Cop off to conquer world first
Mike Boston is either incredibly smart and fit or incredibly stupid – either way he is about to embark on a life-threatening, world-first mountain climb.
The Matamata policeman is less than one month back from climbing the Aconcagua sea to summit, a 6962m monster that had him retching, freezing and near exhaustion, and he is already preparing for another even ‘‘more dangerous’’.
Boston is helping friend Dave Williams become the first person to climb the highest mountain in each continent from the nearest feasible coastline, and all passionately in the name of men’s mental health.
Williams lost two friends to suicide and the fire that stirred inside him afterwards has already taken him to top of four summits Auckland school teacher Dave Williams has set out to be the first person to climb the highest mountain in each continent from the nearest feasible coastline: 1. 2228m Kosciuszko, Australia 2. 4897m Vinson Massif,
and Boston one.
‘‘[Dave] says they battle their own mountain so he calls it battling his own mountain, literally.’’
Boston said he very nearly gave in during his 12 day trek in Argentina yet Denali in Alaska, a trek that includes traipsing across a never-before-walked glacier, will be a whole new level of dangerous.
When he arrived in Aconcagua Park on January 8 he couldn’t Antarctica 3. 5633m Elbrus, Russia 4. 5895m, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 5. 6194m, Denali, Alaska 6. 6962m, Aconcagua, Argentina
7. 8850m, Mt Everest, Nepal
believe what he had signed up for.
‘‘I looked up at Aconcagua and honestly my brain was unable to process how it would be possible to climb to the top.’’
He has been shot at and fended off sharks, but the highest mountain Boston had climbed before Aconcagua was Mount Tongariro.
So adjusting to the altitude was huge.
‘‘I was stumbling around like a drunk . . . I was honestly and literally tasting blood in my mouth through my cheeks. I wobbled and went to fall over but Dave grabbed me and held me up. We were at 5600 meters and this was no joke.’’
In his blog, Boston said there were hard calls to make as they neared the summit.
‘‘[I didn’t want to be]the reason these two don’t summit. I had to be all in for this or retreat now."At just 200 metres to go they joined a group that were about to throw in the towel.
‘‘Everyone was shattered, a couple were turning back. ‘Come on’ [Dave] said.. ‘‘It’s only a couple more hours!, three tops!’’
And they all stumbled their way to the top.
‘‘[Dave] was welling up with tears and that was it, we both lost it. We climbed up on top all three of us together.’’
The former gymnast, who wasted away to just 64kg, leaves for Mt Denali next month.