Re­tiree takes on triple peak chal­lenge

North Harbour News - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - KASHKA TUNSTALL

‘‘[When] one can part with­out fear ... if one can do that, it's a great moun­tain to climb.’’

A re­tired North Shore man is tak­ing on new heights in a bid to raise money for his local hospice.

Joachim Re­hbein, 73, has been train­ing for an up­com­ing ad­ven­ture in Nepal where he will sum­mit three peaks in the Hi­malayan moun­tains.

He is us­ing his train­ing and the trip as a fundraiser for Hospice North Shore.

Re­hbein, who lives in Birken­head be­gan, his train­ing with daily ses­sions at the Glen­field Pool and Leisure Cen­tre.

He of­ten started his work­outs at 5.30am, spend­ing hours on the equip­ment to sim­u­late his climb.

He de­cided to make the prepa­ra­tion a fundraiser af­ter be­com­ing in­spired by the hospice’s work through his wife’s in­volve­ment as a vol­un­teer, and watch­ing a friend take ad­van­tage of hospice end-of-life ser­vices.

In plan­ning a trip to Nepal for his sec­ond climb in the Hi­malayan re­gion, he said he saw a par­al­lel be­tween his jour­ney and the one ter­mi­nal pa­tients turn­ing to hospice were on.

‘‘I be­lieve it is the last moun­tain,’’ he said of death.

‘‘[When] one can part with­out fear ... if one can do that, it’s a great moun­tain to climb.’’

Re­hbein, who de­scribes him­self as an ‘‘oc­ca­sional’’ climber, be­gan dream­ing of the Hi­malayan peaks as a teenager in Ger­many.

An avid sports­man and skier, it wasn’t the chal­lenge of the climb that called to him but the chance to see the high­est peak in the world, Mt Ever­est, up close and in per­son.

He fi­nally man­aged to do so at the ripe old age of 67, when he went on his first trip to the re­gion, as­cend­ing to an el­e­va­tion of 5554 me­tres.

His next trip, which he em­barks on on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 13, has him tack­ling a much harder feat.

The route will take Re­hbein up Imja Tse, or Is­land Peak, which stands at 6189 me­tres.

Re­hbein has now climbed 111,000m on the gym’s equip­ment in prepa­ra­tion. He also took his train­ing to Mt Maun­ganui in early Oc­to­ber where he climbed the moun­tain four times each day.

He be­gins his as­cent on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

You can sup­port Re­hbein and fol­low his jour­ney by search­ing ‘Climb Your Own Moun­tain’ on ev­ery­day­hero.co.nz.

KASHKA TUNSTALL

Joachim Re­hbein, 73, sets the tread­mill to the max­i­mum in­cline to sim­u­late his up­com­ing Hi­malayan trek.

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