Nick Carey, one of our void surveyors, has successfully reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, two years after he was forced to descend early.
Nick originally set out to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro back in 2016. Along with his partner Carole, daughter Sonja and her husband Nick, the group raised over £4,000 for Retinitis Pigmentosa Fighting Blindness, a charity dedicated to combating blindness.
Both avid walkers, Nick and Carole had already completed gruelling hikes including finishing the London to Brighton 100km in 27 hours and six minutes. However, 714m from the summit, they succumbed to altitude sickness and were advised to stop.
Determined to reach the summit, Nick trained hard for his second attempt, with lots of distance walking up large hills over a long period. Together with his daughter Sonja, they completed the expedition in seven days, experiencing a range in temperature from 20 degrees at the base to below minus at the top.
The highest point in Africa, Kilimanjaro stands at 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) and is the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. As climbers ascend, a decrease in oxygen levels makes the trek more difficult, slowing down the pace. Climbing too quickly can bring on altitude sickness, which can prevent even the fittest person reaching the summit.
Having successfully reached the top of Kilimanjaro, Nick will be retiring his walking boots for his next challenge – his wedding with Carole in 2019.