AN INTREPID mountaineer will forgo his roast turkey dinner this Christmas in an attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity.
Rhodri Roberts, who is registry clerk for the Diocesan Registry, based at Cullimore Dutton solicitors in Chester, will travel to Tanzania in Africa with an adventure holiday company.
The 10-day adventure will start in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, from where the group with fly to the foothills of Kilimanjaro to start the ascent.
The group will be sleeping under canvas at each overnight stop and the trek is timed to arrive at the summit on New Year’s Eve.
A keen walker in his native North Wales, this isn’t the first time that Rhodri has ventured abroad. In June 2009 he climbed Mont Blanc with the aid of ice axes and crampons.
He is raising money for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research charity.
Rhodri, of Holywell, said: “Involving the charity means that so much more is at stake for my trip.
“I don’t want to let anyone down so I just hope that my training stands me in good stead and I don’t succumb to altitude sickness.”
His training regime involves four or five trips to the gym each week and he is spending every weekend in Snowdonia to maintain his fitness.
Rhodri added: “I am not expecting it to be easy at all. However, I have always found if you struggle to get to the top of a mountain, it’s so much better when you eventually get there.
“We have been advised to take plenty of energy snacks with us, although all the meals will be provided. I am a complete chocoholic so it will be a good excuse for me to eat as much as I like!”
If you would like to sponsor Rhodri please go to www.justgiving.com/Rhodri-Roberts where you will be able to pledge your support.