Adagold Aviation founder and well-travelled chairman, Mark Clark set himself an arduous task to prove to both himself and his teammates that he was fit and capable to take on the mighty 5000-meter Kilimanjaro mountain.
Mark was asked to join a fundraising expedition for Lymphoma Leukemia Research in the root of Africa. The goal was to reach the top of Mt Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of and money for the foundation that aims to find a cure for the cancerous disease of Leukemia.
The infamous 5600-meter African mountain requires mental and physical preparation. The relentless trek upwards plays havoc on knees, the altitude makes breathing a chore and the mind requires great strength to push through.
While looking up at the size of Africa’s largest mountain, all Mark could think was how crazy he was to even attempt the climb. His biggest fear? The fear of failing! The desire of overcoming fear drives so many to take on the physical challenge. Mark’s mental strength is what helped him persevere to break down the barriers and make it to the top.
Over many long nights, Mark experienced comforts to forego, discomforts to bare, and the odd humorous moment here and there.
“The night my mattress collapsed, and I was sleeping in a tiny tent, rocks digging into my back I had the slow realisation that I was unable to roll over to re-inflate it for fear of giving my tent buddy the wrong idea,” Mark said.
After days of endless climbing, with a mixture of personal effort, group inspiration, and direct support from the incredible guides, there was the exhilaration of success when reaching the summit. The cold beers and long shower at the end of the adventure were indeed, well deserved.
“For me, it was like a spiritual moment and an awareness that you can do almost anything you set your mind to … uplifting and quite unbelievable.,” Mark said.
After conquering the expedition, Mark’s message is that getting out of your comfort zone, testing yourself, and striving is all critical of personal success. After his long successful career in Aviation, it is inspirational to see the Adagold Aviation founder still has the drive that initially created his success.
“The greatest views follow the hardest hike, and the best is yet to come,” Mark said.
The Kilimanjaro climb represented a watershed in the history of Adagold with so many new opportunities unfolding in front of them. It is almost like the entire Adagold team climbed the mountain and are now poised to accelerate into a whole new and exciting global territory. Just like Mark’s climb, the enormous effort made by the Adagold team in the building of this business over the last 27 years has now created their successful future.