The Nottinghamshire Masters of the Mountain team recently commemorated their incredible ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by officially handing over their flagship banner to the Provincial Grand Master.
The 9 walkers, including one lady, endured months of training to be able to complete their journey. Ably led by W. Brother Les Boyington, the walkers tackled Scafell Pike, Snowdon and parts of the Pennie Way in preparation for their 6 day ascent to the roof of Africa.
Assisted by 35 local porters carrying all the equipment and supplies needed by the group, the team overcame altitude sickness, stomach upsets and sheer exhaustion to complete their 15,000 ft climb. All 9 walkers successfully completed the ascent to Uhuru Peak, and thankfully also the descent back to base camp. At the peak, the team unveiled their commemorative banner, sponsored by many Lodges from different Masonic Orders within Nottinghamshire.
The banner was passed to the Provincial Grand Master, RW Brother Philip Marshall who explained the banner would proudly hang at Goldsmith Street for the remainder of the Nottinghamshire 2018 Festival.
The team walked in aid of the Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, now amalgamated as the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and raised an incredible £25,000 for the charity.