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Trek Mount Kilimanjaro 2016

In January 2016, two teams of almost 50 obstetricians and gynaecologists pushed themselves to the limit to tackle the world’s highest free-standing mountain, to raise funds for the RCOG’s global health work. The trip was a huge success; it was a fantastic experience for everybody and over £50,000 in sponsorship has been raised so far.

The money raised from the Kilimanjaro trip, and the other Challenge Events in 2015 (Edinburgh Marathon and RideLondon), will fund the RCOG’s Excellence in: Essential Gynaecological Skills (EGS) pilot courses.

Donate buttonThe team are delighted by the overwhelming support and sponsorship they’ve received. If you’d like to make a contribution to their outstanding effort, they are still collecting on the group sponsorship page. Follow the conversation on twitter: #TeamRCOG, and visit the team blog to learn more about the team members, and their motivations for taking on this challenge.

About the trip

The 7-day trek up to the 5895m summit followed the ‘Rongai’ route. Days 1-5 were spent climbing over 2,000m in altitude across varying terrains, from the lush rainforest in the foothills to the moonlike swathes of desert across the saddle from Mawenzi to Kibo. The final strive to the summit began at midnight, and many of the team made it to Uhuru Peak, the tallest point in Africa, by 8am the next morning.

Paul Hilton, Clinical Lead for the EGS course, took part in the trek: 'the team gelled together extraordinarily well to help each other onwards and upwards. Even before we reached the bottom people were talking about a reunion, and even the next challenge!'.

'I have to say it's the best thing I've ever done and I enjoyed it so much but at the same time it was one of the hardest things I've done!'

Rosie Grainger MRCOG

View photos from the trip

#TeamRCOG Trek Kilimanjaro

Further information 

This was the largest Challenge Event organised by the College so far. If you would like to put forward a suggestion for our next large challenge event, or would like to hear first about the next one, please email development@rcog.org.uk or call +44 20 7772 6414.

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