The first person from Northern Ireland to successfully scale K2 – the second highest mountain in the world – has been supported in his quest by Pharma Nord.
The company, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, supplied its supplements to help Noel Hanna scale such heights. The company also provided sponsorship for Noel, from County Down, to help him successfully complete the six-week trek to the 8,611m-high (28,251 ft) summit in the Himalayas.
Pharma Nord has helped the 51-year-old on a series of successful climbs across the globe over the past nine years, including the world’s highest mountain, Everest, which Noel has summited no less than eight times.
Noel commented: “It has been the hardest climb I’ve done, no question. K2 is a lot steeper and a lot more technical than Everest, with more rocks and ice to contend with. The traverse on K2 is very dangerous and the bottleneck section which you reach after camp four over 8,000m up is probably the most dangerous part.”
Whilst in training, Noel took a range of Pharma Nord supplements, including Bio-Quinone Q10, Bio-Pycnogenol, Bio-Fish Oil, Bio-Multi Vitamins and Bio-Biloba. He also took supplies of Bio-Quinone Q10 and Bio-Biloba along with him to take throughout the six-week trek to and from the peak of K2.
“I take the supplements every day and whenever I am climbing, on every expedition, I always take Bio-Quinone Q10 to help with muscle recovery and energy and Bio-Biloba to help with circulation,” he added.
Bent Henriksen, Managing Director of Pharma Nord UK, has previously accompanied Noel on successful climbs of one of Europe’s highest peaks, Mont Blanc, and Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania – both completed when Bent was in his 70s. He added: “It is really rewarding for us as a company to know that the work which we do in producing high quality, pharmaceutical standard supplements is helping people achieve the amazing, in whatever field or stage of life they are in.”