Ryan Wholey, CEO of TISS Ltd – the world’s leading fuel security specialists, has this month fulfilled his ambition to climb ‘Pico de Orizaba’ – the highest mountain in Mexico and third highest in North America.

After several months of dedicated training, Wholey conquered the 18,491ft peak on his first attempt, just shy of his 44th birthday, alongside the MD of TISS Ltd’ long term Mexican business partners. The pair set off from base camp at 1am and reached the summit in just under 9 hours, a reputable time for an amateur climber.

The successful businessman from Lancashire had to overcome altitude sickness and a challenging 3 hour final ascent up the Volcano’s glacier which has a 70 degree incline. The climb was all the more difficult due to extremely high winds and bone chilling temperatures of – 30°C. Wholey’s success is all the more impressive considering of all the climbing teams tackling the mountain during the week Wholey was in Mexico, only 10% made the summit.

Mr Wholey commented: “As physical challenges go, this was one of the biggest I’ve faced. I have always been fascinated with mountains and their imposing nature. To complete this climb on my first attempt was a fantastic feeling and has given me the confidence to tackle even greater heights. It was great to experience the climb alongside our Mexican Partner, which exemplifies TISS Ltd’ commitment to fostering strong business and personal relations with all of our international partners”.

Ryan’s ultimate goal is to achieve his lifelong ambition: to scale Mount Everest, which he intends to climb in 2018.