Matthew Norton, Patricia Gilluley and Danny Crossley are off to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, and raising money for good causes. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Matthew Norton, Patricia Gilluley and Danny Crossley are off to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro, and raising money for good causes. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK311213smount1

Rocky trio ready to embark on epic trek

AS WE emerge into the New Year, shake off the hangovers and head for the closest air-conditioner, three Rockhampton people will be heading out of town, ready to tackle one of the world's most famous mountains.

Mt Kilimanjaro lies on the border between Tanzania and Kenya and at 5895m is the highest mountain in the world you can walk up.

Danny Crossley said he was keen to take on the challenge because "it's there… and to do my bit for cancer".

He joked his New Year's resolution was to make it back alive, and raise at least $2000 for the Cancer Council.

"Cancer is more and more prevalent these days, everyone is touched by it," he said.

Danny will be joined on his epic trek by his mate Matt Norton, along with Patricia Gilluley, who is also raising money for Kenya's Umoja Orphanage.

They have been training together for the past six months by walking up Mt Archer every Friday night.

The Kilimanjaro trek will take eight days, the second eight-day trek for Danny and Matt, who walked the Kokoda Trail in 2010.

"I was asked in two separate, unrelated conversations, within half an hour if I wanted to walk the Kokoda Trail… it was an omen," said Danny.

Mt Archer was the training ground for that adventure as well.

"The first time I walked up Mt Archer, I got about 50m and was absolutely knackered.

"I thought that was ridiculous, so I threw the cigarettes away," he said.

These days Danny is a keen kayaker, but said before he turned 40 he was probably just a "lazy bugger".

"All I did was play golf."

Trekking Mt Kilimanjaro has been described as walking from the equator to the Arctic Circle.



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