Brit becomes first person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro carrying a 30kg FRIDGE | World | News


A British lorry driver has become the “first person in history” to climb Mount Kilimanjaro while carrying a FRIDGE.

Michael Copeland scaled the 19,340ft dormant volcano with a 30kg kitchen appliance strapped to his back.

The 39-year-old HGV driver and former Army fitness instructor completed the gruelling challenge to raise awareness about mental health.

Video shows Michael, from Stafford, reaching the summit of Africa‘s tallest mountain on March 25 after an exhausting seven-day hike.

On reaching the iconic Uhuru Peak sign, Michael told his cheering supporters: “Day seven and I am the first man in history to climb Kilimanjaro whilst carrying a fridge to represent the burden of poor mental health.”

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Michael added: “My message is you’re not weak if you speak up about mental health.

“I chose Kilimanjaro because it’s one of the highest mountains which can be climbed without ropes or other equipment.

“The competitive spirit I got from the Army has never left me.

“I’ve been the fridge man for two years, but I’ve always used physical challenges to overcome my own insecurities.

“When I get in nature and when I exercise it makes me feel good.”


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