We’ve been preparing many clients for Kili this month.

A challenge popular with the rugby community, we welcomed into the chamber Scottish scrum half Rory Lawson and Edinburgh rugby’s number eight, Dave Callam, as they prepared to summit Kilimanjaro in June.

The duo took on the challenge for Geita Gold Mine and TACAIDS, who are working towards an HIV and AIDS-free Tanzania. According to current statistics, prevalence of the virus in Tanzania is at 5.1 per cent of the population, down from 13 per cent in 2000.

Fundraisers like Rory and Dave are helping to raise money for initiatives such as Geita Orphanage, who help some of the 1.3 million children in Tanzania who are orphans as a result HIV/ AIDS.

Check out Rory’s twitter to see reports on his visit to Tanzania and Kilimanjaro.

Later on in the month, England rugby union centre Will Greenwood headed up a team of soon-to-be Kili climbers, raising money for the charity Borne, which helps to prevent disability and death in childbirth.

Watch Tara putting Will through his paces on this clip from Sky Sports.

We’ll be following their progress: Find out more on supporting the charity here. Follow Will’s journey on his twitter.

And not content with cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in August, this summer our Performance Specialist Georgia will also be attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in early July.

Joining her will be new Altitude Centre Performance Specialist Sam Rees and two of our clients, Yasmin and Tallulah Le Bon.

Together, the four will be undertaking the Machame route, which is four and a half days trekking to the summit, with one and a half day trek back down the mountain.

Four and a half days is a short period of time to climb Kilimanjaro, the team are confident that with committed training in the chamber, they’ll reach the summit on 9th July.

Yasmin and Tallulah have trained for five weeks prior to the trip, using a mixture of Intermittent Hypoxic Exposure and walking with their walking boots and day sacks at 2,700m.

Anything can happen on the mountain, so fingers crossed they get to the top. We’ll keep you posted on their progress- follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Will Greenwood IHE