Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro had been a dream of mine since the first time I stepped foot on Africa soil 7 years ago. To finally reach the summit was the most satisfying feeling, words can hardly describe. It was more than a dream come true!
Peak Potential Adventures is an extremely well-organised expedition company. Darren Wise & Shane Pophfer have extensive expedition experience as well as their military backgrounds, so I knew I was in safe hands doing the climb with them. Looking back, I wouldn’t have wanted to do the climb with a ‘tour’ group.
Leading up to the 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro climb, Darren was available to meet with me several times to discuss any questions I had regarding logistics, equipment, gear etc. Darren went out of his way on the mountain, making sure everyone had been fed & their gear was correct for the Summit. Individually chatting to each person along the way each day to see they were feeling okay & that they were well informed of each day’s climb.
Shane’s beautiful nature & funny sense of humour meant there were always lots of laughs & lots of different things to chat or sing about along the way. Shane would hang back if you were having a slow day or it feeling so well. Being very supportive & always making sure you were having fun. And to hear about Darren & Shane’s other expeditions & military stories, added to the whole experience.
The training sessions together beforehand were not only the perfect opportunity to get to know each other but definitely helped in preparing mentally & physically. Especially the layering of clothes, adjusting gear & practice organising your day pack which is essential on the mountain to get these things right.
Darren, Shane & the Peak Potential Adventures crew of 2013… not only did we all come away with amazing memories but life long friendships & a bond that you can only understand after doing something like this. To be in the middle of nowhere, depending on each other & only the supplies we had… It is truly what life is all about.
Knowing that we raised over $80k combined, for Make-A-Wish Australia gave me a huge sense of achievement & satisfaction. Combing both of these made it a life-changing experience, not only for myself but to innocent little lives.
If you’re interested in the climb or have been thinking about doing it for some time, I highly recommended taking the leap & doing it with Peak Potential Adventures.
This is an adventure of a lifetime you will never regret!