AET’s Chris Ward can usually be found buzzing around the site chasing corner posts and cantrail brackets through production, but that all took a back seat as he embarked on a one in a lifetime challenge of scaling Africa’s tallest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro.
Chris, who joined the company in 2014, flew to Tanzania on 4th March and spent a couple of days acclimatising to the conditions before starting the trek on Sunday 6th March. The final push to the summit started at midnight on the Thursday which allowed them to arrive at the summit in daylight hours and fully appreciate what they had achieved.
Standing at a remarkable 5,895 metres above sea level, the challenge of reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro is accessible, but daunting. On average, 10 climbers lose their lives to the mountain, mainly due to altitude sickness as oxygen levels drop to 49% compared to sea level.
After returning to base camp, Chris and the rest of the expedition team continued their adventures with a few days of safari and a well-earned rest!