LCMTours WITH TWO TOURISTS

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On the 6th of Feb 2014, LCMTours received in Buea two Girls, Els and Eva from Belgium. They made an experience that  for them was enigmatic. Their target was Mount Cameroon which they got there using LCMTours services. Matching Tourists to the right tourism agency is our pride and we just do it best because we love doing it and we love our clients. Cutting away from our clients does barriers of fear.


Els and Eva from Belguim came to LCMTours last week looking to hike Mt Cameroon. We helped them plan their hike and by Saturday they were on the mountain. Matching Tourists to the right tour guides is our pride. We just do it best because we love doing it, and we love our clients.
 Stay tune for some picture of their hike!

WHO INITIATED THE MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE?

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In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain.  One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975. On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna  at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative.   The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race. The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field. In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea. Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium. After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January. The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit.

In 1972, a group of tourists from France and Britain; Charput, Michon and Fischer, who resided and worked in Cameroon, alongside their children, visited the Buea Mountain.
One of them worked as the General Manager of Guinness Cameroon. These tourists were accompanied to the mountain by guides and porters amongst them Amos Evambe who won the race in 1975.
On their way back, they promised their children that whoever first reached the town will have a price and the children became so happy and went down the Mountain with much zeal than before. When they arrived, they got their prices and the next day, they invited the porters for a dinna at Buea Mountain Hotel and discussed with them if this could be a good initiative.
The race was named the Guinness Mount Cameroon Race.
The show took place at BTTC field in Buea (now known as BHS). The first ever race run had as starting and finishing point the BTTC field.
In 1973, officials of Guinness met government for authorisation to organise the race. Government granted the request on condition that the race takes place on March 10, 1973, so as to spice the first ever Agric Show which was inaugurated by late President Ahmadou Ahidjo, in Buea.
Eventually, due to limited space, the venue of the race was moved to about 400 meters from the Agric Show ground to the tourism office. As time went on, the number of contestants kept increasing. The race was again moved from the tourism office to the old stadium at Buea Town. A few years later, due to some irregularities on the part of some runners who were alleged to have defaulted on some of the rules of the game, the race was then moved again to the Molyko Stadium.
After honouring the wish of President Amadou Ahidjo to organise the race on March 10, the race found its favourite month to be February. Only in rare cases did the race take place in January.
The first participants of this race did not get things easy. The environmental condition of the mountain was not suitable for them. There was also no road traced for the athletes to follow; they all had to follow the path of hunters. Trees were not felled to enable athletes have easy passage and the distance was too long as contestants were compelled to pass through bottle pick to the summit.

GUINNESS IS BACK IN THE SCENE FOR MOUNT CAMEROON RACE OF HOPE

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In 1973, 140 athletes contested. The first three were rewarded as follows: FCFA 30,000, 10 cartons of Guinness drinks, FCFA 20,000, eight cartons of drinks and FCFA 10,000 and six cartons of drinks, respectively. The compensatory prize was FCFA 500 and two cartons of drinks. The following year, the prize increased to FCFA 60,000, FCFA 40,000 and FCFA 20,000 with the same number of cartons of drinks. These prizes were maintained up to 1978. From 1978 to 1982, there was a temporary halt in the race. Guinness Cameroon came back in 1982 with a new spirit, the prize was increased to FCFAS 500,000 to first athlete, FCFA 300,000 and FCFA 200,000 to the second and third respectively. However, the number of cartons of drinks and the compensatory prize were maintained. As people realised that this could be an opportunity to make money, the number of athletes increased from 140 to 500. These athletes were divided as follows: Cameroon, 200; Africa, 150 and other continents 150.Women first entered the race in 1983. From 1973 to 1985, two athletes were noticed for being the fasted in descending and ascending; Lekunze Leku and Mike Short, respectively. Eventually, the organisation of the race changed hands from Guinness Cameroon to the Ministry of Youth and Sport and was renamed the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. Following this readjustment, the cash prize was increased to FCFA 3 million in 2008. Now Guinness has come back for 1000.000cfa

In 1973, 140 athletes contested. The first three were rewarded as follows: FCFA 30,000, 10 cartons of Guinness drinks, FCFA 20,000, eight cartons of drinks and FCFA 10,000 and six cartons of drinks, respectively. The compensatory prize was FCFA 500 and two cartons of drinks.
The following year, the prize increased to FCFA 60,000, FCFA 40,000 and FCFA 20,000 with the same number of cartons of drinks. These prizes were maintained up to 1978.
From 1978 to 1982, there was a temporary halt in the race.
Guinness Cameroon came back in 1982 with a new spirit, the prize was increased to FCFAS 500,000 to first athlete, FCFA 300,000 and FCFA 200,000 to the second and third respectively. However, the number of cartons of drinks and the compensatory prize were maintained.
As people realised that this could be an opportunity to make money, the number of athletes increased from 140 to 500. These athletes were divided as follows: Cameroon, 200; Africa, 150 and other continents 150.Women first entered the race in 1983.
From 1973 to 1985, two athletes were noticed for being the fasted in descending and ascending; Lekunze Leku and Mike Short, respectively. Eventually, the organisation of the race changed hands from Guinness Cameroon to the Ministry of Youth and Sport and was renamed the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. Following this readjustment, the cash prize was increased to FCFA 3 million in 2008. Now Guinness has come back with 10,000,000cfa for each winner.

Legend about Mount Cameroon

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The Legend about Mt Cameroon

Mount Cameroon is also called Mount Fako or the ‘Chariot of gods’
one of Africa’s active volcanoes, 4,095 metres bove sea level. There are
Myths about this Mountain and it is believed that a god, Efasa Moto, is ever the one preventing
the Mountain from eruption but in ecceptional cases can allow the eruption, such as the lava flow of 1992.
he chose to let the lava flow in order to unite him with his wife, Liengu la
Mwanja, a sea mermaid). It is also said that this same god refuses to let the same athlete win the
Mount Cameroon Race of Hope if the athlete boasted his/her victory or claim to have conquered the mountain. The Mountain is still an active volcano which last eruption occurs in the year 2000. Before that date, the Fako had erupted in 450, 1650, 1807, 1825, 1838, 1865, 1866, 1909, 1922, 1925, 1954, 1959, 1982 and 1999. It belongs to the effusive or Hawaiian volcano type which eruptions are generally calm,