Bay friends tackle Everest together

IF there is one thing two Nelson Mandela Bay friends have known since they were little, it is that they want to live their lives out of the ordinary.

That wish came true when Gladwyn Jackson, 54, and Tyrone Baatjies, 52, of Schauderville, made history as the first from their neighbourhood to take on the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest.

Although their friends and family thought they were crazy, conquering Africa’s highest peak Kilimanjaro two years ago inspired them to gear up for the next challenge.

Jackson, still tired after the 22-day hike up Everest to Island’s Peak last month, said the best thing he could have done was take his lifelong buddy on the trip. - Alvené du Plessis

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