Friday, January 25, 2013

2013 Outward Bound Canada Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb Wraps Up

Well, our climb has ended and most of our team are now back in various part of Canada. Our team of 9 participants and 2 staff had a fabulous time and we would like to thank our family and friends for your support of our climb and of Outward Bound Canada. The team's fundraising effort raised about $53,000. We are hoping to get to our goal of $60,000 and so, if you would like to support us in reaching our "other summit" please click here to donate to the cause. All proceeds will go towards supporting Outward Bound Canada's core funded programs for Aboriginal young leaders, inner city youth, Veterans who have served in combat zones, and women survivors of violence.

Here are some photos from the mountain that we wanted to share with you:














Saturday, January 19, 2013

Outward Bound Canada 2013 Team on the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

2013 Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition on the Summit 

Our team of 11, 9 participants and 2 staff, have dispersed now - some have headed home back to Canada and the Canadian winter and others are in various parts of the African continent, on safari, on the beach and even some on gorilla trek in Rwanda. We have had a marvellous adventure together - accomplished goals, made new friends, built connections, and been refreshed mentally and spiritually. On our last day on the mountain, we had the opportunity to thank the Tanzanian team of porters and guides from Chagga Tours for their assistance and support on the mountain. We sang the song below to the tune of "Stand By Me":

When the night is cold, and the trail is long
And the mist, the blowing mist, obscures the view
No I won't be afraid, No I won't be afraid, 
Just as long as I can walk beside you

When the pack on my back weighs me down on the track
When the height, the mighty height, spins my head
No I won't give up then, No I won't give up then, 
Just as long as I can walk in your tread

Chorus: 

So Chagga Chagga, Stand by me
Whoa, Whoa stand by me
Help me climb Mount Kibo
And Stand by me

When I reach the summit high
Where the sun meets the sky
And there's no, no mountain to climb
I will thank Chagga Tours
Yes I will thank Chagga Tours
for your smiles, for your hearts, for this time

Chorus

Thank You all for your support of this climb, of our climbers, & of our Fundraising initiative that raised close to $60K for Outward Bound Canada's funded programs.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Celebrating at the Lodge

We are all back in Moshi, at the Kilemakyaro Lodge, safe and sound. Showered, clean and in our fancy clothes we are now celebrating our group successes with Tusker and Safari Beer, wine, candlelight and great food. Here's to a successful expedition and $60K raised for OBC programs!


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Monday, January 14, 2013

Summit climb successful

This morning at 7:20am, 9 of our group of 11 successfully summitted Mt. Kilimanjaro. unfortunately Harold left us at Karanga campsite due to AMS (altitude sickness) and Kelli only made it halfway to summit due to fatigue. We are all well, tired and looking forward to getting to lower altitudes. We will be back in Moshi tomorrow. Will send summit photo when I have more battery power on my blackberry. Thanks for the incredible support friends and family which helped us to get to the top and raise 60K for OBC programs.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Shira camp.jpg

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Karanga valley-camp 4

We had a good day travelling to camp 4 in the Karanga Valley, just a few hundred feet higher than our last night camp though we once again practiced "climbing high" during the day and then sleeping lower at night. We started the day with a sleep in (7:30am) and breakfast in the brilliant sunshine with Kilimanjaro in the background. Breakfast is usually toast, oatmeal, eggs of some kind and fruit. We then climbed the infamous Barranco Wall - a vertical wall probably 500ft high with lots of scrambling. It is lots of fun and our group did great. 3.5hrs later we were at our campsite where we had an awesome hot lunch consisting of banana fritters, zucchini soup, pasta and tuna sandwiches. The group is now resting, reading and just "chilling out". The key over the next 30hr lead up to our summit attempt is to eat, drink, rest when possible and keep healthy. Next post will be from our high camp at Barafu Hut at about 15600ft, 2000ft higher than we are now.

Lala Salama!
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Yoga on the mountain

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At Barranco Hut - camp 3

We had a long but good day today. 8 hrs of hiking and we ascended to 15000ft before going down to sleep at 13300ft. "Climb high/sleep low" is the key to success at altitude. We had some beautiful vistas and landscape today, lots of Senecio trees (Dr. Seuss trees) in the valley as descended. Great dinner of potatoes, chicken, sauce, soup and pineapple and chocolate for dessert. Tomorrow morning we tackle the Barranco wall which is a challenging but fun steep slope involving some 4th class climbing. Everyone feels pretty good - a little tired, a few minor headaches, but generally a strong team. Thanks for all of the words of support - keep them coming!

Lala Salama (good night in Swahili).
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

At Shira Camp - Camp 2

We had a great day today - 5.5 hrs of trekking with 2500 foot elevation gain. Today was beautiful hiking - flowers, the first Senecio trees which we will see a lot more of, caves, interesting rock formations and water pools. We started in brilliant sunshine and ended in rain (pretty typical for Kili). The trail was more challenging and required scrambling at times and even some 4th class climbing. Everyone is feeling good and the group stayed together well. We arrived at our campsite before 3PM which allowed us some good "chill out time" before dinner which consisted of soup and chapatis, pasta and meat sauce, mango and toblerone chocolate (thanks to my mother in law) for dessert. We are all now snuggled down in our warm sleeping bags, the starry night sky above and our Kilimanjaro mountain standing out against the night sky in all it's glory. Off to Barranco campsite and the Barranco wall tomorrow. We will achieve our highest elevation until the summit high camp tomorrow - 15000ft - but then descend down to 13500 ft to sleep. Hope all is well with friends and family.
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Everyone doing well

We are at Machame Hut campsite - 10,000 ft and it is a beautiful morning. We can see the summit of Kili in the distance. Sun is shining. Everyone slept well and we had a great breakfast of toast, porridge, eggs and fruit, coffee and tea. Today we travel 5kms and cover 2500ft of vertical. Doesn't sound like much but the trail is steep and the footing is more difficult. We end at Shira Camp at 12,500ft.

Hakuna Matata!
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Machame Gate

Jambo! We are at the Machame Gate - 6000ft, the start of our climb. We had a bit of a late start today but should be heading off soon. Had a delicious lunch of "chrisburgers" which is a traditional first day of kili lunch consisting of an interesting assortment of food - fries, muffin, bananas, sandwich and an egg. The group is all doing well and feeling fit and rested. Everyone in good spirits and excited to get going (and perhaps a bit apprehensive). We should be hiking for 6hrs today and will sleep tonight at 10000ft. Please send comments on the Blog - we loving hearing from you.

Hakuna Matata!
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

We arrived safely in Tanzania. This is a picture of our mountain "Kibo" or kilimanjaro from our hotel porch. Beautiful day today and 80degrees temperature. Today we will meet our local guides from Chagga tours, go for a short hike to acclimatize and pack up our gear for our departure tomorrow. Hope all of our friends and family are well - we are thinking of you!
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Breakfast in Africa!

We are all together finally. The entire group of 11 is finally all together here in Moshi, Tanzania at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Our group hails from Toronto area, Houston, Texas and Calgary. Weather is beautiful and the group is excited and healthy. Breakfast - eggs, pancakes, fruit and sausages....mmm good!
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Monday, January 7, 2013

Here we are, enjoying pastries and coffee in Amsterdam. Gotta love the carbo-loading!
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