Three Unwise Men conquer Africa’s highest peak in latest feat

Mike, Ben and David at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

Mike, Ben and David at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

A trio of thrill-seekers conquered Africa’s highest mountain to mark the half way point of 10 charity challenges in eight months.

David Dyke, 31, Ben Tofield, 26, and Mike Crook, 24, have already completed a 13-mile assault course, trekked the Three Peaks Challenge and run 120km in 12 hours and walked the Grand Union Canal.

But for The Three Unwise Men, who have forked out £5,000 each since the first challenge in April, their ‘toughest’ challenge was the six-day climb scaling 20,000 ft to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Business analyst David, who lives in Fenny Stratford and is fundraising for Winslow-based Alec’s Angels, said: “It was one of the best experiences of my life.

“The toughest, but the most enjoyable we’ve done and to see the sunrise from the top was amazing.

“The sun looked like it was rising from the sea but it was actually the clouds. It was unreal.

“You feel great, do the photo, but then you realise you’ve got a four hour walk back to camp.

“We were in a larger group of 28 and we had a 14-year-old girl who got up there no problem and a 64-year-old who 20 years ago was told he would never walk again after a car crash. He got to the top.

“And you have locals helping you – they are some of the most incredible people I have ever met.

“They’re so passionate about it because it brings in jobs. It’s no fuss, they carry your stuff and when you get to camp, it’s all setup as if it’s been air-lifted in.”

David said all three of them suffered from altitude sickness at different times but the adventure has given them the bug to tackle more mountains in the future.

But there is no respite for the trio, who swim 1.5km, cycle 40km and run 10km for a triathlon in the Cotswolds today.

After that, they have another assault course, a 55-mile bike ride, a 16-hour orienteering trek through the Pennines and a skydive.

They will then screen their documentary at a ‘red carpet event’ at the end of the year when they hope to confirm more than £5,000 raised.

Along with children’s cancer charity Alec’s Angels, the trio’s exploits are raising funds for Donor Family Network, The Alzheimers Society and Thembalitsha – community projects run by a former Bucks couple in South Africa.

It has not been plain sailing for the boys, as an administrative mixup meant they could not cycle the London to Brighton event and they were forced to stop at the half way point of the Great Union Canal trek.

But for David, Mike from Stoke Mandeville and Ben from Winslow, the end is in sight and they are looking forward to completing the mammoth task.

“We’ve got to that point where it is becoming tiring,” David said. “But after the triathlon, we will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”




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