Spurred on by her team and determination to complete an adventure in memory of her dad, Hartpury’s equine events manager Kathryn Megan, joined other climbers to reach the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro on New Year’s Day.
On New Year’s Eve Kathryn and her team set off on the final leg of their journey with the aim of reaching Uhuru peak on Mount Kilimanjaro for the first sunrise of New Year’s Day. At sunrise, Kathryn still had another two hours of climbing to go, she pushed through her altitude sickness and reached the top of the highest freestanding mountain. “The feeling we got when we finally got to the top was amazing,” said Kathryn. “We couldn’t believe we had successfully reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro. As it was -17°C, we had to keep moving and didn’t get long to celebrate, just long enough to get a few victory pictures!”
Kathryn was undertaking the climb in memory of her dad, John, and to fundraise for the Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice where he had been cared for. “Reaching the gate at the bottom the next day was really emotional. I finished the walk in tears thinking about my dad,” said Kathryn.
“The climb up to the summit was definitely one of the hardest things I have ever done but it was a fantastic experience and one I won’t forget,” said Kathryn.
Kathryn’s Justgiving page will be open until February if you would like to make a donation to her fundraising efforts