St Dominic’s students summit Kili

| November 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

A request by a senior St Dominic’s Academy Newcastle pupil led to a group of eight pupils, four teachers (including the headmaster), a former head boy and four parents summiting the highest free-standing mountain in the world – Mount Kilimanjaro – during the recent June school holidays.

Preparation for the challenge saw the group training for eight months – climbing Sani Pass, Thaba Nhlenyana (the highest peak in the Drakensberg), Majuba Mountain, Muller’s Pass, Normandien Pass and Leeukop near Ntshingwayo Dam.

The group of 17 set off for their ultimate challenge in ideal climbing conditions, with all in good spirits. Unfortunately on days three and four, two of the pupils fell prey to altitude sickness and had to return to base camp. Day five saw the remaining 15 all summit on a beautiful clear day, much to the relief of all concerned, especially the families at home.

Category: Summer 2012

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