MD scales new heights with family members

Bent Henriksen, in red, with granddaughter Celina, far left, son Rasmus, far right, and two local guides during the Mount Kilimanjaro climb.
Bent Henriksen, in red, with granddaughter Celina, far left, son Rasmus, far right, and two local guides during the Mount Kilimanjaro climb.
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A company boss continued his mountain-climbing success after reaching the highest peak in Africa.

And it was a family occasion at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as 76-year-old Bent Henriksen was joined by son Rasmus and granddaughter Celina.

The expedition to the summit – 5,895metres above sea level – was done to raise awareness for Pharma Nord Q10 and energy and raise money for The Newman Trust, which provides activity holidays for children with disabilities and special needs.

To help boost funds, the group’s main guide (world record holder and endurance athlete Noel Hanna) and Rasmus then did an Ice Bucket Challenge.

Bent, managing director of Pharma Nord UK, has now climbed five mountains in five years.

“It was a fantastic experience and it was great to have members of my family with me,” he said. “We had very good conditions and the guides were excellent. Unfortunately, the youngest granddaughter, who is 14, got altitude sickness on the way up and one of my sons (Troels) had to go back down with her.

“But the rest of us made it to the top, which is good considering 30 to 40 per cent of people don’t make it. We reached the summit just after the sun came up and the views were spectacular and it was Celina’s 19th birthday so we had a little celebration when we got back to camp.

“On this day we walked for 16 hours in total. It was tough, but we’ve climbed big mountains before so we went at the right pace to cover the necessary ground without getting sick.”

The Mitford resident’s toughest climb so far was Mount Elbrus in Russia as temperatures during the expedition dropped as low as -20 degrees centigrade.

He added: “Every time I come home, I say I’m not doing another climb, so I may well end up doing another one or two more.”