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Kilimanjaro

British paraglider to fly off Mount Kilimanjaro

British paraglider Squash Falconer is set to become one of the first paragliders to fly off Mount Kilimanjaro. She will join 100 other paragliders who are attempting to raise $1 million for African charities by jumping off the mountain.

Falconer hit the headlines in 2012 when she became the first woman to fly from the summit of Mont Blanc. The thrill seeker also attempted to fly off Mount Everest in 2011, but after a successful climb up the mountain, extreme weather conditions meant she was not able to take off and paraglide down from the summit of Mount Everest.

Falconer, along with around 100 other paragliders, has been given the green light to jump from the 19,340 ft peak of Mont Kilimanjaro this week. Speaking to the BBC, Miss Falconer said “it's an amazing thing to do - I've climbed mountains before and successfully flown off them - but this trip has got something extra special. “

"I'm joining together with so many other wonderful people to raise all this money to make a difference," she added.

The Wings of Kilimanjaro project aims to raise $1 million for charity and will see a team of more than 1,000 porters, guides and crew help the 100 paragliders on their seven day trek up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 ft above sea level. The first attempt to climb the mountain was made by German officer, Baron Carl Claus von der Decken and British geologist, Richard Thornton in 1861 but they reportedly got no farther than 8,200 feet.

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