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Five volcanoes a warm-up

KATASHA MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 05:00 20/02/2014
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AIMING HIGH: Recreate NZ staff Renee Duncan, Brent Jenkin, Nicola Keyworth and Matt Alpe will climb five volcanoes in five days.

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Climbing five volcanoes in five days is no easy task.

Staff from charity Recreate NZ are taking on the challenge as part of the build-up towards manager Brent Jenkin's scaling of Mt Kilimanjaro in August.

The Castor Bay resident hopes to raise $13,000 to buy Recreate NZ a new van to take children on camps and day trips.

Colleagues Renee Duncan, Matt Alpe and Nicola Keyworth have put their hiking boots on in support of Mr Jenkin and the group will tackle the five volcanoes on March 14 to 19.

Mr Alpe says a lot of it is new to him.

"We're not super pro trampers. It'll be challenging, that's for sure. That's the point."

They will scale the North Island's highest peaks, Ruapehu, Taranaki, Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Hauhungatahi, each lugging 10 to 15 kilograms of gear.

The group plans to climb one of the mountains at night to mirror the conditions Mr Jenkin will face on Mt Kilimanjaro.

Recreate NZ offers 170 social, educational and recreational programmes and works with more than 300 disabled youth aged 9 to 29 in Auckland, Waikato and Christchurch.

Mr Alpe says it is great to model the adventure side of what the organisation represents.

People can choose a mountain to sponsor - the taller the mountain, the bigger the donation, ranging from $50 for Mt Ruapehu to $10 for Mt Hauhungatahi.

The team plan to acknowledge each sponsor on the top of the volcano they chose.

Go to givealittle.co.nz and search Recreate NZ to donate.

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