Nicole Capper

Survivor Star, Nicole Capper Climbing for a Cause

Survivor SA Island of Secrets participant, Nicole Capper has a number of titles to her name, with one being Mrs South Africa 2018.
To name a few of her already defined titles, Nicole is a Functional Medicine pharmacist, businesswomen, model, speaker, presenter, ambassador for Rare Diseases SA and an advocate for women’s rights, but the title she holds closest to her heart would be, mom.

The Climb

She’s conquered many climbs and even tried her luck with the ever so famous Mount Everest 2018. According to the local Cape Town Etc, Nicole had to be airlifted off Mount Everest in April 2018, after falling ill with altitude sickness. She was planning on summiting two nearby peaks at slightly higher altitudes after reaching Base Camp but had to be emergency airlifted off the mountain, according to her fellow climber Sarel Nong.

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EVEREST BASE CAMP We DID IT!!!!!! As a team. Yesterday we completed the trek to Everest Base Camp. 5364m. It was a dream come true, and I stood there with a team of trekking warriors beside me, and a team of #RareWarriors in my heart. Thank you for being part of this journey. And for being part of my team. You all make me brave. Thank you to each and every kind soul who donated towards making @rarediseasessa patients’ lives better. You are phenomenal ❤️??? Thank you to my generous sponsors for getting me to #RareHeights: @mandy.peacock @brayfoil #BodyRevivalInstitute . . . #everestbasecamptrek #everestbasecamp We made it to base camp on the day of #winniemandela’s memorial, and so we remembered the mother of our nation.

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Shortly after her Everest health scare, she reached Africa’s highest mountain peak, Kilimanjaro, as part of the #Trek4Mandela team to raise funds for the Caring 4 Girls charity on Women’s Day 2018.

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SUMMIT ⛰ 5895m. 36 hours with 40 mins sleep. Wind chill of -17°c, 60km/hr winds. The toughest conditions @trek4mandela has seen in its history. Half way between Stella point and the summit at Uhuru I made the toughest call of my life. With the highest point in Africa in my sights I turned back. The gale force gusts were picking me up off my feet on the top of the ridge, and I was endangering the life of my guide and myself. I told him that sometimes the greatest achievements are disguised as defeats. We wept together. At that point we had no idea that crampons were on the way to us – these metal spikes were strapped to our shoes and enabled us to grip to the icy ridge. With very little strength left I decided to give it all I had. I pushed. Harder than i ever have. And with our heads down we fought the winds to the ultimate summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. This was a climb on #WomensDay for all women, because we all climb mountains, some far greater than the physical one I faced. Like the #GirlChild who fights for access to sanitary pads, an education, and a future. So proud & honoured to be part of this year's #Trek4Mandela vision & their #Executiveclimb in association with @samsungsa & @nelsonmandelafoundationsa. The team was a collection of beautiful souls – world changers. #GameChangers. More pics to follow all through women's month of this epic adventure for a purpose. #RareHeights Thank you to my incredible support for getting me to the top. Firstly to my guide and mentor @sibusiso.vilane. Then to my tribe – friends & family who support my dreams without question. My children who believe in what I do, and mostly believe they can reach #RareHeights too, because mommy is brave. They are my reason. My sponsors who never say no, & lift me onto their shoulders: Tontrac, Barberry, Cintron, RSS Security, TRSS reaction, Gemelli, Body Revival, @spotafrica, ATNT. And finally to my @tammytaylornailssouthafrica @mrs_south_africa 2017 sisters who inspired my climb. I carried all your stories and climbs up with me, because I have learnt so much from watching you all summit your own mountains. Thank you for the lessons & love. Bookings: @irene__louise @music__profile

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Capper remained unstoppable as she tackled the gruelling Rhino Peak Challenge on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2018. According to South Africa’s largest running magazine, Modern Athlete Nicole pushed on through sleet, hail, gusting winds, rain and freezing temperatures to summit the iconic Rhino Peak. The report also stated that Capper returned to the start 81 minutes under her goal time of eight hours, and thus she helped raise over R350 000 for various conservation projects to protect endangered species around South Africa. And this is just mentioning a few of her great summits

The Cause

Nicole Capper is a Rare Activist and the founder of Rare Heights. She uses her fitness to raise funds and awareness for those without full health, by participating in sporting events and outdoor adventures all over the world.

“I want to be a figurative ‘breath of life’ for those who struggle every day with rare diseases.”  – Nicole Capper

Capper’s mission to climb was inspired and motivated by her daughter Tatum’s illness (cystic fibrosis), and intended to raise funds for Rare Diseases SA. According to Rare Diseases South Africa, Uprising is one of the projects undertaken by Nicole as part of the #RareHeights initiative which aims to motivate people to step beyond their comfort zone and achieve greatness. Check out the video she’s created to raise some awareness.
“I want to climb every step for those who can’t, take every breath for those who can’t, and experience the outdoors like some can only dream of.” – Nicole Capper 
Nicole Capper

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Nicole will soon head off on a mission to summit the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc. Capper and her fellow Uprising team members and #UPRISING founders William Butler and Sibusiso Vilane will attempt to summit Mont Blanc to create awareness of life-limiting diseases.

If you would like to show your support for Nicole and aid her in making a significant difference to the lives of those impacted by rare and dread diseases, then make sure to click here.

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