PHOTO GALLERY: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY SUMMIT 2015

We were lucky enough to have the incredible, award winning photographer Nicola Bailey with us on our March 2015 Kilimanjaro climb. We've never seen someone so elegantly and capture the experience and beauty that is Kilimanjaro...

BY NICOLA BAILEY
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There are lots of reasons why people take on great challenges.  When we, 28 women from 10 different countries and even more diverse backgrounds, came together to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, it was these motivations that initially stood us apart. What unified us though was the common and not insignificant goal of taking on Africa’s tallest mountain and conquering it.

In many ways climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a solo achievement. This feels particularly the case in those long and dark hours of summit night when you’re digging deep within your mental and physical reserves just to keep going.

However what made this trip so special, and indeed more achievable, was that despite the importance of each individual’s efforts, there was an over arching feeling of unity and togetherness.

From the ongoing banter to the sharing of snacks, the morale boosting comments and the songs, we supported each other every step of the way.

Significantly, our trip was timed to coincide with International Women’s Day – a day that celebrates respect and love toward women as well as their political, economic and social achievements. On this day, we proved that as women we walk in solidarity and that as women we can achieve remarkable things.