Mount Kilimanjaro success for Caroline

Caroline Sands at the summit
Caroline Sands at the summit

A former Brookhill Leys and Eastwood Comprehensive School pupil has completed an ascent of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.

After hearing that some of her friends were planning the climb, Caroline Sands, whose surname was Shaw, asked to join the group.

She said: “I enjoy climbing the mountains in The Lake District with my father but at just a little below 20,000 feet, Kilimanjaro was a somewhat greater challenge.”

The climb began with temperatures in the mid 30s but it became colder throughout the six day expedition.

The group had been advised to take the climb steadily as a too rapid ascent is likely to cause altitude sickness.

The route the group took included a number of short descents so they climbed more than 20,000 feet in total.

Caroline added: “We began the final climb during the night.

“That meant that we could enjoyed the sunrise from the summit. It was a tremendous feeling to reach the top but once we were there we were all keen to be on our way down.”

The descent took just two days.

Caroline now works in London where she is a principal consultant for Odgers Bernston, an executive search company.

Each year the company supports a particular charity.

This year it is Barnardo’s and Caroline has helped raise more then £3000.

Caroline’s parents still live in Newthorpe.