.

Well, I made it. The picture here was taken at 6.45am (Eastern African time, GMT +3) on Sunday 2nd August. The peak on the right is the highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro. It took just over five days of walking to reach this point, the whole walk being seven days and, particularly on the final climb, was definitely the hardest physical undertaking I’ve faced. But I did it.

And so…. I’ve blogged about it, as I do. You can read all about it on the Kilimanjaro page which I’ve added to the “International Walks” section. Please do have a look.


Mawenzi. I see a movie with this as its background (but perhaps I am just thinking of “Zulu”)

I did all this, at least in part, to help support my local search and rescue team, Calder Valley Search and Rescue. Supported entirely by donations and volunteering, they seek at the moment to acquire a new off-road ambulance to help them in their valuable task of looking after walkers and others who may get into difficulties on the fells around West Yorkshire. I have a sponsorship page at which you can visit. Every little helps. Thank you…

Hugill Fell summit

Joe on Hugill Fell’s summit, looking towards Potter Fell

When the British weather wants to it can come up with some very fine days indeed. Yesterday, 23/5/15, was one of those days. Sunshine, warmth and wonderful visibility combined to make the straightforward walk 97 a highly worthwhile experience for both myself and Joe, who came with me. Three summits bagged — High Knott, Hugill Fell (pictured) and Reston Scar. So as of today I have bagged 306 of the 330 Wainwrights, so have 24 to go. (Joe has now bagged 25 of them.) I hope to be finished in September.

Calder Valley search and rescue team

Calder Valley search and rescue team (image from

Before then — from 25th July to 6th August — I will be in Tanzania, climbing all 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) of Kilimanjaro. I am doing this on behalf of the good people of my local Calder Valley Search and Rescue team (see

After several years’ walking I have learned to appreciate the importance of search and rescue teams. No one expects to get into trouble on the hills, but it can happen to anyone, and then search and rescue teams can be all that stand between life and death. Yet all the teams are made up of volunteers and supported entirely by donations. It can cost around £30,000 – £40,000 a year to run these services. Please support me in this foolhardy quest and help raise money vital for the provision of search and rescue around Hebden Bridge and the Calder Valley. I hope to raise at least £1,500 through my efforts. You can visit my sponsorship page at … many thanks in advance!