Oisin scales Kil­i­man­jaro

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TEN-YEAR-OLD Oisin McDe­vitt had boiled bananas for his Christ­mas din­ner as he scaled Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, Africa’s high­est moun­tain.

A na­tive of Wicklow Oisin and his fam­ily moved to Jersey in the Chan­nel Is­lands when he was 6 years old.

From Greenane, Rath­drum Oisin started his mam­moth climb on De­cem­ber 23 reach­ing the sum­mit at 6 a.m. on De­cem­ber 27, just days be­fore an­other Wicklow man, Ian McKeever, was killed by light­ning on the moun­tain.

Ten year old Oisin reached the sum­mit of Mount Kil­i­man­jaro via the West­ern Route.

The son of Fergie and Sara Oisin has two sib­lings, Fi­ach (7) and Tur­logh (4).

His love of climb­ing comes as no sur­prise as his dad Fergie is a former mem­ber of the Glen of Imaal Moun­tain Res­cue Team when he lived in Wicklow.

In Jersey his oc­cu­pa­tion in­volves climb­ing.

‘In com­plet­ing this sum­mit Oisin has been recog­nised by the Kil­i­man­jaro Na­tional Park as the fastest as­cent by a 10 year old and one of the youngest ever to com­plete that route’, said Fergie.

He said that the weather on the West­ern Route of Kil­i­man­jaro, which is one of the more dif­fi­cult routes to the sum­mit, was ter­ri­ble.

‘ The rain and light­ning was ter- ri­ble. There was light­ning at one stage ev­ery 20 to 30 sec­onds.

‘Luck­ily Oisin didn’t suf­fer from al­ti­tude sick­ness and was up and down in four days. ‘It was an amaz­ing feat.’ On the fi­nal day we walked from the sum­mit to the base to get off the moun­tain be­cause of the bad weather.’

The climb started on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23, mean­ing Oisin and Fergie were on Kil­i­man­jaro eat­ing boiled bananas while the rest of us were tuck­ing into turkey and ham.

Oisin has a keen sense of ad­ven­ture ac­cord­ing to Fergie and is a mem­ber of the Un­der 11 Jersey rugby team.

■ Oi­son McDe­vitt fly­ing the flag at the sum­mit of Kil­i­man­jaro.

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