THIS stunning sunrise was captured from the summit of the world’s highest free-standing mountain after a Vale family conquered their own festive feast of endurance.
Paul Boggeln and his children Laura and Adam flew out to Tanzania on New Year’s Eve (December 31) before they started their gruelling climb of Mount Kilimanjaro on January 3.
The trio embarked on the mind-blowing eight-day challenge after Paul decided to do something ambitious for his 50th birthday, which happened in April.
Paul, who works as an operations director for the Property Software Group and lives in Bengeworth, said: “We were so lucky.”
“Our summit night turned out to be the clearest night we had during the eight days, we had experienced four seasons of weather in the previous days.
“We left base camp at 11pm and made the summit at 6am in time for the most spectacular sunrise imaginable, I was so proud
to be on the summit with Laura and Adam.
“Sadly we did hear that a man in a party behind us had collapsed and died about 30 minutes from the summit which did temper out excitement somewhat.
“All three of us are extremely grateful and overwhelmed by the support we have received and the donations to our charities have far exceeded our wildest dreams.”
Paul raised a total of £1,315, in excess of his original target of just £500, for Prostate Cancer UK, while Laura raked in £330 for the Tusk Trust and Adam collected £310 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
• The trio can still be sponsored by visiting www.justgiving.com/paul-boggeln/, www.justgiving.com/LauraBoggeln/ or www.justgiving.com/ABoggeln/ online.
Sunrise captured from the top of the mountain. (s)
The view when the trio got to the top of Kilimanjaro. (s)