Brechiner makes it up Mount Kilimanjaro

12 of the group made it to the Uhuru Summit point
12 of the group made it to the Uhuru Summit point

A Brechin man successfully scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in October, all in a bid to raise money for charity.

Dave Gordon, who works as materials controller on the Claymore Platform, took part in the climb to raise money for Cornerstone, a charity that provides services for people with disabilities and support needs

When asked about the climb, Dave said: “This was one of the hardest things I have done, both physically and mentally, to push yourself beyond what you thought were your limits, but was also the most rewarding and very emotional for all of the group that reached Gilman’s Point and Uhuru Summit point.”

Dave was joined by 23 others on the fund-raising endeavour. Talking about the climb as group effort, he continued: “Of the 23 of these brave climbers, 21 reached Gilman’s Point after an extremely gruelling climb up the mountain. The climb started at midnight to time in reaching Gilman’s point with the breaking dawn.

“Of the 21 that reached Gilman’s, 12 went onto reach Uhuru Point which required a hike round the rim of the crater, going from 18,652 feet to the 19,341 feet. This does not seem like a great difference in height but at this altitude the oxygen content is only 50 per cent as that at sea level so every step is an ordeal.”

Dave, who said before the climb his goal is to raise £5,000, added: “I would like to thank all the people that sponsored me in this endeavour and it’s still not too late if you would like to make a donation.”

Donations can be made online at