Herb rises to challenge

Herb Boltong, 69, plans to climb 4200m in Nepal this month.
Herb Boltong, 69, plans to climb 4200m in Nepal this month.

The 69-year-old has been waking at 5.30am each morning since January to train for his climb, walking more than 600km over the past three months to be in top shape for the trek.

‘I’ve done 150 hours of walking through Bells Rapids, Walyunga National Park, John Forrest National Park and through Baskerville,’ he said.

‘I’ve lost 6kg and have a new level of inner confidence and strength.’

Mr Boltong said he looked forward to conquering Annapurna, to show people anything is possible, even when you are living with diabetes.

Hearing that his younger brother was recently diagnosed with the condition further fuelled his determination.

And if climbing mountains was not enough, Mr Boltong has also signed on to support Diabetes WA in this year’s HBF Run for a Reason in May.

‘I attended a number of education sessions at Diabetes WA when I was first diagnosed and found it made a huge difference to adjusting to living with diabetes, so I would highly recommend sufferers take part,’ he said.

In June he also plans to go to Slovakia to climb the Tatra mountains, and the Dolamites in Italy.

‘Mentally, I feel there’s nothing that can stop me,’ Mr Boltong said.

To support Mr Boltong’s fundraising efforts for Diabetes WA, visit tinyurl.com/d2hc353