Climbing Everest for kids
TWO South African mountain
climbers have set their sights on
conquering the world's highest peak for
one of the country's favourite charities,
the Childhood Cancer Foundation (CHOC).
But Robbie Kojetin and John
Black are being held back: by snow storms
and an avalanche last week, in which a
mountain guide was killed.
Kojetin and Black, who hope
to begin their ascent of Mount Everest in
the "next few
days", have spent the last eight weeks
acclimatising to the high altitude at
Base Camp in Nepal.
"We are not sure exactly
when we will leave, but it should be in
the next four or five days ..." said
Black, 28, who is from Cape Town, on
"The weather forecast for
the summit is -25C and a wind speed of
around 30knl/h per hour," he said.
Kojetin, 30, from Durban, described the
avalanche on their blog.
"That avalanche came down
the wall and destroyed everything in its
path. The climbers up there were brought
to safety after a three-hour rescue
operation. One Sherpa is presumed dead
after not being found," he said.
Kojetin and Black are part
of a 22-member international team. The
two have climbed South America’s
highest peak, Mt Aconcagua, Mount Elbrus in
Russia and Africa's highest, Mount Kilimanjaro.
"I think that the charity
fundraising has helped to keep us both
motivated," Kojetin said.
Their summit climb "will
take about five days.
Sally Evans, 18 May 2009