The eve of Salihin bin Sinai’s Kilimanjaro triumph may have been the toughest day of his life.
The expedition, lead by long time Special Olympics supporter Michael Dee, took on the Western Breach route, known as the most breathtaking, yet challenging way to reach the peak. A seven hour, 45-60 degree ascent which leads through a breach in the crater wall, made more precarious with rocks dislodged from melting and retreating glaciers above the route.
As the team members negotiated their way, the effects of the altitude set in. Salihin was the hardest hit and started to decline. By the third stage of the route he moved slowly, struggling to carry on. As Michael remembers, "We all provided support, encouragement and guidance to Salihin to get him to the crater rim, (but) the only person who could get it done was Salihin himself."