This 22-year-old can cross one off her bucket list: She scaled Mount Kilimanjaro

UH student can cross one of her bucket list: She scaled Mount Kilimanjaro

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Ashley Cobile loves hiking, outdoor adventures, and challenging herself.

In high school, she wrote out a list of big goals she wanted to achieve.

"My priority is to summit those seven peaks, the highest peaks of every continent of the world," she said.

Last July, with a guide and a team of porters, the Iolani graduate and University of Hawaii student climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to the summit of the highest mountain peak in Africa.

She said the view was breathtaking.

“To look down you feel so minuscule to everything. You feel very humbled. You feel very blessed,” she said.

On the 19,340-foot ascent, Cobile battled altitude sickness and fatigue.

"I always bee-lined it to my tent," she said. "I was so exhausted and it was freezing up there."

Cobile reached the summit in five days.

The trek was also a fundraiser for UNICEF USA. She raised more than $3,000 for its effort to stop human trafficking.

"What she did is just as important as the work that national and globally known athletes do," said UNICEF's Shanell Mosely.

“UNICEF is an organization as a whole that definitely embodies what it means to reach out,” Cobile said.

She said curiosity drives her. She began traveling right after high school and has been to 15 countries.

Online, as “The Wandering Coconut,” she documents her journey.

“It never stops,” she said. “If traveling stops, curiosity stops and I don’t think my curiosity is ever going to end.”

Cobile, 22, said Kilimanjaro taught her a life lesson.

“You think that you’ve arrived at that destination, but it’s just another link to another destination,” she said.

Cobile graduates from UH next month with a degree in political science, then it’s onto another adventure.

If you want to learn more about UNICEF USA and how to donate to its programs go to www.unicefusa.org.

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