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Welsh rugby captains 'gearing up for climbing holiday to Tanzania'

A former Welsh rugby captain planning a holiday to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro has said he is excited by the "fear of the unknown".

Ieuan Evans is part of the 15-strong squad of men that have worn the armband for their country. They will tackle the peak with current coach Warren Gatland.

He told BBC News he has "never done anything like this before".

"I'm not sure about the training, I'm playing squash - there aren't any 20,000ft mountains in Wales to train on," Evans said.

The gang - which also includes Scott Quinnell, Scott Gibbs, Paul Thorburn and Ryan Jones - are aiming to boost the coffers of the Velindre Cancer Centre's Stepping Stone Appeal to the tune of £1 million on the jaunt.

Photographer Huw Evans enlisted the help of the former sportsmen after his wife was diagnosed with the disease in her lungs in 2008.

He praised the "incredible" support of the team during a difficult time for his family.
People looking to follow in the footsteps of the squad could go on one of Adventure Company's holidays to Tanzania.

The Rongai Route offers a demanding trek, while the Machame Route is a little more gentle and scenic.

Other options include the Marangu Route and the Peaks of Tanzania sojourn.

If this article sparks your imagination then have a look at our Kilimanjaro Trek or our Tanzania holidays page