Gladstone woman reaches new heights during Africa climb
REACHING the roof of Africa when she conquered Mt Kilimanjaro was always going to be a highlight for Gladstone woman Cathrine Hogan.
But raising $65,000 for orphaned children in Kenya was an incredible feat that induced the same emotion.
"It was the hardest physical thing I have done, other than child birth," she said. "The summit day is the hardest and longest day.
"We started at midnight in the freezing cold and climbed in the dark for nine hours.
"The temperature dropped to six degrees and the oxygen levels dropped to 50%," Ms Hogan said.
"You just wanted to sit down and go to sleep. But If you did, you would die."
Ms Hogan said the experience had been everything she had hoped for and more.
"The view from the top was absolutely amazing and worth the effort," she said.
"Visiting the children that I nursed as babies seven years ago was awesome, and meeting many like-minded people for the first time was an added advantage."
Although Ms Hogan treasured her time in Africa, the experience did not come without a spectrum of emotion.
"I was the oldest female in our group but not the oldest on the mountain that night," she said.
"I saw six turn back and one man older than me died half an hour after I left the summit."