STEPSsister Cheryl Howard: Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains for STEPS
I am 49 years old, married to David for the best part of 23 years and have three wonderful children, Bayley 16, Hayden 15 and Madison nearly 12. I am a chartered accountant specialising in taxation and fiduciary related matters. I started my own business 13 years ago, a family office serving high net worth individuals with a team of ten dedicated and loyal staff.
Climbing mountains has been a natural evolution from my love of the outdoors spending time camping in the Drakensberg as a kid and now with my kids, paddling the Orange River or camping on the roof of a Landy in the middle of the Kalahari.
Mount Elbrus, which Cheryl climbed last year, is the second peak, after Kilimanjaro, of a dream to climb the seven summits and to one day stand on top of the world – Mount Everest.
The Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon”, are believed to be the ones described by second century AD Geographer, Ptolemy, to be the source of the Nile.
The range is approximately 100km long and 50km wide, the highest point being Margherita Peak (the one Cheryl plans to summit in June), which stands at 5 111 metres.