Helen will attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895m / 19,341 feet at Uhuru Peak. She will be trekking the Lemosho Route, taking 7 nights, camping on the mountain. As well as experiencing the acute altitude effects, temperatures towards the summit may reach as low as –29 degrees Celcius (-20 degrees F).
Helen says "This goal is especially poignant for me personally as, in 2010 at age 33yrs, I was told by my knee surgeon that I would never walk again without pain. He said that I should try to manage the pain, stop all my ‘extreme’ activities, and come back to him for a new knee when I could no longer stand it. In effect, he told me that this was the end of me doing all the things I love most in life - i.e. being active and exploring the world around me."
"It has been a long road, but with perseverance and pig-headedness I have proved him wrong and maybe, just maybe, I can do this – just before my 40th birthday!"
"Whether or not I make it to the top (and believe me – I will give it my best shot!) I would love this attempt to help the world we live in. There is an overwhelming number of causes I would love to support locally, nationally and internationally, but feeling a global responsibility for those lives without voices, I have finally chosen the World Land Trust."