Travel

Gympie man climbs Mt Kilimanjaro in four days

SKY HIGH: Paul Hehir was relieved to reach the peak of the mountain.
SKY HIGH: Paul Hehir was relieved to reach the peak of the mountain. Contributed

IT'S A LONG way to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, especially from Gympie, and Paul Hehir is one man who knows.

In September he spent three weeks travelling throughout Africa, with the first stop the peak of the mountain.

This is the 50-year-old's 12th overseas trip and he may have "seen a bit of the world" but completing the 5895 metre climb was a goal for some time.

"It was on my radar for many years," Mr Hehir said.

He climbed the mountain with a group of five travellers.

The first three days they trekked for about six hours, with three guides and porters to carry some of the gear.

They managed to reach the peak in four and a half days, which Mr Hehir said was very quick to do.

"A safe ascent is five to 10 days," he said.

"Altitude was a big challenge."

 

He trained by walking, climbing Pomona Mountain and eight-hour hikes.

Although he said he could have been fitter, he thought he fared pretty well but the stint to the last peak was tough.

It took six hours and the climbers began their ascent at midnight to reach the top by sunrise.

"About half way up it hit me, I didn't have anything left in the tank but it's worth it ... unreal experience," Mr Hehir said.

Once there, Mr Hehir said the temperature was minus 10 degrees celcius and it was windy.

While it took days getting there, coming down the other side only took two and a half hours - in fact they ran down.

Once on level ground, Mr Hehir spent another eight days sight-seeing.

For four days he travelled on safaris througout the wilderness and then relaxed in Zanzibar, which he said was home to beautiful beaches.

Gympie Times

Topics:  gympie hiking mt kilimanjaro travel



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

GALLERY: Gympie community connected at The Pavilion

Connecting the Community, Ebony Chandler, Rani Chandler, Tina Fairy, Trina Fairy and Azi Fairy (Teeny Weeny Faeries)

CHECK out the photos from the connecting the community event

Gympie naturalist club weeds out feral plants

PLAYING HOST: Alan Pratt and club members inspect a native bee hive found in a stump.

Naturalists working to protect environmental habitats

Local Partners

Gympie naturalist club weeds out feral plants

SINCE coming to live at Brooloo Allan and Dianne Pratt have devoted most of their time to removing and getting rid of a huge amount of feral plants.


What's on in Gympie this weekend?

KEEP ROLLING: The long-awaited opening of Gympie's Skatezone is this weekend.

From roller skating to community expos, there's plenty on.

Red Hatters raise a stir in Widgee

News

Widgee community always has plenty happening

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Un-American tale makes Lion weakest link in Oscars line-up

PSYCHOLOGY researchers find US films and actors most likely to win accolades at the Oscars.

Can rightful winner Midnight take out golden Gosling in Oscars?

Can Lion pip La La Land at the post in this year's Oscars? Sunny Pawar (pictured) helped bring a powerful film to the big screen.

WILL Aussie film Lion triumph or will popular La La Land prevail?

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

Chris Cheney of The Living End stars in the Australian production of Green Days musical American Idiot at Brisbane's QPAC Theatre.

TAKE a look behind the scenes of Green Day's American Idiot musical

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Stunning home blends South Pacific beauty with Orient style

Immaculate residence with two outdoor living areas

15 houses for sale in Gympie under $200,000

9 Norman St Gympie: $179,000

First home-buyer or investor? Take a look at these bargains.

Red Hill Rd cafe property under the hammer Saturday

HOT PROPERTY: 14 Red Hill Rd, Gympie is going under the hammer.

Are you in the market for a place to run a coffee shop?

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!