She’d never climbed a mountain before but was determined to do it for a special cause

She’d never climbed a mountain before but was determined to do it for a special cause
Boston Globe
The day she reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ashley Cogswell broke down and cried.

The New Englander had never climbed a mountain before. She’d never hiked or camped before. She wasn’t particularly athletic. Her training consisted of walking for hours around her hometown of Beverly and spinning classes. Yet there she stood, at the top of the highest mountain in Africa. Her guide tapped her on the shoulder.

“Sister, you made it,” he said.

In a year, the Cogswell, 34, not only summited Kilimanjaro in Tanzania but ascended to the base camp of Mount Everest. …

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