On top of things: as SA closed borders, she chose Kilimanjaro

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On top of things: as SA closed borders, she chose Kilimanjaro

The original plan was to do the trek with her sons at the end of 2020, but all that changed when Covid-19 hit

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For Elsabe Nel, 51, a solo trek up Mount Kilimanjaro brought dealing with the coronavirus into context.

“I was wet all the time, but once you’re climbing you adapt to walking in the rain. There wasn’t much of a view because it was raining; it was hard, but you get up every morning, put on your wet socks, wet shoes and your wet clothes, and you go again. It became symbolic of how we have to see corona: are we just going to sit or are we going to do something, even if it’s step by step?” Nel said.

“We can conquer our fears if we just put our minds to it,” Nel said. ..

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