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Carstensz Pyramid Summiter

Dr. Andries ( Arno) Botha

Photo courtesy Natasha Botha

Botha, the Grimshaw doctor and the Peace Country’s pre-eminent adventure-seeker, has cycled the span of his native South Africa in intense heat and from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. in -25 degree temperatures.

Andries Botha summited Carstensz Pyramid on 17th November 2008, 08:35 Papua Time (GMT +9)

Beyond All Limits

Arno Botha has undertaken some of the world’s greatest endurance feats in support of humanitarian causes. A surgeon and sports doctor. Arno has raised funds for children with cancer, fitness and amateur sport, and awareness of healthy lifestyle. Born in 1952, in 1990 immigrated to Canada from South Africa. During the 1990’s he continued to act as doctor for South African teams in various international sporting events. He has received media attention for his exploits and obtained recognition in his home province by the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. In 2003, Arno received an Award of Distinction as a rural physician. His exploits have been celebrated on three continents.

Endurance Adventures

  • 2003 climbed Mount Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas at 6.962 meters (22.834 feet).
  • 2000 climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at 5.895 meters (19.340 feet).
  • 2000 bicycled the 818 kilometers (508 mile) Death valley endurance race.
  • July 14 to august 10, 1998 in an event called Extreme Challenge II, bicycled 7.000 kilometers (4.400 miles) from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland, in only 28 days to raise funds for fitness and to promote healthy lifestyles.
  • 1992 bicycled from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, unassisted in 34 days, knocking 4 days off the previous record.
  • 1991 bicycled 180 kilometers (113 miles) from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT across the frozen Arctic Ocean in -25° Celsius (-4° Fahrenheit) weather.
  • Numerous marathons in Africa and North America and other mountains climbed.

During April and May 2006 Dr. Botha was in Nepal on an expedition to climb Mount Everest.


Summiter Carstensz
SINCE 1998

Antonio Garcia
Albert Bosch
Alison Levine
Ana Czerwinska
Andries Botha
Angelo Sousa
Anna Lichota
Benyamin Mazin
Bernard Voyer
Cao Jun
Carsten Pedersen
Charles Mace
Chiang, Hsiu-Chen
Christina Robles
Constantin Lacatusu
Daniel Theuerkauf
Daren Lindgren
David Larson
Dean Staples
Denise Fetjek
Dirk Stephen
Erick Weihenmayer
Eun On So
Felix Eduardo Sanchez
Francisco Briongos
Francois Bernard
Francois Langlois
Gary Parker
Geoffrey Robb
George Atkinson
Giuseppe Pompili
Hans Florine
Harry Kikstra
Helme Suuk
Henrik Kristiansen
Hiroyuki Kuraoka
Hsieh Yin Shu
Ignacio Amando
Igor Prinzyuk
Inna Lai
Ishikawa Tomiyasu
Ivar Lai
J F Paulsen
Jaan Reimand
Jaime Viñals
Jamie Clarke
Jason Huang
Jeffrey Warden
Jin Fei Bao
Joby Ogwyn
Joe Wolfgruber
John Crellin
John Dodelande
Jonathan Atkinson
Jose Maria Alvarez
José Mijares
Junichi Shinozaki
Kees 't Hooft
Khalid Altayer
Khoo Swee Chiow
Krzysztof Gardyna
Leszek Cichy
Liang Kun
Lu Zhonglin
Magdalena Kowalska
Marck Gunlogson
Mario Trimeri
Mark Sedon
Martin Adams
Martin Isak
Mayk Schega
Meagan McGrath
Michal Rafal Kowalski
Mikel Alvarez
Namit Rawat
Nikhu Ram Choudhary
Nikki Hoffman
Nikolaus Mangitsis
Olof Eric Sundstorm
Patricio Crausaz
Paul Fetjek
Paul Niels
Pedro Ruiz
Philippe Gatta
Phillip Pearson
Ramesh Chandra-Triphathi
Ramon Diz
Rauno Pukonen
Rick Keller
Rishi Sagar
Rob Hart
Robert Creswell
Robert Gutrhie
Robert Hart
Robert Huygh
Robert Scull
Rupert Heider
Samantha Larson
Sharon Crawford
Soeren Smidt
Takenori Yoshida
Timothy Bird
Toivo Sarmet
Troy Aupperle
Victor Saunders
Vlado Haluska
Wang Shi
Wim Smets
Wu Yu Lung
Yi Sung In
Young Mi Kim
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