Mrs SA reaches top of Kilimanjaro, following Mount Everest rescue

Nicole Capper (Photo: Supplied)
Nicole Capper (Photo: Supplied)

Cape Town - Mrs South Africa Nicole Capper braved extreme weather conditions and reached the highest peak in Africa on Thursday.

Sharing a photo from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro on Instagram, the 32-year-old mother of two reflected on the tough journey, and how she almost turned around after strong winds endangered the lives of her guide and herself.

"This was a climb on #WomensDay for all women, because we all climb mountains, some far greater than the physical one I faced," she added.   

Nicole, who was airlifted from Mount Everest after experiencing respiratory complications during a Mount Everest trek to base camp in April, would not the let the previous experience damper her spirits. 

Well done, Nicole! 


SUMMIT ? 5895m. 36 hours with 40 mins sleep. Wind chill of -17°c, 60km/hr winds. The toughest conditions @trek4mandela has seen in its history. Half way between Stella point and the summit at Uhuru I made the toughest call of my life. With the highest point in Africa in my sights I turned back. The gale force gusts were picking me up off my feet on the top of the ridge, and I was endangering the life of my guide and myself. I told him that sometimes the greatest achievements are disguised as defeats. We wept together. At that point we had no idea that crampons were on the way to us - these metal spikes were strapped to our shoes and enabled us to grip to the icy ridge. With very little strength left I decided to give it all I had. I pushed. Harder than i ever have. And with our heads down we fought the winds to the ultimate summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. This was a climb on #WomensDay for all women, because we all climb mountains, some far greater than the physical one I faced. Like the #GirlChild who fights for access to sanitary pads, an education, and a future. So proud and honoured to be part of this year's #Trek4Mandela vision and their #Executiveclimb in association with @samsungsa and @nelsonmandelafoundationsa. The team was a collection of beautiful souls - world changers. #GameChangers. More pics to follow all through women's month of this epic adventure for a purpose. #RareHeights Thank you to my incredible support for getting me to the top. Firstly to my guide and mentor @sibusiso.vilane. Then to my tribe - friends and family who support my dreams without question. My children who believe in what I do, and mostly believe they can reach #RareHeights too, because mommy is brave. They are my reason. My sponsors who never say no, and lift me onto their shoulders: Tontrac, Barberry, Cintron, RSS Security, TRSS reaction, Gemelli, Body Revival, Spot Africa, ATNT. And finally to my @tammytaylornailssouthafrica @mrs_south_africa 2017 sisters who inspired my climb. I carried all your stories and climbs up with me, because I have learnt so much from watching you all summit your own mountains. Thank you for the lessons and the love. I love and appreciate you all.

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