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Builder completes Kili climb

Posted 16 November 2010
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Builder completes Kili climb
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A Building firm manager from south-west London has managed to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise money for a schools charity in Africa.

Stephen O'Neill from Hampton climbed Africa's highest peak with 31 others for locally-based charity African Revival, which saw him raise £3,000 for projects in Zambia and Uganda, the Richmond Guardian reports.

He told the paper altitude was a problem, but added: "It's something you've just got to get on with, you've just got to get up there. It's a beautiful feeling, it was a massive achievement."

Those wishing to take on the 19,340 ft mountain themselves may wish to invest in winter jackets and fleeces to deal with the cold at night, as well as walking boots, rucksacks and trekking poles for the daytime hikes.

A number of different ways up the mountain have been established, including the Lemosho, Machame, Marangu and Rongai routes.

It is mandatory to take guides, who help lead, carry luggage and set up camp.