A father/son team will climb the highest mountain for their favorite NE Ohio charity -- North Coast Community Homes

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CLEVELAND -- Pat Finley and his 79-year-old dad Tom love their favorite charity so much, they are willing to "climb the highest mountain" to prove it.

In early June, Finley, who is chairman of the Board of Trustees of North Coast Community Homes, will join his dad, Tom, in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, 19,341 feet high.

Tom Finley sleeps in an oxygen deprivation tent to acclimatize his body to the heights he will experience climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world as well as the tallest volcano.

According to National Geographic, only about 45 percent of those who attempt the mountain actually summit successfully. Will they make it? Who will raise the most?

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Rising from the Savannah of East Africa, Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but also the tallest free-standing mountain on Earth. Conquering its unmistakable snow-capped peak has been the dream of trekkers as well as seasoned mountaineers for ages.

And rightly so, as Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest, yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah. Its caldera is covered with ice, yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator.

There is no doubt that the views from its top are a great reward: from Kilimanjaro's summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet, and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara, 200 miles distant.

However, Kilimanjaro has much more to offer than just its awe-inspiring views. Embarking on an expedition to the roof of Africa is the equivalent of a trip from the Equator to the Arctic, as the landscape varies from bush land to tropical forest, from moorland to heath, and to alpine desert.

Kilimanjaro might be one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world, but Pat and Tom plan on conquering it to stand atop Uhuru Peak.

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