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  • Bluedome
    1998 Provisional Starting from the Marangu Gate the official park entrance at an altitude of 1 860 metres 6 100 feet and leaving Mary to run the base camp and base radio Jon and the team will start their eight day world record attempt to be the first wheelchair athlete to ascend Mt Kilimanjaro the world s highest free standing mountain and to promote and heighten people s awareness of disabled sports and the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation prior to their 50th year celebration in 1998 Carrying food tents hydration units medical equipment and everything else necessary to be as self sufficient as possible including satellite phone lap top computer still and video digital camera s the Project 98 s final objective will commence During the ascent each base camp will have already been prepared by Jim Sowter and his team of porters After hot food and a rest and an analysis of the days progression specialists in the team will carry out their duties Doctor Janet to the sick and wounded Jon Barry and Peter to their camera equipment and Peter to his computer to typing up the daily diary and down loading the digital photographs ready for inclusion on this Web Site Pre arranged audio interviews with the media and other bodies will take up the remainder of the time before an early nights sleep It is not possible to predict the rate of ascent accurately from this point but those interested will be able to follow the progress of our ascent on a daily basis via the Internet Web pages However it is possible to give an over picture of the ascent broken down into zones The Mountain Mt Kilimanjaro the Roof of Africa is located partly in the Amboseli Game Park and at 19 341 feet is Tanzania s and Africa s highest peak part of the chain of volcanoes formed along the line of the Great Rift Valley Standing only a few degrees south of the equator the main massif extends over an area of some fifty miles and has three main peaks The highest peak Kibo appears as a smooth dome from a distance but contains a crater almost one and a quarter miles across Outside the crater glaciers descend to 13 900 feet On the south west side Kibo links to Mawenzi the second highest point The third peak is Shira the lowest of the three at 12 800 feet To ascend Mt Kilimanjaro is akin to taking a vertical trip from the Equator to the Arctic The climb takes in desert savannah tropical rain forest and glaciated ice fields and for every 200 metres 656 foot increase in altitude the temperature drops about 1o C Above the 1 800 meter 5 906 foot contour line the whole mountain becomes a natural reserve In the highest summit region there are great climatic changes and little rainfall means that life is scarce The southern slopes of the mountain are the most fertile receiving rain

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  • Bluedome
    other interested parties the opportunity to meet Jon Amos and the team and view the expeditions equipment which includes the specially designed wheelchair and tracker unit made for us by CJS Cyclone Wheelchairs On show will also be the latest hydration units by Camelback along with some of the most high tech camera computer and satellite communication equipment that we intend to use during our record attempt on Mt Killamanjaro

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  • Bluedome
    the disabled Cyclone Mobility and Fitness began manufacturing lightweight wheelchairs in January 1990 as a company called CJS Custom At that time CJS manufactured a lightweight wheelchair at a vastly reduced price to its competitors ie the competition varied between 1500 00 to 2000 00 CJS sold at 895 00 for the first 12 months This gave the business a foothold in the market which at the time was entering into a recession along with all other products Since that time the business has gone much further than was originally planned and with feedback from their customers Cyclone chairs have developed into a full and comprehensive range There is the adjustable 7020 Alloy chair a Hybrid 7020 325 Titanium chair and an adjustable 325 Titanium chair a made to measure Alloy chair the original a made to measure Titanium chair a general sports Alloy chair a general sports Titanium 325 chair three 7020 Alloy three wheeled tennis chairs three Titanium 325 three wheeled tennis chairs and a basketball rugby chair in both Alloy 7020 and Titanium CJS five years ago also saw the need for fitness equipment and now imports a number of specifically designed gymnasium equipment for wheelchair users This is now a major part of their business and Cyclone employ a fitness manager to oversee the sales of the Versatrainer Uppertone the APT Active Passive Trainer and are developing sales into the leisure industry market Cyclone Mobility and Fitness have been greatly awarded from local media and national television They have also been given awards from Livewire Princes Trust and numerous other accredited awards such as an award from Kidsons Impey for business success Stuart Dunne the Managing Director of Cyclone Mobility and Fitness is himself a wheelchair user and represents the Princes Youth Business Trust on their

