MT. LAUREL, NJ - Automotive Resources International (ARI), a global fleet solutions provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, announced the successful ascent to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro by its district manager, Gregory Wallingford.
Wallingford's group of eight climbers chose the Umbwe Route to the summit, which is widely regarded as the hardest trail because of its difficult vertical path through the jungle. Many feel that this route offers the most dramatic views to be seen on the mountain aside from the summit itself, the highest point in Africa at 5,895 meters (19,340 ft). The group completed their trip in six days on the move for seven to eight hours a day through terrains that ranged from tropical rainforest to Arctic tundra.
"It was exhilarating and reinforced my belief in hard work, getting out of your comfort zone and dedication," commented Wallingford. "The scenery was phenomenal but it took every ounce of my energy to get there. My personal journey in life continues, and I would like to impart these words, 'Never stop exploring!'"
Wallingford trained intensely for six months in preparation for this trip.
ARI, a subsidiary of Holman Enterprises, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J., is the largest privately-held fleet leasing and management company in the world. As a single-source fleet management leader, ARI customizes innovative solutions that streamline fleet operations, help lower the cost of fleet ownership and create long-term value for customers. Today, with a workforce numbering more than 1,400 and offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Europe, the company manages more than 2,000 outsourced fleets (over 650,000 autos and trucks) in North America and, combined with its strategic partners, more than 1.5 million fleet vehicles globally.