Cape Town - Adventurers
Lynne and Noel Hanna, from Johannesburg, made history over the weekend when
they became the first husband and wife team in the world to climb Mount Everest
from both sides.
while their latest adventure saw them enter the record books, the couple had a
more poignant reason for wanting to stand on top of the world's tallest
mountain again - to sprinkle the ashes of their beloved dog, Babu, who was like
a child to them.
Lynne, 54, CEO of Clarins South Africa and Noel, 49, a renowned adventurer and
endurance athlete, both seasoned mountain climbers, first attempted the north
side of the mountain in 2005, but were forced to abandon it when Noel
experienced retinal haemorrhaging in his eyes at 7 000 metres.
their return home to Northern Ireland they got Babu, a German Shepherd pup, to
keep Noel company as he recovered. Babu means 'child' or 'son' in Tibetan and
the couple say their dog became as close to them as a child over the years. Babu
ran and trained in the mountains with Lynne and Noel throughout his 10 1/2 years,
but sadly passed away in December of last year.
couple stood on the summit of Everest for the first time in 2009 after climbing
the south side from Nepal and successfully summited from the north side in
Tibet, on Saturday, May 21 at 07:00 Tibetan time.
and Noel moved to South Africa from Northern Ireland four years ago when Lynne
was appointed CEO for Paris-based cosmetics giants Clarins, covering South
Africa and the Sub Saharan continent. Previously she had been well known as the
Northern Ireland manager for Clarins. She met Noel, a bodyguard and adventurer
in 2000, through their joint love of endurance sports. A match made in heaven,
the intrepid duo thrive on extreme challenges and together have tackled some of
the world's toughest races.
a long list of endurance events are The Marathon Des Sables, Deathvalley 135,
Discovery Eco-challenges and Himalayan 100 miler to name just a few. They have
also scaled summits all over the world and Noel has reached the top of Everest
eight times now.
vast experience and passion has seen him become a world recognised consultant,
advising endurance event organisers on course design and expedition logistics
and he has led expeditions to all the seven continents. (www.noelhanna.com)
they have achieved so far makes climbing Everest - the challenge of a lifetime
to most of us - look like a walk in the park for Lynne and Noel.
and Noel were undaunted by the challenge despite the risks and dangers, with
avalanches and earthquakes posing the greatest threats. Noel was at base camp
when the huge earthquake hit Nepal in 2005, killing over 8 000 people and
injuring 21 000. Rock falls and avalanches were just some of the difficulties
the couple faced as they attempted their latest challenge but Mother Nature was
on their side this time and the summit was relatively incident-free, despite
gale force winds.
Click HERE for a video clip of the couple at 7 700m.
says: "At the summit it is just so nice if the weather is good. People
think when you reach the top the hard work is done, but more people get killed
going down than going up. The big challenge is keeping yourself fit and healthy
and not getting any chest or cold infections and eating healthily..”
lot of it is out of our control, like the weather, rockfalls and earthquakes,
they are things that we can't do anything about. You just have to try to give
yourself as much time as possible and know your body and what you are capable
Lynne adds: "When you get to the summit you are shattered, but it is unbelievable
to be standing on the highest place on earth.”
to the risks involved with climbing Everest, and the lack of communications in
the area, the couple took a SPOT Gen3 tracking and messaging device with them
on the trip. With the device, friends, family and fans could track them 24/7
and “watch” them summit live! The device also allows for customised messages to
be sent out, as well as an SOS signal in life threatening situations. (africa.findmespot.com)
couple will return to South Africa shortly, having created some incredibly
special memories on the world’s highest mountain, and bidding their fur-child
courtesy of: Belfast Telegraph