Oct. 14, 2014
Keith O. Tenbusch (BS Mech Egr ’08 and Honors College '08) was on a team of 12 BP engineers who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, from June 12-22, 2014. The team trekked to 5895m over six days and raised more than £53,000 in support of the charity organization, RedR. Mount Kilimanjaro is in the East African country of Tanzania.
“I had the opportunity to take part in an amazing adventure, summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with other engineers from all over the world in support of RedR,” Tenbusch explained. “To make things better I remembered to wear my green and white on Summit Night and was able to display our colors in front of the sign at the 19,340-foot peak.”
BP’s team of engineers included John Baxter – honorary vice president of RedR and BP’s group head of engineering, his wife, Margaret, Andy Booth, Rik Singh-Thomas and Kevin Westwood, all based in England. Tim Capper and Richard Stacey joined from Aberdeen. Sagnik Mukherjee represented BP’s operations in Shetland. The U.S. contingent was made up of Tenbusch, Andy Hill, Elyse Landry, and Ben Tse Kek, while Vaqar Ali, working for BP in Azerbajian, completed the line up.
Katie Grey, RedR’s corporate relations manager, represented the charity on the trek, which was supported by a leader and doctor from the United Kingdom, as well as a 40-strong local crew. “The challenge was incredible tough, and I was so impressed with the BP team’s determination to reach their target – both in fundraising and trekking,” Grey said. “The money they’ve raised will help RedR to build capacity among aid workers in disaster vulnerable countries. I’m sure the friendships formed on the mountain will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to all the trekkers for taking part and supporting RedR.”
Tenbusch is a project engineer for BP, based in Crown Point, Ind.