Staffs, United Kingdom (11th September, 2012) – Private Kilimanjaro, a leading, expert provider of private and group climbs up Mount Kilimanjaro, announces that Joseph Ayoub, aged 12, became the youngest Brit to successfully climb Kilimanjaro last week, while his mum became the most glamorous summiteer this year.
Mum and son summited after climbing for 7 days up Kilimanjaro’s demanding Machame route. While Joseph celebrated by promoting the Kilimanjaro charity website he had built himself, his mum, who runs her own designer sportswear business, felt the need to cool off, get a little sun and touch up that lippy!
The family arrived back safely last week and only then found out that Joseph’s ascent was even more special than he thought. Joseph commented: “I can’t wait to tell people when I get back to school. It was really exhausting, particularly the summit night. I felt a little bit sick because of the altitude so I couldn’t even face the smell of food and we were very, very tired. I’m very pleased though.”
Joseph undertook the Kilimanjaro charity challenge and was accompanied on the 19,340ft ascent by his mum Sara, his brothers – 23-year-old Alexander and 21-year-old Oliver – and his sister Charlotte, aged 22. Together they raised over £3000 for The Chain of Hope charity, which gives children suffering from life-threatening heart disease access to corrective surgery and treatment.
Jane Deakin, Managing Director of Private Kilimanjaro commented: “The minimum age at which you are allowed to climb Kilimanjaro is 12 and we are very careful taking young children to altitude. Michael was exceptionally fit though and we arranged a private climb for the family which allowed them to take their time and go at their own pace.”
Mrs Hanna, aged 53, said: “I’m very proud of Joseph and all of them. It takes real guts to get to the top, and it’s mentally difficult too. We would never have made it though without Private Kilimanjaro’s guides, August, Sebbie and Livingstone – they were the most amazing team I have ever come across and had it not been for the three of them, we would never have made it.”
Emma Scanlan, Executive Director from Chain of Hope commented: “Not only are you saving lives, but it’s fantastic that you are setting records as well, with Joseph being the youngest Brit to climb Kilimanjaro! This was an absolutely amazing effort by everyone, and thank you on behalf of all the Chain of Hope children and to everyone who has supported you.”
For more information on Private Kilimanjaro and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, please visit http://www.privatekilimanjaro.com/ or call 0115 714 1174.
About Private Kilimanjaro:
Operating since 2004, Private Kilimanjaro specialises in arranging private and group Mt. Kilimanjaro climbs and Kilimanjaro Charity Challenges. They also arrange treks up Mt. Meru and in the Ngorongoro Highlands; private safaris in all of the Tanzanian National Parks; and beach breaks to Zanzibar, Pemba and the Mafia Islands.
Paul Lawrence Deakin
Private Expeditions Limited
The Old Schoolhouse
Dunstall, Staffs, UK
Zip: DE13 8BH
Tel: 0115 714 1174