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An intrepid team of property professionals are set to attempt a gargantuan climbing challenge to raise vital funds for LandAid.
The five-strong team of architects, property lawyers, project managers and surveyors plan to set the fastest summit of the three highest African mountain peaks, in three weeks – a feat that has only been achieved once before.
The extraordinary expedition, which begins on January 24, was organised by Adventure In Architecture, a business with a history of taking on tough challenges – last year they built “the world’s highest office” at 7000m above sea level on the North Col of Everest.
Jon Beswick, managing director of Adventure in Architecture, said: “We’ve assembled a strong team, including staff from Adventure in Architecture, Ashfords LLP and Rider Levett Bucknall, and we hope to raise significant money and awareness for a great cause.”
The team, consisting of Paul Olliff (Ashfords LLP), Jon Lloyd and Russell Brooks (Rider Levett Bucknall) and Jon Beswick and Joe Mills (Adventure in Architecture), intend to climb Mount Stanley, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro back-to-back, attempting each climb in under a week and flying between countries after each ascent. This is something only achieved once before in recorded history.
Alice Lamb, LandAid’s Director of Fundraising and Partnerships, said: “We at LandAid want to extend an enormous thank you to the brave souls who are undertaking this unbelievably impressive challenge, which is raising invaluable funds to help end youth homelessness. I’ve seen a lot of truly amazing feats in my time at LandAid so far, but this three-week expedition is definitely one of the most ambitious I’ve seen anyone attempt. We wish the team the absolute best of luck, and we can’t wait to follow your journey across the peaks.”
The Mt Kenya climb will include two full days of technical climbing, encompassing belay climbing up sheer cliff faces; whilst being 'roped up' and using crampons will be required on all 3 mountains - the routes for each mountain being the most direct, meaning they're far from straight forward…
Paul Olliff, Legal Director in property at Ashfords LLP said: "It's great to be a part of such an unusual, technical and challenging expedition, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the fantastic cause of LandAid. We as a group enjoy challenging adventures as much as exciting property projects and the more difficult the test, the greater the exposure we hope to achieve for the charity.”