Our D.O.P Rich has recently returned from scaling the dizzy heights of the magnificent Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here is a summary of his climb:
‘I was recently invited to join an international team for a ten day research trip to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. The purpose of the trip was to document a medical research expedition funded by the Mayo Clinic a hospital in the U.S.A. Their aim was to better understand the effects of altitude on the body.
The research team tested the 27 study participants at various stages of the climb, using a variety of testing methods including using ultrasound machines to scan the heart and lungs. Watching a porter balancing a $100,000 ultrasound machine on his head and hiking over challenging terrain made some team members slightly nervous but the porters are true pros and everything made it up and down without a scratch.
After dusting my boots off, cleaning the lenses and washing my hiking socks several times, I have had time to reflect on the climb, the landscapes were breathtaking but the warmth of the local people, guides and porters that accompanied us was what made the trip extra special. It was a privilege to be part of the experience and something I will not forget in a hurry.’
The film of this expedition is currently being edited and we will post a final version when it is complete.