To celebrate SR Timber’s 10th anniversary, our very own Richard Stone and Jason Lumley are Going for Gold and embarking on an expedition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Their expedition consists of 7 days of trekking – starting close to the Tanzanian / Kenyan border, before summiting at Uhuru Peak: 5,895m above sea level on the 25th August 2016.
As a way of giving back to the community, and as part of the challenge, we are raising money for British Heart Foundation, a charity that is dear to many peoples’ hearts.
We would love it if you could support us in this mammoth challenge. All donations will go directly to the British Heart Foundation, so simply visit the Just Giving page by clicking the ‘Sponsor Me’ button below. Alternatively you can text ‘GOSR89′ and the amount you wish to donate (e.g. GOSR89 £3) to 70070. You’ll also have the chance to add an extra 25%, with Gift Aid, to your donation at no extra charge.
Please follow our blog with updates on our progress leading up to the big day!
So after 6 days of constant trekking through dozens of natural habitats, 5 different ecosystems and an almost 6000m ascent, it brings me great pleasure to announce that Rich & Jason SUCCESSFULLY SUMMITED MOUNT KILIMANJARO! All their hard work paid off! Following Rich & Jason from start to finish and seeing the progress they’ve made […]
The time has come. 7 months of training, preparation, sacrifice, excitement, anticipation and blog writing come to a head this weekend. Everything that can be done is done (hopefully!). It’s time for Rich & Jason to grab the challenge of a lifetime by the scruff of the neck and go all in to take on […]
As the very well-known song by ‘Europe’ goes: We’re leaving together, But it’s still farewell To earth, who can tell? I guess there is no one to blame We’re leaving ground. Will things ever be the same again…? IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (Air guitar) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! …and these wonderfully anthemic lyrics certainly do resonate […]
As the world’s largest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is a massive geographical structure, so big in fact, that it essentially creates its own weather – and who’s going to argue? Due to its proximity to the equator, Kilimanjaro does not experience wide temperature changes from season to season, instead, the temperatures on the mountain […]
Rich & Jason are in the privileged position of knowing each other (as well as colleagues go) – otherwise the combination of a shower-less week with limited hygiene, hot days, cold nights and confined floor space can create one awkward cocktail. Kilimanjaro is a nucleus of potential hygiene hazards and although they can’t always be […]
Whether you like it or not, unless you have a ludicrous amount of money, you spend the majority of your life at work, right? Whether THEY like it or not, generally your colleagues get good insight into your daily life; lifestyle, hobbies, habits, likes, dislikes, traits etc. You’ve read a lot about Rich & Jason […]
Jason’s greatest fear is encountering man eating mammals on the expedition – so let’s take a closer look at the immense wildlife population on Mount Kilimanjaro and the forests that cover the lower slopes. There are around 140 species of mammals on the mountain, including 7 primates, 25 carnivores (sorry Jason), 25 antelopes and 24 […]
It’s been nearly 6 months since Rich and Jason took on the Kilimanjaro challenge and began planning how to tackle the beast. Although that seems like a distant memory now, there are only 3 months to go until they’re standing looking up, open mouthed and sweaty in the blazing African heat. Is it approaching too […]
There are seven established routes up Kilimanjaro (Rongai, Machame, Marangu, Lemosho, Umbwe – and the two I can actually pronounce – Northern Circuit and Western Breach) all of which present their own individual challenges, suiting climbers of different ilk. Marangu is seen as the natural route of choice for inexperienced climbers as it’s perceived the […]
When you’re climbing such a beast as Mount Kilimanjaro, what is the last thing you need? Each to their own, but I’d personally say, additional weight – and taking into account all the equipment required, there could be up to an extra 15kg on Rich & Jason’s backs! Hence Rich’s upper body gym work and […]