Climbing A Mountain On A Mission
GASTONIA, N.C.- 30 Charlotteans are preparing to climb the highest mountain in Africa- Mt. Kilimanjaro. The climb next month will help end Polio. In addition to rigorous training they have also raised nearly $100,000 towards the cause.
In 1985 Rotary set out to eradicate Polio globally.
Dunnagan says the trick is to walk slowly. Those who walk fast generally don't make it to the
Climber Debbie Corbett is bracing herself for the climb, "I can remember being in college and skiing and getting some altitude sickness so I'm a little nervous."
It's 19,388 feet to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The climate changes is what makes this hike so difficult. Imagine traveling from the equator to the north pole in four days. This is what the climbers will endure.
Debbie has already lost 30 lbs in training. She says she's scared of critters and has never slept in a tent but she's excited to reach the top.
"If you would have asked me a year ago I would have never seen this on my radar and i would tell you there's no way I'm doing that ."
The expedition starts September 10th. Once the climbers reach the top rotary members will celebrate the summit closer to home - at Crowder's Mountain State Park September 15th.
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