|SET TO SCALE KILIMANJARO
10:30 - 14 October
|A Polesworth climber is facing the
challenge of a lifetime as he prepares to scale the highest
peak in Africa - Mount Kilimanjaro.|
Price, who says that until a year ago had never climbed
anything higher than a flight of stairs, has been getting in
the best shape of his life to face the 19,340ft ascent next
February. And he'll be donating every penny he collects in
sponsorship to help the Leukaemia Research Fund.
a co-director and founder of Polesworth-based import company
Bearings International Limited, will swap his desk job for the
bleak mountainous terrain of Tanzania for the seven-day
"I've never done anything like this before," he
"But in the last 18 months I've lost over
four stone in weight and it just sort of opened my eyes to
what I could be doing. "There's a whole world out there and I
fancied a challenge.
"Also, I'm not getting any younger
so if I don't do it now I never will."
Although John is
currently recovering from a slight knee injury, he's building
up his stamina by walking up to 40 miles a week - but the
really intensive training begins 10 weeks before the
"There's no doubt it's going to be tough -
there's only a 60 or 70 per cent success rate on the climb.
The rest give up and turn back.
"But I've taken a rock
climbing course and a trekking course but it's impossible to
train at altitude.
"You just have to take the climb
slowly and acclimatise when you're there."
wants to sponsor John for his solo climb, he can be reached
via his website at