Jailed for drugs
A man caught with almost £500 worth of cannabis has been jailed for three months.
Martin Hall appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week after admitting having the drug in Mitchell Way, Alexandria, on January 27.
The 30-year-old, previously of McColl Avenue, Tullichewan, but whose address was given as the Blue Triangle in Alexandria, was on bail at the time. A determined dad battled the equivalent of the worst hangover ever to scale the world’s highest freestanding mountain.
Martin Davies and pal Stevie Black trekked 6000 metres up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise almost £2000 for charity.
The 44-year-old police detective from Jamestown was overwhelmed when he reached the summit of the mountain in Tanzania after the gruelling climb.
He told the Lennox Herald: “It was the most incredible experience.
“We had headaches and were physically tired but when we got to the summit, wow, what an achievement.
“It was the culmination of 18 months preparation and nearly a year of physical training. It was quite emotional.”
Martin and Stevie, from Helensburgh, reached the summit on October 5 after four days of climbing.
They travelled to Tanzania and met up with guides and other trekkers before beginning their exppedition.
He said: “We were climbing about 1200 metres a day.
“On the fourth day we made our way to the summit camp and after a couple of hours’ sleep there at midnight we set off with head torches and climbed to the top of the mountain.
“We had a cup of ginger tea for altitude sickness and headed to the summit.”
Despite spending months going through a tough fitness regime, making sure their bodies were in the best shape they could be for the climb, the pair knew that the effects of the altitude were something they could not control.
The dad-of-two continued: “Altitude is a funny thing. My fitness was excellent, so was Stevie’s but altitude is an unknown quantity.
“We didn’t know how our bodies were going to take it.
“It feels like the worst hangover you’ve ever had. You are struggling to breathe because there’s only 50 percent oxygen on the summit.
“Your body’s working so hard and your resting heart rate is through the roof.”
They are now thinking about their next adventure: the Inca trail in Peru.
Martin and Stevie funded the Kilimanjaro trip themselves and raised £2000 for Children’s Hospice Across Scotland.
Martin said: “It wasn’t the reason we did it. It was to tick off our bucket list but we thought CHAS is such an amazing charity that we would raise money for