By Wayne Cousins
Fred Lyon is a man who doesn’t stay idle for long.
Whether it be leading one of Western Australia’s largest rural merchandise groups in FarmWorks or
climbing mountains for fun and fitness, Fred is an active man.
Fred – General Manager of FarmWorks and The Farm Shop – may be back in his daytime position
for now but he does so with fond memories of his most recent ‘conquest’ in Tanzania, a trek that
saw him climb Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa.
Mount Kilimanjaro, with its three volcanic cones, Kobo, Makenzie and Shire, is a dormant volcanic
mountain. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres or 19,341 feet
above sea level.
Joined by wife Sandy and good friends, Roger and Vanessa Manley, and Peter and Dixie Burgess,
the group took six days to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Once there, Fred wasted little
time in promoting the CRT brand by placing a sticker on the world heritage mountain. It took a
further two days to climb back down.
“The inspiration for the trip to Africa came after trekking the Annapurna’s in Nepal three years
ago,’’ Fred said. “On day six, we started for the Summit from our base camp at 4600m at 11pm. It
took nine hours to reach the peak. It was breathtaking. We descended back to our base camp by
“We then had to move lower to 4000m which took us till 5pm, making it a very big and long
18 hour day. “Everyone was affected by altitude sickness in some way. Our biggest issue on the
Summit was hydration as our water kept freezing.”
In between the climb, Fred got the rare chance of seeing a game of cricket being played in the
most unlikely places – a crater.
“We travelled the same route as the two English cricket teams. They broke the world record for the
highest game of cricket ever played,’’ he said.
“Former England bowler Ashley Giles and South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini played in the Twenty20
game. The match was stopped after 10 overs each due to poor cloud coverage.
“Looking back, I had an amazing time in Tanzania.”
One can only think to what extreme Fred Lyon’s next big adventure will be!