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INTREPID adventurer Alan Maguire will be one of the first people to ever paraglide off Mount Kilimanjaro.

By The Citizen  |  Posted: October 11, 2012

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adventures: Alan Maguire.

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INTREPID adventurer Alan Maguire will be one of the first people to ever paraglide off Mount Kilimanjaro.

The Hucclecote father-of-one will make a daring flight off the peak as part of a charity mission to raise $1millon, or £621,000, for charities in Tanzania.

The 52-year-old will spend seven days trekking up 20,000ft to the launch point and face temperatures of -7C. (19.40F)

Oxygen will be half that at sea level and he will have to wear special breathing equipment.

He will travel there in January as part of the Wings of Kilimanjaro expedition.

Organisers have been given special permission by officials to carry out the first sanctioned paraglide off the famous landmark.

More than 300 pilots from across the world applied to join the record-breaking mission and Alan is one of just 12 chosen from the UK.

He is aiming to raise £7,000 to fund the trip and help charities Plant with Purpose, WorldServe International and One Difference.

He has been paragliding for 20 years but the highest point he has ever taken flight from is 8,500ft.

The property landlord said: "I'm reasonably fit but have never done much climbing before or been to Kilimanjaro.

"I'm confident I can make it up there but will be a serious challenge to try and launch at 20,000 because the air is very rare.

"It's something that's never been done before as they don't usually allow any kind of sport in Kilimanjaro National Park and have never given permission for people to fly down it before."

For details visit www.wingsofkilimanjaro.com.

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  • the_mogul  |  October 11 2012, 3:54PM

    I paraglided off Kilamangaro back in 1986 with nothing more than kite sellotapped to my back and a snorkal on my face.

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