Chris McLaren's Kili-Challenge Climb
“Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcas of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.”
― Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories
I know a bit about what I will be seeking at that altitude (though I do hope not to share that leopard's fate).
I'll be supporting War Child, an organization that does true good in this world by aiding child victims of armed conflict, none of whom, whoever and wherever they are, had any part in bringing about the horrors they have been subjected to.
I'll be fulfilling a long-held dream, checking a big one off the bucket list, and generally clearing my head and wrecking my body in the mountains - the best place to clear one's head and wreck one's body - as one doesn't generally get a chance to do when living in the Netherlands (this is the selfish part).
And I'll be climbing, in spirit, with my dad, one of my all-time favorite hiking and climbing partners, who's not around to do this one any more, but who a couple of years ago would have signed up for it before I did, been training harder than I am right now and, I can pretty much guarantee you, would have gone on to kick my ass on summit day.
Please donate if you can, whatever you can. Thank you.
To donate from outside the Netherlands, via credit card or bank transfer, please read below:
**To ensure your payment is transferred to my challenge, please be sure to write the following with your donation: Chris McLaren, Kili-Challenge 2018.
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Bank transfer donations:
Bank account IBAN: NL24 INGB 0000 0066 69
Name and address beneficiary: Chris McLaren, Kili-Challenge 2018, War Child Foundation