The .africa summit team will embark on a two week long trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in January 2018. Summiting the highest peak on the continent signifies the great heights that Africans have climbed to get to the delegation and the launch of one domain name for the entire African continent.
Domain the unDomained
The cause that the .africa summit team supports is Domaining the unDomained which is close to the heart of the .africa Foundation, a non-profit organisation tasked to improve the ICT Industry in Africa.
The objectives of the climb:
- To create awareness about the .africa domain name. “One domain name for the entire African continent”
- To develop Africa based internet service providers and to enable them to provision .africa domain names
- To increase the number of .africa domain name registrations by Africans
- To encourage Africans to take pride and ownership of the domain name
.africa Mt. Kilimanjaro Summit Leader
Deshun Deysel is a leading female mountaineers with a 15 year career as a high altitude mountaineer. She has been on 14 major expeditions in five continents.
In 1996 she made history by being part of the first group of South Africans to plant the new democratic flag on the top of Mt. Everest. As a novice climber Deshun was only able to reach Camp 2 at 6,500 metres (21,325 feet) that year, but subsequently returned to Everest in 2003. Bad weather, however, thwarted that attempt as Deshun made her way to the summit. Again she had to turn back – this time a mere 500 metres from the top (8,848 metres, 29,028 feet).
Deshun has been an active promoter of high altitude climbing among women in Africa, where the sport is not widely known. She has had to fight stereotypes as an African female mountaineer in order to accomplish her high altitude dreams. Although her dream to reach the top of Mt. Everest has not yet being realised, her climbing exploits have inspired hundreds of Africans to see high altitude mountaineering as a reachable goal.
Deshun has led groups to Mt. Everest Base Camp, including Olympic decathlon legend and Laureus World Sports Academy member Daley Thompson, as well as three groups to Mt. Kilimanjaro. She has also successfully climbed Mount Meru (Tanzania), Mount Kenya (Kenya), Mount Elbrus (Russia), Mount Kala Pathar (Nepal) and Mt. Blanc (France).