SA women take on Everest

2013-04-11 15:51
Eight South African women have left for Kathmandu in Nepal to climb part of Mount Everest in an adventure that will also benefit charity. The expedition will end at one of Everest's base camps, SABC reports.

Raising funds for human trafficking victims and to raise awareness is what led these women to embark on this expedition. Driven by Freedom to Climb, which is a seven year old initiative to hike on seven mountain peaks in a space of seven years to support the victims of such inhumane acts, the project was launched late in 2011.

Forming part of the group of the climbers is Esmarie Taljaard, who said that every climber had to raise between five and 10 US dollars for people enslaved and trafficked all over the globe.

”We are a group of 45 women representing 13 countries and there are nine South Africans. The African team has a total of 14 women. We will not reach the peak of Everest. We will be climbing to the base camp, 5 500 meters. The day after Everest, we will climb to a small peak which is called Kalapata," said Taljaard.

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