Two blind boys in Kenya raised about GBP2,500 for charity when they conquered the tortuous Point Lenana, one of the highest peaks on Mount Kenya.
GV Camp (McKinders) at 14,000 feet up Mount Kenya
GV Blind climbers being led up mountain path PAN TO mountain
GV Climbers being led up mountain through snow (3 shots)
GV Climbers and guide approaching summit
GV Climbers reaching summit
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Background: Two blind boys in Kenya raised about GBP2,500 for charity when they conquered the tortuous Point Lenana, one of the highest peaks on Mount Kenya.
They were Joseph Lokorodi and Daniel Mutua, both members of the Thika School for the Blind, and the climb was part of a fund-raising campaign on VOK Television. The station had organised a "Ring Us Up" programme which raised more than GBP25,000 in all.
The climbers were hampered by a heavy snowfall and what were considered to be the worst conditions on the mountain for many years.
They were driven ten thousand feet up the mountain, before beginning their climb on Saturday (27 December).
The following day they walked more than three and a half thousand feet up the mountain, passing through forest areas, and spent the night in a camp in the Teliki valley.
They finally completed the climb on Monday (29 December) at quarter-to-nine in the morning. After posing for photographs at the top of the 16,355 feet mountain, they were taken back to Nairobi for television appearances.
SYNOPSIS: One of Kenya's highest mountains, Mount Kenya,--which two blind boys conquered recently in a fund-raising campaign. The two boys, Joseph Lokorodi and Daniel Mutus are both members of the Thika School for the Blind. Their climb raised about two and a half thousand pounds for local charities. It was part of a campaign organised by a Kenyan television station.
The boys started their climb ten thousand feet up the slopes of Mount Kenya. With them were members of the Round Table Community Organisation and Kenya National Parks Staff. They spent their first night in tents in the Teliki valley. The following day they moved another two and a half thousand feet closer to the summit.
The party was hampered at times by extremely bad weather....the conditions were later described as the worst on the mountain for many years. On the third day of the climb, two of the boys' guides had to leave the party to take a sick Japanese climber from another party down the mountain.
Because of the bad weather, the climb took longer than expected, but the boys reached the summit of point Lenana early on the morning of the fourth day. Because of the climb, and the other stages of the fund-raising campaign, local charities will receive about twenty-five thousand pounds.