Legacy Footprint
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There are not too many things in this life that scare The MaD CA but NOT leaving a legacy footprint does. In 2010, God gave Lloyd an enormous smack on the side of the head and told him to ‘wake up’. Lloyd is extremely stubborn by nature and a light tap from God would have caused him to sit up and take note but soon thereafter he would have reverted back into his old ways and habits. That is why God needed to make drastic changes in the life of Lloyd which would enable him to open his eyes and to change his life for the better.

Lloyd is a firm believer that we are all on this planet for such a short period of time, that we all have to make a difference and leave a legacy footprint which shows that we were here and that we had an impact. We all need to be significant in our own way.

They say that life begins at 40 but for Lloyd this is a fact. Lloyd has been reborn and he celebrated Christmas, his 40th Birthday and New Year on Mt Aconcagua in Argentina. It was important that Lloyd summit this mountain as his ‘portfolio’ of achievements was looking a little thin without this accomplishment.

One can leave a legacy in many ways - through your children, a business, a Foundation etc. Lloyd is embarking on a journey to leave a legacy footprint. Although he does not know where this will take him or how it will end, his plan is to undertake various expeditions over the next few years and to raise money for The MaD CA Foundation which will benefit numerous charities and good causes.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Lloyd loves Africa. It is his home. He always dreamed of standing on the roof of Africa at Uhuru Peak. This dream became a reality in October 2001. Lloyd commented after summiting Kili that this was the toughest physical challenge of his life and that he would never attempt to summit a mountain like this again.

Polar Shakedown Training – Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Norway

Lloyd attended the polar shakedown training in April 2010. The training attempts to simulate the conditions that one should expect on a polar expedition and familiarises you with the day to day life of pulling a pulk, sleeping in tents in minus 20 degrees Celsius, eating certain foods and using the ‘bathroom’ outdoors.

The training only lasts 3 days and 2 nights but it does give you great insight as to whether or not you will be able to last 60 days pulling a pulk in the Antarctic.

Mount Aconcagua

Lloyd had heard that Mt Aconcagua was an extremely tough mountain to climb. Lloyd had wanted to do something different for his 40th birthday so he decided to sign up for the challenge. The thought of spending Christmas, his 40th birthday and New Year in Argentina on the highest peak in the world outside of the Himalayas/Karakoram regions was very appealing and the memory of the toughness of Kili had faded.

Aconcagua is very close to Lloyd’s heart. He describes it as a brutal mountain but God was guiding him on his quest and the fact that he summitted was purely God’s will in his opinion.

Mount Denali

Lloyd summitted Mount Denali in Alaska on 17 June 2011. Mt Denali is one of the coldest mountains on the planet, reaching minus 40 degrees Celsius at its summit. Lloyd therefore managed to get exposure to cold conditions similar to that which he will experience in Antarctica and to summit his 3rd of the 7 summits.

 

Mount Elbrus

Lloyd summitted Mount Elbrus in Russia on 21 June 2012. Russia is an awesome place and the mountain proved to be a lot tougher than expected. Lloyd refused to hitch a ride on the snowcat with the  rest of the group on summit day and started the climb from the Barrels. This meant that he had to get up a little earlier and forced a poor guide to do the same. This was number 4 of the 7 summits.

Carstensz Pyramid

Lloyd summitted Carstensz Pyramid in Papua, Indonesia on 21 November 2013. This was by far the toughest physical challenge of Lloyd's life. The traverse, rain and jagged rocks made the summit attempt interesting but the 6 day trek through the Jungle just to get to base camp and the 4 day trek back to Sugapa can only be described as a killer. I am extremely proud of this achievement as it was really tough.

Mount Vinson Massif

Lloyd summitted Mount Vinson Massif in Antarctica on 22 December 2014. It felt surreal to stand on this remote continent. I really felt that I was on a movie set. My dream to visit Antarctica was realised and number 6 of the 7 summits was achieved. I called my wife to be from the summit via satellite phone to ask her to marry me and when she said yes I was truly on a high.

Mount Everest

If all goes well this will be the last of the 7 summits. The expedition starts on 7 April 2017 and we expect to summit around mid-May.

Mount Cho Oyu

I have become intrigued with this mountain being the 6th highest in the world and it is one for the bucket list.

Mount K2

I would love to see this mountain but I have no intention of climbing it. I have fear and respect for the mountains but this mountain makes me uneasy. No South African has ever summitted this mountain for a reason.

North Pole Expedition

The Poles are my next focus area after the 7 summits. I have had a lifelong interest in the South Pole but I would love to explore the polar ice cap.

Circumnavigation of Greenland

I met someone in Svalbard who had circumnagivated Greenland and I immediately became hooked on the idea of doing this some day. To circumnavigate this island by means of skiing, dog sledding and kayaking would no doubt be an adventure of a lifetime.