A FAMILY have made it back from a high altitude venture.
The Little family, from Tean, have embarked on a challenge of a lifetime together to the tops of Africa’s highest peak, Kilimanjaro.
Husband and wife, Andrew and Jenny Little, along with their sons Adam and Sam, decided to do something together as a family to celebrate two 50th birthdays, Adam’s 21st and Sam’s 18th as well as the couple’s 25th wedding anniversary.
Andrew, who is a director in the construction industry, said: “We all completed the climb and the lads both went further to the highest point of Kilimanjaro.
“It was a challenge, all the way up you are just concentrating on getting to the top. You then get 20 minutes before you need to start descending.
“The lads went even further and they said that it made them feel very tired.
“It was a phenomenal experience for us all.
The guides and porters were fantastic people.
“It was quite humbling. There we were in all our high tech gear and all they wore was plimsolls and jeans.
“And yet the porters would take our camp down for us at each stage as we set off, overtake us with all the gear and have the next camp set up ready for us on our arrival.”
The Little family were part of a group of 15 people who took to the slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Andrew said: “Out of the 15, three people didn’t make it to the top as they suffered from altitude sickness.
“The views were sublime - it was definitely worth while doing. However, I personally am still recovering and would not do it again.
“I would trek again and take part in an adventure holiday but not necessarily climb Kilimanjaro again.” The Little family paid for their once-in-alifetime trip themselves and also raised sponsors for charity as part of the challenge.
Andrew said: “We still have some money to collect in, but we reckon that we have raised around £850 for Donna Louise.”
Anyone wishing to further sponsor the Little Family can do so by going online to www.justgiving.com/adam-little