Bring Me the Horizon Members Finish Mount Kilimanjaro Charity Climb, Share Photos
Vocalist Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish of Bring me the Horizon recently completed their charity-driven trek of Mount Kilimanjaro and have posted photos recollecting the eight-day adventure in Tanzania.
The reason for the climb stems back to the summer when on Aug. 21, Fish's son Eliot suffered a brain hemorrhage at just four days old. Jordan and his wife Emma sensed something was wrong and called an ambulance, detailing (on his crowdfunding site), "When we arrived at Basingstoke hospital Eliot had stopped breathing more than once and was having seizures. Emma held him in the ambulance and kept him alive even though she could feel him drifting away in her arms. The hospital staff put Eliot into a coma, took over his breathing and sedated him to get the seizure under control."
Shortly after, a scan of Eliot's brain revealed the hemorrhage. While the toddler was under watchful care at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in Southampton in England, the keyboardist became determined to "something positive for the ward and trying to raise enough money to pay for a new bed for them." Sykes immediately stood behind the idea and the decision to embark on the lengthy Kilimanjaro climb was born.
After reaching the summit, Sykes has shared a photographic look at part of the journey on his Instagram page. Check out the photos below and then see what their daily itinerary entailed.
The labor-intensive climb involved a 3,000-plus foot ascent that start3e at the 16,100 foot above sea level base and topped out at a staggering 19,341 feet above sea level, marking the highest point in the entirety of Africa. Prior to the excursion, Fish had detailed what he and Sykes had expected from day-to-day which can be seen below:
Day 1: Departure from the U.K.
Day 2: Moshi
Day 3: Mti Mkubwa - 2,780 meters, 3-5 hours of trekking
Day 4: Shira Camp - 3,505 meters, 7-9 hours of trekking
Day 5: Barranco Camp - 3,972 meters, 6-7 hours of trekking
Day 6: Karanga Valley - 4,002 meters, 5-6 hours of trekking
Day 7: Barafu Camp - 4,600 meters, 5-6 hours of trekking
Day 8: Summit Day - 4,600 meters, 12-14 hours of trekking
Fish had set a goal of raising £100,000 for his cause and as of press time, is nearing the £70,000 mark. Meanwhile, Eliot's recovery continues as Jordan and Emma have seen small improvements while he is still under the care of the PICU staff. Click here to make a donation.
From all of us at Loudwire, congratulations to Jordan and Oli for reaching the Kilimanjaro summit and we're hoping for a successful recovery for Eliot.
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