Lawyer steps out of office to climb Africa's tallest mountain
WHEN Josh Fox decided he needed a holiday, little did he know he would end up climbing the tallest mountain in Africa.
The Rockhampton lawyer went well outside of his comfort zone when he got the chance to head to Mount Kilimanjaro in September with a group of people he didn't know.
The trip came about when Josh headed to The Bulletin's Link Lunches series which featured guest speaker Sebastian Terry.
Sebastian is known for his book and website, 100 Things, which follows Sebastian on adventures around the world as he works through his list of life goals.
Josh, who owns Fox Law, was given Sebastian's book by a friend and decided to go along to the lunch to hear Sebastian speak. That night, he hopped on his website and decided to do some research on a potential holiday.
The 30-year-old said he decided to embark on a group adventure to Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, because he "wanted to do something very different".
"I sit here doing office work (most days), and I guess I wanted to do something that caused me to grow as a person," Josh said.
The climb proved to be the challenge Josh was seeking in life and he said it was more difficult than he realised.
"You walk about 10-15km a day, that's not a normal part of my life," Josh said.
Training consisted of Josh tackling Mount Archer once a week.
"(Mount Kilimanjaro) is a five-day hike, three days up the summit, then down," he said. "You get out of breath and if it wasn't at an altitude it would be a doable walk for most people.
"The last night you are going up the final crater of the volcano and at the highest point, the oxygen is at 50% of what is normal.
"You feel like you're 90 years old just the way you're walking but your heart rate is going fast as if you're running.
"They start the summit attempt in the middle of the night and it's a mental battle, just like you're doing a long-distance run, you want to stop to make the pain go away but you need to tell yourself to keep going."
After reaching the summit and seeing what he had achieved, Josh said he was more motivated than ever.
While Josh is keen for another adventure, he hasn't settled on his next one yet.
However, he said meeting and trekking with Sebastian also added to his motivation.
"You get inspired by people like Seb," Josh said.
"I think he's kind of doing the things that are making him happy, which is something not a lot of people have the guts to do."
Josh said the trip has inspired him to begin filling his life with more memorable moments and to take a break and head out on more adventures.
25,000 people attempt to summit it each year; about two-thirds are successful. Altitude-related problems is the most common reason climbers turn back
The mountain's snow caps are diminishing, having lost more than 80% of their mass since 1912
The oldest person ever to summit the mountain was 87 years old
It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world
It has three volcanic cones, Mawenzi, Shira and Kibo. Mawenzi and Shira are extinct but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant and could erupt again