Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

31 May 2012

Tanzania: Joy as Tanzanian Who Conquered Mount Everest Jets Back

Moshi — The name of a Tanzanian, Wilfred Moshi (33) is set to be in the Book of Records after becoming the first climber from the country to conquer Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.

He reached the summit of the mountain on May 19 this year. The plane carrying the hero touched down at Kilimanjaro International Airport at 12.30 p.m. and the several individuals who attended the welcoming party led by the Kilimanjaro Regional Natural Resources and Tourism Officer, Isaria Massamu burst into tears of joy after getting a glimpse of their hero.

Talking to the press, Moshi, who was flanked by his wife, Agnes, said the expedition was hard but challenging as he was required to have oxygen cylinder to upkeep breathing at such high altitude, adding that he had to acclimatize with walking on the ice along long trails as he sauntered way up the roof of the world.

"It was an arduous expedition, for sure," he quipped, arguing youths to expose themselves to such feats as where there is a will there is a way.

He said after reaching the peak of Mount Everest, he shed tears for achieving his dreams, adding that prior to scaling the Asian mountain he had hit the top of Mount Kilimanjaro more than 80 times.

The hero was received by the Acting Regional Administrative Secretary, Ruth Malisa at the Heroes' Ground in Moshi, where she officiated at exhibition to mark the National Milk Drinking Promotion campaign and he was presented with a crate of fresh milk to maintain his health status.

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