An 83-year-old Capetonian man has reached the top of Kilimanjaro yesterday in honour of his late wife becoming the second oldest person to summit.
Peter Grant, an 83-year-old from Cape Town reached the first summit of Kilimanjaro, Stella Point (5,685m) on the 27 January 2017 at around 08h45.
Grant and his wife had always dreamed of climbing Kilimanjaro, but unfortunately she passed away before being able to accomplish this dream. The determined Capetonian made a decision that he would reach the summit in honour of her memory.
Mount Kilimanjaro with its three volcanic cones, “Kibo”, “Mawenzi”, and “Shira”, is a dormant volcano in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,900 m (16,000 ft) from its base to 5,895 metres (19,341 ft) above sea level.
Grant and his guide Godlisten, began their journey to the roof of Africa on the 22 January 2017 and through a couple of tough days, reached the summit 6 days later.
“It was an incredibly emotional trip for Peter and the Explore Plus Travel and Tours team are so proud of him, facing the challenge and living the dream!!!”
“CONGRATULATIONS Peter, you conquered Africa’s highest mountain! WHAT AN ACHIEVEMENT!!”
Grant has also become the second oldest man to reach the summit.
Dr Robert J Wheeler, aged 85 years and 201 days, currently holds the record for the oldest person to climb Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania on 2 October 2014.