Mount Kilimanjaro


 is the highest mountain in Africa and stands at a grand 5,985 metres above sea level. The Tanzanian peak is characterised by its three dormant volcanic cones: -Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The first attempt to climb its peaks was in 1861 but the duo – one German and one British climber got only as far as 2,500m. Although things are a little easier today with six official trekking routes – Marangu, Rongai, Lemosho, Shira, Umbwe and Machame, people who wish to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro still need to be well prepared and equipped.


At FairTunes we are lucky to be supported by an amazing family of volunteers without which our projects would simply not be possible. Ian Young is a volunteer that went that extra mile – he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for FairTunes – twice!

Ian took on the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest point on the African Continent as an example to those he helps in his professional life and also to directly contribute to helping FairTunes projects in the UK and around the world.

 Motivated by my own experiences, I feel compelled to show my friends what’s so special about being six kilometres above sea-level, with the best view in the world.

Since 2001 Ian Young has been working with drug addicts, alcoholics and their families, helping them to rebuild their lives by utilising his own past experience in successfully battling addiction in the 90s. His message is anything is possible if you set your mind to it – with a little help from your friends of course.

FairTunes would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Ian and all his supporters inlcudin Steve Pantling and Steve Driver who collectively raised over £3000.


When my best friend asked me to go I saw it as a once in a life time opportunity. At the same time I’ll be raising some money for Fairtunes and the good work they do so everyone gains…well that’s the plan!

Steve is a freelance Quantity Surveyor and he has always travelled as much as possible but had never undertaken a challenge like this before.


Steve is Managing Director for the Company of Animals. He had taken part in numerous fundraising challenges over the years, including the London to Brighton bike ride, The Herts 10k Challenge and the Wokingham Bikeathon. This was his biggest challenge to date.

Well I’m pleased to say I took on Kilimanjaro and managed to summit and walk off in one piece, although I did need a little trip to the hospital afterwards with a stomach infection caused by the green water they gave us each day!! After five days of walking on the TK Rongai route we climbed through the night (it was -12 degrees!) and summated at Gillmans point at 6am to view the sunrise.


13 of us set out and 11 summated with seven going on bravely to do all three peaks. Unfortunately I wasn’t well enough to complete all three peaks and I’ve included a video my best friend took when we summated, which I hope will make you smile and see it wasn’t just a stroll in the park!! I’ve also included a picture of me standing by the warning signs the day we finished the walk! It was a very hard seven days on the mountain with no shower and little sleep. It was so good to get back to the hotel, have a wash and a cold Kilimanjaro beer.


I have a new-found respect for anyone that attempts to climb Kili; the ppictureson’t anywhere near paint a picture of how amazingly wonderful she is. I said to the others that it’s like walking on the top of the world and then you come to a huge mountain. You can see for miles and it’s such a surreal place! Not much lives at the top and it’s not a place to be messed with; two of our group got stretchered off to hospital and we saw many others being carried off the mountain. That said, I would highly recommend the experience – it’s a real mix of emotions and a personal challenge I won’t forget.