Taking advice from local guides, the ‘Kili Hope Trekkers’ started the ascent on 6 October and chose to climb the mountain via the ‘Machame route’. This is widely known as the most scenic, albeit steep, route of the seven possible paths to the summit, but the team successfully completed the trek in seven days.
Reaching the summit
Rollingstone Ateclass France is a humanitarian foundation that focuses on improving children’s lives in the city of Arusha, Tanzania. It is hoped that the money raised from Guillaume’s trip will go towards constructing a centre that will provide classes, dormitories, toilets, a kitchen and a dining room for disadvantaged children in the area. Guillaume is no stranger to supporting humanitarian work and was deployed to the Caribbean island of St Martin in October 2017 to assist the French Red Cross with rebuilding the island after Hurricane Irma.
Firefighters of Hope is an association that raises money to fund cancer research and improve care for sick children. The association was launched in 2013 and originally raised money through calls to 250,000 firefighters in France, encouraging each of them to donate €1. Guillaume and his trekking team work together to provide firefighting support to local fire crews in their spare time, so supporting this cause was an easy choice.
Well done, Guillaume!