THREE friends from Mintlaw have had the holiday of a lifetime - all in aid of charity.
Bruce Munro, David Lawrence and Scott McKay from Mintlaw climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in November in aid of Stonehaven Dialysis unit after learning of a workmate’s frequent visits to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The trio are still collecting sponsors but overall have managed to raise just over £3000.
It took three and a half days for them to reach the summit and a further day and a half to come down.
Speaking about the climb, all three found it relatively easy until they reached the last stage as David explained: “We climbed at night in the cold and with the altitude, it was a real struggle.”
Scott added: “The day to the summit and back down to mid station has to be one of the toughest physical and mental challenges I’ve ever faced.” while Bruce said: “The climb wasn’t too much of a struggle until the final stage which we began at midnight in freezing temperatures and all you can see is torches for hours.”
On reaching the top Bruce said: “At first you are just glad you have made it as the final push was the worst physical challenge of my life due to the lack of oxygen. Its so cold you don’t really realise what you have done until you are on the way down.”
When asked about their best moments Bruce said: “Meeting new friends from different countries and obviously the sense of achievement and the view from the top. It takes a few days to settle in.”
Scott added: “I would have to say the whole experience from meeting all the guides and having a good laugh with all the other climbers.”
There were also bad moments as David said: “The worst part was the coldness at night when you’re trying to sleep.”