In March 2014, LRL’s Managing Director Rob Lomax took on the ultimate challenge of not only climbing to the top of Africa’s highest mountain but also helping to raise over £50,000 for two great local children’s charities. The money raised during the expedition helped look after and develop young children who attend both Bolton Lads and Girls Club and also Warrington Youth Club. The team of 20 business people from the Bolton and Warrington areas were guided up the Rongai route by Nick Hopkinson and a team of Sherpa’s. Trekking through a variety of terrain from jungle at the base to open expanses at the midpoint and finally up a very steep and slippery snowy and icy ridge under very different temperatures each day from intense heat to -25 on the summit, the challenge was not just physical but also mental.
Rob said of the expedition – “LRL has been a supporter of Bolton Lads and Girls Club for a number of years and when they were looking for people to take on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro I was keen to be involved. I think I must be the only person to have climbed the mountain surviving solely on biscuits! I will not be rushing back to camp for a while as living in a small tent is pretty hard work after a long day on the mountain but we were there to raise money to help children who are not as fortunate as ourselves get a better start in life’s lottery. The whole expedition team really bonded together and made the trip a great experience.”