When you embark on a Kilimanjaro trek, the last thing on your mind when you reach the top is whether or not your other half will pop the question – but that’s exactly what has just happened, which may well be the most romantic thing ever!
Expedition leader Russ Holland got down on one knee when he and his partner Kirsten Howton reached the summit after a seven-day climb to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the Coffs Coast Advocate reports.
Noting that the head guide had climbed the mountain for 20 years and never seen anyone propose at the top before, Mr Holland said: “Kirsten had a couple of days where she was quite unwell and I was starting to make a plan b in case she didn’t make it to the summit, but she came good at the right time and powered through. Luckily she said yes so we avoided an awkward walk back down the mountain.”
While the head guide may not have seen a proposal at the summit before, they’ve certainly happened in the past. In June 2014, Craig Hanley popped the question to Kirsten Hussey seconds after reaching the top, while that same year James Noyes proposed to Joanne Auton at the summit – so it certainly seems to be a popular way of asking someone to marry you.
That said, just be aware that you’re all going to be a bit tired once you get to the top so if you’re going for an extreme reaction from your other half, you may well be disappointed!