Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mira Born to Climb to Great, Snowy Heights

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Mira Born to Climb to Great, Snowy Heights

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MIRA Grin spends her working days dealing with the woes of the welfare world in a Centrelink office on the Sunshine Coast. But, once a year, she stands on top of the world.

The amateur climber has set herself a goal of climbing the highest mountain summit of every continent, a dream she chips away at during her annual holidays.

She has climbed Mount Whitney, the United States' highest peak, conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania last year and has her sights set on Chile's Aconcagua summit, South America's highest point, this year.

Mira, 52, was born to climb.

The daughter of mountain-climbing parents, Mira, who was raised in Europe, became the youngest person to climb Bobotov Kuk, one of the highest peaks in Montenegro, when as a six-year-old she accompanied them on a climb.

By her late teens she had her own circle of climbing friends with whom she would hike and climb.

Hiking and climbing remained an interest even when she had her own family, although she did not get serious about it until her late 30s and 40s when her children were older.

"I've never really stopped," she said.

"I just have a love of the mountains.

"I love the sea, too. However, I have always loved climbing mountains.

"Basically, I love climbing. It's just a sense of achievement when you reach the top and the view opens up in front of you."

A disciplined Mira keeps in shape throughout the year with regular exercise, but picks up her activity levels in the lead-up to a climb to ensure she is physically and mentally ready.

"Probably a month before I go I start a bit more exercise, just to build up my strength and endurance," she said.

"But you can only do so much. It won't help with the altitude."

Mira's only difficulties on climbs have come with her enthusiasm for what she does. She once struck out on a climb in the Himalayas and found herself up to her head in snow. …

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