Richard Sills, Crystal Ski Product Manager, France & Switzerland, spend a rainy weekend training seven ladies to get closer to their goal in aid of the charity TACT. See below his story and attached some images. 

Kilimanjaro ladies take on the Peak District

In February 2012 seven brave ladies will be setting off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of TACT (TACT is the UK’s largest charity and voluntary agency providing fostering and adoption services). As part of their training they attended a training weekend up in the Peak District. We went on a couple of long gruelling hikes, including a 7 hour trek on Kinder Scout. On the top of Kinder Scout the fog rain and mist made the walking especially challenging and involved us using our compasses to keep on track. After a couple of hours negotiating the bog land on the plateau I’m sure spirits dipped, but everyone rose to the challenge, as I’m sure they will when they tackle their end goal Kilimanjaro.

My role for the weekend was head chef, driver and walking guide. I was chuffed to find that my map and compass work was in order, after 2 hours of following my compass through a misty bog we bumped into a Ranger. I was only 150 metres away from where I thought we were. Not bad considering the other 2 groups he bumped into were about a mile out.

I wish every climber the best of luck in reaching their end goals. Each climber has pledged to raise £2,000 for TACT. The money they raise will help support the additional adoption and fostering services we provide. You can support these intrepid explorers by visiting

If you too would like to take on the challenge of climbing Kilimanjaro in 2013 trip or run the London Marathon and raise some money for a worthy cause contact TACT at or call 020 8695 2314.  You can also become their friend at or follow on Twitter – TACTcare.

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