FRACKVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local doctor is climbing the world’s tallest mountain, For a cause. We first showed you Dr. James Greenfield packing his bags for the big trip, but now he’s hiking!
When he’s in the U.S., you’ll find Dr. Greenfield spending his time in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. But today, he’s nowhere near there.
“There are periods of time that are very tough on this type of a journey,’ said Greenfield.
11-thousand feet up Mount Everest, Dr. James Greenfield and his team of travelers are climbing at least seven hours a day. And while it seems like this trek would be a bucket list item, these hikers are doing it for another reason.
They’re volunteers with Care Highway International, a charity that brings health care and education opportunities to kids in Kenya.
I Skyped with Greenfield and Chris Morrison, the organization’s founder. They’re mid-climb in what’s expected to be a ten day hike, but they were able to find internet access at a teepee camp in Namche Bazar.
“Some of these hills, getting a little oxygen — it’s not an easy thing. But we’re a team. We’re all there for each other and we’re not going to stop. We’re all helping each other,” said Greenfield.
They do big expeditions like this to raise awareness.
The group is keeping the public updated on their journey through an interactive GPS program and social media.
“We’re equipping our children for life’s challenges,” said a team member.
One U.S. dollar equals about 100 dollars in Kenya. There are 150 kids at Care Highway Interational’s Africa center. 300 U.S. dollars help feed all of them for three months. That’s what keeps these volunteers hiking up the freezing, dangerous terrain.
“I think it shows the commitment of the everyday people,” said Chris Morrison.
Because of the time of year, the group will not hike to the peak of the mountain. Their final destination will be base camp — where they’ll get a good view of the snow-covered mountain top, and have some time to acclimate. They expect to be there in five days.
Once they reach their destination, it will take them another four days to hike back down the mountain, and then come back to the U.S.