FBM are proud to announce that our Tenby estates manager Luke Remington has succesfully scaled mount Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world at 5895m above sea level. Its summit is "Uhuru Peak" which in English means 'Freedom' and it was this freedom was felt by well know local FBM Estate Agent, Luke Remington who has recently returned from conquering Africa's highest mountain.
The six day expedition concluded with the final six-hour ascent to the crater rim of Kibo which began around midnight with lungs strained to bursting in the thin cold air, biting winds and temperatures as low as -25. Altitude sickness can lay the fittest person low on Kilimanjaro's upper reaches but Luke said "I trained had in the run up to the climb and it was a great feeling to actually make the peak, you always have doubts niggling away that it might just not happen".
On returning from the trip, Luke made donations to the flooding disaster affecting Pakistan and also McMillan Cancer Support.
FBM was proud to sponsor Tim Hughes, Lee Rees, Guy Wilson, Phill Owen, Jonathon Evans, Roger Harris, Graham Williams and Nigel Flower who conquered Mount Killimanjaro.
The Kilimanjaro climb came about because of the 10th anniversary of The Pembrokeshire Charity Bike Ride it was felt that the 10th anniversary should be marked with an extra event to try and raise as much money as possible for the chosen charities . Training for the climb started on the 28 th December 2009 with a climb of Mt Snowdon and continued for six moths with coastal path walks day trips to the Brecon Beacons and gym work outs.
The climb lasted six days and the whole team will agree was the hardest thing we had all done we had 4 days of trekking 8 to 10 hours a day. Summit day started on the 30th of June with a full days trekking to get us to Barrafu camp we arrived there at 4pm and the had a brief meal and the tried to get our heads down for a little bit we were awoken at 11.30 for a midnight start for the summit after 8 hours trekking I finally reached the summit at 5 past 8 in the morning after photos and a drink of ginger tea the descent started 4 and a half hours later we were back at Barrafu camp for a brief rest, lunch and another 4 hour trek to Millennium camp where we stayed the night and the following day was another 5 hour trek to the Shira gate and a bus ride back to the hotel .
The Charities , F.R.A.M.E. , Pembrokeshire Puffins Disabled Swimming Squad, Carreg Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Trust, The Paul Sartori Foundation and Pembrokeshire Guide Dogs For the Blind .We as a team have managed to raise in excess of £30,000 pounds for our Charities we wish to extend our sincere thanks to all who have contributed to this adventure
The Kilimanjaro climbers were Tim Hughes, Lee Rees, Guy Wilson, Phill Owen, Jonathon Evans, Roger Harris, Graham Williams and Nigel Flower