• Short Summary

    ONE OF THE STRANGEST MOUNTAINEERING ATTEMPTS EVER BEGINS TOMORROW (MONDAY) WHEN EIGHT BLIND AFRICAN BOYS ATTEMPT TO SCALE THE 19,340-FEET (5,895 METRES) MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN KENYA.

  • Description

    ONE OF THE STRANGEST MOUNTAINEERING ATTEMPTS EVER BEGINS TOMORROW (MONDAY) WHEN EIGHT BLIND AFRICAN BOYS ATTEMPT TO SCALE THE 19,340-FEET (5,895 METRES) MOUNT KILIMANJARO IN KENYA. ALL THIS WEEK, THE EIGHT BOYS HAVE BEEN UNDERGOING TRAINING AT THE BASE CAMP AT LIOTOKITOK AT THE FOOT OF KILIMANJARO.

    THE BOYS, WHO WILL BE LED BY SKILLED INSTRUCTORS, FACE THREE GRUELLING DAYS UP STEEP UPHILL WALKING TO REACH THE TOP OF THE EXTINCT VOLCANO WHICH STANDS IN THE KENYA HIGHLANDS 175 MILES (280 KMS) FROM NAIROBI.

    TO PREPARE FOR IT, THE BOYS HAVE BEEN AT THE OUTWARD BOUND MOUNTAIN SCHOOL IN LIOTOKITOK, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN PUT THROUGH AN EXHAUSTIVE SERIOUS OF TRAINING EXERCISES OVER OBSTACLE COURSES. IN ADDITION, THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO HANDLE WALKIE-TALKIE RADIO SETS TO KEEP THEMSELVES IN TOUCH WITH THE BASE.

    AN AIRCRAFT OF THE KENYA POLICE FORCE WILL STAND BY DURING THE BOYS CLIMB, IN CASE OF DIFFICULTIES.

    SCALING MOUNT KILIMANJARO INVOLVES A LONG AND HARD UPHILL WALK INTO RARIFIED ATMOSPHERE WHICH OVERCOMES MANY OF THE HUNDREDS OF TOURISTS WHO ATTEMPT THE CLIMB. CLIMBERS REST AT A SERIES OF HUTS ESTABLISHED AT POINTS UP THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2DQNINIRBBP94ZSTPS8BDIGNJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DQNINIRBBP94ZSTPS8BDIGNJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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