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Phuthego succeeds in Mount Elbrus expedition

 Maun adventurer, Mr Simon Phuthego, has successfully hoisted Botswana flag at the peak of Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, located in Southern Russia. 

Mr Phuthego started his voyage on August 2, 2018 in Russia and took five days to complete this unnerving expedition. 

In an interview with BOPA shortly after his triumph, Mr Phuthego could not hide his excitement, explaining that the feeling of floating the Botswana flag with other international hikers at the peak of one of the highest mountain in Europe was amazing. 

He praised Russia for according him a warm welcome, which in turn motivated him to endure the tough journey to the top of Mount Elbrus. 

In 2014, the adventurous Motswana ascended Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa. 

Mr Phuthego revealed that his dream of climbing seven highest mountains in the world was slowly but surely becoming a reality as he has already done two and is left with five. 

He also explained that Mount Elbrus was more challenging than Kilimanjaro as the terrain was all ice and very steep. 

Further, he said temperatures could be as low as below 15 degrees celsius with winds blowing at a speed of 40km/h, making his way to the summit even harsher. 

He nonetheless gave credit to the team that helped him at the summit. 

He advised people to follow their dreams regardless of challenges as every reality starts with a dream. 

Mr Phuthego also stated that upon his arrival from Russia, he would tour different schools in the North West District teaching students about mountaineering. 

He expressed the hope that this would inspire them to believe that they could do anything if they believed in themselves. 

“I will go around the district to motivate people to follow their dreams and I will start with my former schools which are Botswelelo Primary school, Moeti Junior Secondary School and Maun Senior Secondary school, he said 

Mr Phuthego said as a patriotic citizen, this expedition was a way of marketing Botswana in other countries, adding that his story could inspire any Motswana to do the same. 

He said that at the moment, he has not finalised which mountain to climb next. “I will think about that when I get back home but I have few ideas in my mind,” he concluded. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Solomon Tjinyeka

Location : MAUN

Event : Interview

Date : Aug 12 Sun,2018

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