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  • Bluedome
    Street Kids project showing the satellite linkup The Street Kids project have also asked us to put them on our web site so that their program can be publicised and the Project 98 team are more than happy to do this on their return Although it has not actually rained as much today it is very hot and very humid and the rain quickly turns everything into a thick sticky red mud which can best be described as Goo As a result there are a lot of the Nairobi flies around which we have already mentioned and if you swat them the acid from their bodies is like inflicting a 200 degree burn on yourself As for the rest of the local animal reptile population the dogs howl all night and when they stop the cockerels take over at about 3 30am which is not the best aid to restful sleep During our night time satellite linkup I was on the grass trying to get the up link established and Jon said Look at that snake I thought he was joking He wasn t Since then Mary has sneaked twigs that look like snakes into my tent and generally been most unsympathetic I ll get my own back In the next few days we plan to visit an orphanage local schools for the blind Day five Thursday Today Derek Jon and Mark traveled to Arushi The result was that no one was prepared to resolve the problem of no camping on our mountain route At this late stage they decided that the best thing now was to book our places on the mountain using the huts and to use the rest of the week to resolve the remaining fee problem For the rest of the team today was spent at a local school which has approximately 956 students 17 of which being blind This school which obviously would benefit from technical assistance are desperate for what might be considered simple equipment by our educational standards They need things like old fashioned typewriters and Braille machined which would be considered throw away items by those in the UK who are converting to computer technology It would be nice to think that our visit could be of lasting benefit if anyone could help them by providing some of this desperately needed equipment Tomorrow morning we are hoping to establish a satellite link to the Whitehouse School in Bristol England with the Moshi International school whose staff have been of great help to us during our visit Day Six Friday A day to catch up Derek and Mark were up at the crack of dawn School classes here start at 7 30am and they have been roped into helping with the Moshi schools sports program Charging equipment batteries and preparing and answering E Mails has taken up the biggest part of today s time In the late morning Jon Mark and myself then gave a talk to one of the classes at the Moshi school on how we intend to make the ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro what kind of food we will be eating and how the digital video computer and satellite links work To finish Whitehouse School arranged a linkup via the satellite phone to complement both schools educational programs We have also had the opportunity to get out on the local mud roads to do a bit of mush needed training Seen another snake today Day Seven Saturday 24th January The day started off as an administration morning Updating our diaries and making sure that we were all at the correct locations and at the correct time Derek Mark and Jon have been running coaching sessions in Baseball I have no idea how they were able to keep going in the heat of the day but the children truly enjoyed the expert tuition Unfortunately the satellite phone is at present out of action due to a system problem and attempts are being made to solve this For the time being all communication should be via E Mail at peter pmnw karoo co uk Later boarding children from the International School Moshi gathered to view the video footage taken on the training ascent of Blencathra and to see at first hand how Jon was able to negotiate off road riding They were genuinely interested and many questions that they had asked at a previous session with Jon in school were answered One of the more senior students was able to relate to the climb as he had already climbed Mt Kilamanjaro with the school In preparation for the remainder of the team joining us on Monday the advance party has made all the necessary arrangements to ensure that their arrival goes smoother than the advance parties did More to follow Mountain Day One Marangu Gate to Mandara Hut 9000 ft Arriving in the pouring rain at Marangu Gate and knowing that we now had to achieve in five days what we had origanally set aside eight days for the team was met yet again by more bureaucracy and red tape Form filling and payment of the fees dulled the eagerness of the team to start the ascent of the highest free standing mountain in the world and indeed the largest in Africa Finally with the rain now falling even harder the ascent commenced and being filmed by Andrew Burrows a BBC camera man the team escorted Jon and his specially designed wheelchair up the track leading towards the first section of the mountain a journey that normally takes ordinary trekkers 3 hours it eventually took us approximately 7 hours Our party consisted of Jon a guide an assistant guide three porters and eleven team members Every member of the party including the guide was carrying a full expedition pack containing everything required for a five day duration on the mountain Illusions of an up hill stroll under the African sun soon turned sour with mud rain tree roots and projecting rocks hindering

    Original URL path: http://www.bluedome.co.uk/Climbing/jonamos/jonamosdiary.htm (2016-02-10)
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  • Bluedome
    main Waterstones Bookshops Priced at only 8 95 with a foreword written by Sir Chris Bonington the book charts the teams attempt to put Jon Amos one of Britains leading wheelchair athletes on the summit of Africa s highest peak

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    the route they will be done pushing them through deep snow drifts and across the slick surface frozen rivers Al recounted how difficult it was to ride a bike across the frozen ice if you hit a small bulge the front wheel just went and then you with it you could see where other riders had hit small rises in the smooth ice and gone flying The sleeping bags are huge and are carried on the front pannier rack A small Karrimor front bag is fitted and on the back pannier there are two Vaude panniers and room for a top bag too Not a lot of room when the team expect to be travelling for 25 days or more Weight is everything the pannier racks have had holes drilled in to every panel to cut down on the load The bikes are from Orbit Cycles and have been winterised Standard grease is ok for the UK but it just turns to treacle at low temperatures or even worse siezes solid I know that Alsakan dog mushers always carry a firearm Wolves bears and even moose can be a danger and often the only way to protect himslef and his team is to use a gun I asked if they took a gun No too heavy Al told of their slog over Rainy Pass a long 15 hour push in blizzard conditions They reached the next checkpoint where a camera team were resting after flying up One of them asked Al and Andy about the wolves What wolves the two that were following you guys over Rainy Pass came a reply We just didn t see anything but snow said Al Al did see two wolves cross the trail later on in the race Al opened his hand to indicate

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  • Iditarod Invitational 2002
    route drop bags This year things will be a bit different The Invitational starting one week after the long standing Iditasport race is a no frills race with no prize money and drop bags will be air mailed ahead by ski plane to villages and pre arranged checkpoints We ll be packing food fuel and spare thermals into boxes and bags in the week before the race start and hoping that 7 8 000 calories a day will be enough to tackle the 1 097 miles Andy in his sleeping bag When it is 40 outside you just don t want to get out of it Weather conditions have been good so far The big winter freeze which arrived late in 2001 and meant the race route rivers froze just two weeks before the start has been more punctual this time so hopefully the trail will be hard packed and fast Mike Curiak winner of the 2000 race who was forced to scratch last year when he fell through river ice and felt the water dragging at his legs will no doubt be as pleased as we are Temperatures which dipped to nearly 60C in the latter stages last year but were mostly around 20C have been consistently low In the next few days we ll be trying to cram a mountain of equipment see below into two bike boxes and duffels crossing and re crossing the kit lists which began life for the second time around on the flight home from Alaska last year This time we ve got to find space for the 40C rated bags we collected in Anchorage last year so there could be some serious zip straining and gaffa taping going on As well as clothing we ve got 80 packs of freeze dried energy

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