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Charity boss to take on Kilimanjaro

Posted 7 January 2011
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Charity boss to take on Kilimanjaro
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A charity worker and her father will be donning walking boots attempting to raise cash for a good cause by climbing Kilimanjaro, it has been revealed.

Chief officer of Sight Concern Worcestershire Jenny Gage will be attempting the ascent of Africa's highest peak with her dad Andrew, The Tewkesbury Admag reports.

The pair aim to raise money for the charity and winter jackets may be high on the essential items list as they will be spending one night on a glacier as they take on the Western Breach route.

Ms Gage noted this is a dangerous way up the mountain after ten people died on it in 2006.

The British Mountaineering Council's own insurance packages for Kilimanjaro climbers charge a higher premium for this route than the other ways up, such as the Lemosho, Rongai or Machame routes.

Kilimanjaro's dangers were also highlighted recently when former tennis star Martina Navratilova had to abandon her climb after suffering from high altitude pulmonary oedema, a potentially fatal condition.