Still climbing mountains, 80 years on

2008-04-16 00:00

AN energetic 88-year-old man recently climbed a KwaZulu-Natal mountain for the second time, 80 years after his first ascent.

Jack Long made his first summit of the Bulwer mountain at the age of eight in 1928 and this weekend, he took along his eight-year-old great-grandson, Brandon Linnet, to follow in his footsteps.

When he was a boy he went up the mountain with his mother who was 28 years old at the time, said Long. “I thought it would be interesting to go back again and I felt it would be a good thing to take my great-grandson with me.”

The climbing expedition took a little over two hours.

According to Long, the climbing was a bit of a challenge for young Brandon.

“He kept on looking back and fell almost 20 times on our way up, but he made it to the top. I am very proud of him.”

Long’s daughter Wendy Linnett, her husband Colin and their son Gavin also joined in the climbing.

“We all had lunch at the top and then took a slippery climb down to the bottom.”

He said the tracks were wet after a few showers, but descending was not harder than climbing up.

Long is a member of the Ramblers and the Midlands hiking clubs.

“I believe that you must look after your legs because without legs your life is finished. I go to a gymnasium three times a week.”

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