Monday November 17, 2014
In July we covered the upcoming challenge that faced three outdoor enthusiasts, James McLean, CEO of WhiffAway, Nick Cassin and Patrick Kennedy. Their aim was to climb the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet) and in the process raise funds for The Xavier Project, a charity helping out urban refugees in Kenya and Uganda.
The team encountered a number of challenges on their trip, raised a fantastic amount for The Xavier Project, and shared some unforgettable memories along the way.
Post trip, we caught up with Patrick to see how it went….
What was the Mount Kilimanjaro experience like?
Difficult to put into words, but to name a few…..eventful, emotional, exciting, breath taking and both physically and even more so, mentally challenging.
Was the climb a success?
For two out of the three of us it was. Two days prior to the climb, we decided to walk around the Nairobi slums and see first-hand the work that The Xavier Project is doing there, and to witness how people live there on a daily basis. It was an unbelievable and eye-opening experience.
Unfortunately on the morning of the climb and as the next 48hrs unfolded, James became very unwell (having contracted an illness from the slums) and needed medical attention, so with reluctance he had to abort the climb.
Nick and I continued and reached the summit at 6.20am on the fifth morning and descended to the base of the mountain to meet James the same day.
How much money was raised towards the Xavier Project?
We raised in excess of $11,500 (or £7,000). This is the single largest donation the charity has received in its history!
Would you do a similar challenge in the future?
Yes we most definitely would. James sees the challenge as unfinished business, after the chance to reach the summit was cruelly denied to him. We are currently considering other mountains and other ‘extreme challenges’.
Nick, Patrick and James on Day 1 of the Climb
Here are some of the products that the team found useful on their trip: