Retiree takes on triple peak challenge
‘‘[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.
Joachim Rehbein, 73, sets the treadmill to the maximum incline to simulate his upcoming Himalayan trek.