JASPER, Ind. (WEHT) – Jasper native Charlotte Olson will be busy next week as she makes the trek to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
The climb is expected to take nine days and is the first major climb Olson has attempted. She, along with a handful of other women, will make the climb to support a charity through Africa New Life, which raises money to feed under-privileged children in Africa. Olson herself has raised over $3,500 for the cause and hopes to raise even more before her climb next week.
“I not only want to climb for the children but also to prove to myself that I can outlive my excuses and keep walking forward no matter what,” said Olson. “The woman that’s going to start climbing, the woman that’s going to be climbing in the middle, and the woman at the top will be several different versions of myself, and I can’t wait to meet her.”
Olson also owns a dance studio, and she hopes her climb will encourage her students that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.
Mount Kilimanjaro stands 19,341 feet tall and is the tallest single, free-standing mountain in the world.
If you would like to support Olson’s cause, visit her fundraising page here.
(This story was originally published on January 21, 2020)