We are in total awe of Ryan who has chosen to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to support and raise awareness for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. This is a seriously impressive and life changing challenge. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa majestically standing at about 5,895 metres. It is actually the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
Please read Ryan and Georgina’s emotional story below and why he chose to do this climb.
Ryan and Georginas’ Story:
Before November 6th 2017 Georgina and I had very little awareness of what the term ‘Ectopic Pregnancy’ actually meant.
Fast forward 24 hours and we had found out the hard way. Georgina, in the early stages of pregnancy with our second child went to the doctors after complaining of stomach pain. Cue a dash to the hospital where we were told that she had suffered an Ectopic pregnancy. The Pregnancy had ruptured and as a consequence Georgina had been bleeding internally for 3 days.
The period after the operation was a very emotional and lonely place and it was here that the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust were brought to our attention. The EPT provided the support needed for both of us to deal with the trauma and loss not only in the period following the Ectopic Pregnancy but also in the following months were we suffered a further miscarriage.
The more we learnt about the EPT the more I wanted to help ensure that the EPT could support as many people as possible. Having previously competed in both the London Marathon and Triathlon alongside getting in a boxing ring for Charity I wanted to undertake a challenge really took me outside of my comfort zone. Having harboured the ambition to climb Kilimanjaro for some years this seemed like the perfect challenge to help raise profile and money for the EPT. A challenge where, despite all the best possible preparation it will ultimately be down to how my body reacts at altitude that will determine my success.
So having never donned a pair of walking boots or even stepped foot on a mountain before I will be heading to the top of Kilimanjaro in September 2019. To ensure I am as prepared as possible I have spent the winter analysing my body (seen in the photo) and building the strength required to carry myself and a 20kg bag to an altitude of 5895metres in just 4.5 days. Now 6 months away from the climb I am entering the second stage of training, plenty of hill walks and lots of running to prepare the lungs before entering altitude chambers over the summer to give my body the best possible chance of adapting quickly when I get to the mountain.
Already, this challenge has brought about discussion and raised awareness of both Ectopic Pregnancy and the EPT amongst my friends and family and hopefully this will continue beyond the summit of Kilimanjaro.
We are so grateful to Ryan for all his incredible and intensive advanced training. If you feel you would like to support Ryan please take a look at his Just Giving Page. We will update you with his progress in training and of course his actual climb!