No mountain high enough

Derek Oldham, pictured with TRYACT founders Sue Dash and Jo Holding, will use his upcoming trek to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to fundraise for the TRYACT support group. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d401767
Derek Oldham, pictured with TRYACT founders Sue Dash and Jo Holding, will use his upcoming trek to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to fundraise for the TRYACT support group. Picture: Marie Nirme www.communitypix.com.au d401767

Derek Oldham (64), who will be the guest speaker at a Two Rocks Yanchep Assisted Cancer Travel (TRYACT) meeting next week, will travel to Tanzania later this month to trek to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The semi-retired electrical contractor has been training for the past seven weeks ahead of his walk to the 5895m peak of the mountain in late June.

‘I climb about 3000ft a day in training, in sand ” I go up and down the sand dunes about 100 times a day,’ he said.

‘It is the highest mountain in Africa and has permanent snow and icefields.

‘We go through five climates ” it starts off very hot and ends up very cold.’

Mr Oldham will leave on June 20 to join a group of trekkers from the UK and during the ascent will carry a 10kg day pack that includes 4L of water, while bearers will carry extra luggage.

He said during the trek, they would stay in camps at various stages, starting the last stage at midnight so they could be at the peak for dawn, with 20 minutes to enjoy the view before they head down again.

Mr Oldham said TRYACT founders Jo Holding and Sue Dash persuaded him to use the trek to fundraise for their fledgling support group, which will provide cancer patients with transport to hospital during radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

The TRYACT meeting will be held at Capricorn Enterprise House, 75 Lindsay Beach Boulevard, Yanchep, from 5pm on Wednesday, June 12. For more details or to donate call Jo on 0414 702 726.