PAIGE HUDSON, FORMER TEACHER AT SHALIMAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RECENTLY SUMMITED AFRICA'S HIGHEST PEAK, MT. KILIMANJARO IN TANZANIA.
Guides,porters, other hikers all wanted to know if the 52-year-old former elementary school teacher had finally made it to the top on her third try.
“It was so funny,”Hudsonsaid Monday afternoon, only days after returning fromTanzania. “I know I was there three times, but I don’t like to count the second because I was sick when I got there.”
Hudson first tackled themountainlastDecember, but stopped just shy of the top. In June, she flew overseas again with the intent to reach the highest peak, but three days in, strep throat and a sinus infection forced her to turn back.
On Oct. 3, she started again and told her guide, Simon, only one of two outcomes could play out this time: death or success.
During the eight-day adventure, Hudson thought about turning about back – even asked about it – but Simon made good on his promise.