Monday 15 October 2018

’Emotional and overwhelming’: Mandy Moore writes account of her 'nervous' Kilimanjaro climb

The actress hiked the mountain with her fiance Taylor Goldsmith

Mandy Moore (Aurore Marechal/PA)
Mandy Moore (Aurore Marechal/PA)

Laura Harding

This Is Us star Mandy Moore has said it was “emotional and overwhelming” to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The actress posted a series of photographs from the climb on Instagram as she shared details of the conditions of the hike with her fiance Taylor Goldsmith.

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On the night of our ascent to the summit, we woke up at 11pm (after a few hours of napping) to enjoy a couple of nervous minutes together with a cup of coffee before it was time to gear up in my our warmest layers and start the nearly 8 hour trek to highest point in Africa- 19,341 ft. In total darkness, we took it pole pole (slow slow) and trudged through rain, sleet and snow, where seemingly everything on our person managed to freeze (water bottles, backpacks, our eyelashes, hair, fingers, toes, etc...) Oddly, I’ve never felt more determined to tackle such a physical challenge before and yet the combined elements of exhaustion and extremely cold weather made it much trickier than any of us were prepared for. All of that aside, ultimately reaching the threshold of the true summit was more emotional and overwhelming than I had thought possible. Kilimanjaro demands a lot from those who traverse her trails. You have no choice but to show up. And we did. There’s nothing more empowering than realizing that we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for. #whyihike #liveyouradventure #sponsored

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She said: “On the night of our ascent to the summit, we woke up at 11pm (after a few hours of napping) to enjoy a couple of nervous minutes together with a cup of coffee before it was time to gear up in my our warmest layers and start the nearly 8 hour trek to highest point in Africa- 19,341 ft.

“In total darkness, we took it pole pole (slow slow) and trudged through rain, sleet and snow, where seemingly everything on our person managed to freeze (water bottles, backpacks, our eyelashes, hair, fingers, toes, etc…)

“Oddly, I’ve never felt more determined to tackle such a physical challenge before and yet the combined elements of exhaustion and extremely cold weather made it much trickier than any of us were prepared for.

“All of that aside, ultimately reaching the threshold of the true summit was more emotional and overwhelming than I had thought possible.

“Kilimanjaro demands a lot from those who traverse her trails. You have no choice but to show up. And we did.

“There’s nothing more empowering than realizing that we are all capable of so much more than we give ourselves credit for.”

The actress previously said she has dreamed of climbing the mountain since she was 18 and listed it as “#1 on my bucket list”.

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