Former Senior Spotlight Subject, Reaches Highest Point in Africa
Long-term readers of our award-winning Senior Siren magazine, may remember Roger Hart (pictured on right above) from edition 6, when we discussed his many experiences competeing in ultra-marathon events in some of the World's toughest locations, such as Oman, Mt Everest and the Sahara Desert.
To prove that the adventures just keep coming at all stages of life, Roger recently undertook a gruelling expedition to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, which has the distinction of being the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the World, standing at 19,341 feet above sea-level.
Roger's ascent to the roof of Africa took a number of days of slogging up the footslopes of the famous mountain, before making his successful attempt on the peak in blizzard conditions. Roger made the climb with 2 friends, making up a collective age of 205-years. Upon checking the visitors book they were pleased to discover that they were the oldest climbers to reach the summit in the 2013 season.
Roger said, "This has been a totaly different challenge to running ultra-marathons, but has been a great and quite demanding experience. We were very pleased to reach the summit, particularly as many of our fellow climbers were forced to turn back due to the terrible weather that we encountered. Sadly our view from the top was curtailed by the snow clouds, but it was an experience that I will never forget"
We congratulate Roger and his party on their expedition and thank them for proving that older adulthood is no bar to fulfilling those long desired ambitions.
Click on the link below to read Roger's Senior Spotlight article from Senior Siren edition 6.