C3 Summits Mera Peak to Stop
Rhino Poaching Social Responsibility
A huge congratulations to Nick Grange for his recent achievement in the summiting of Mera Peak in Nepal in aid of raising awareness for rhino poaching in South Africa. Nick flew to Kathmandu on the 23rd September 2014, and after an arduous landing at Lukla airport, known to be the one of most dangerous airports in the world, arrived in Nepal. On the 6th October, after a 7 hour hike, Nick summited Mera Peak. Mera Peak is 6 476 meters above sea level and its notable summit provides one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Nepal. This magical vantage point offers stunning views of five 8000m peaks, Everest and Lhotse to the north, Kanchenjunga and Makalu to the east and the majestic Cho Oyu to the west.
The initiative was in partnership with StopRhinoPoaching.com which is an independent web-based platform, dedicated to raising awareness and support for the war against rhino poaching. Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 2600 rhinos - a figure that, despite so much effort, increases daily. The figures are soaring despite so much effort by so many good people. That said, too many rhinos still die because of ineffective systems, the lack of political will, empathy and sheer negligence. StopRhinoPoaching.com will continue to channel funding towards specific projects, putting as much as they can into areas containing larger rhino populations that are managed by dedicated and responsible conservation minded rhino owners/custodians.
Nick Grange says, "This was a serious expedition for a critical issue in South Africa which is Rhino Poaching. The aim of the expedition was to raise both funds as well as awareness around the cause and this turned out to be very successful as well as an adventure of a lifetime. It was an awesome experience with 14 days of trekking in the mountains from rainforests to snow-capped peaks. One is struck by the sheer size of the mountains whilst standing at base camp (Khare - 5099m above sea level) you look up at Mera Peak and it appears almost to be as high as the Drakensberg range standing an another 1377m above you. Nepal is a small country rich in history, culture and religion, this is evident by the amount of Mantras, stupas and prayer wheels scattered across the landscape."
Well done Nick, what a fantastic achievement and I'm sure you have memories to last a lifetime.