Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Celebration Dinner!

Delicious food, stories and memories that we will remember for a lifetime. Incredible group of people. Simply outstanding! :)

Summit Photo!

All Back Together!

The group is all together again! :) Safely back at the lodge enjoying showers and drying out gear from all the rain!
Whoo hoo! More pics to come later!

Monday, January 18, 2016

inReach message from Steph Pitfield

After a 6 hr hike through darkness, guided only by headlamps & our amazing guides, we finally reached the summit just in time for sunrise. Everyone made it!!

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Success They Made it!

Hooray! Our amazing group of 10 arrived at summit at 6:15 in the morning! Great day - everyone made it! Congrats Holly, Steph, Hardy, Rob, Ali, Kevin, Bevra, Brian, Chris and Julian! You made it to the roof of Africa! All are well and celebrating at Millennium Camp getting some well deserved rest! Yay team!

Team successful

Just heard from Lenka that the team all successfully summitted the mountain and are now back at Millenium camp, safe, happy and surely exhausted. Congrats Team!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

inReach message from Steph Pitfield

Arrived at our last site before the 6hr climb to the summit! Spirits are high, despite cold temp & snow & no one has lost their appetite!!

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I'm at S 3 5.5461' E 37 22.5893', elev 16000 ft, course SE (132 T) at 0.0 mph.

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Base Camp Communications

I (Lenka) am now our official Base Camp Communicator, as I had to descend the other day due to an unfortunate travel stomach bug. I am recovering well at Kilemakyaro in good spirits. I am communicating daily with my (totally awesome!) group on the mountain. Everyone else is in good health and continuing on up to high camp today! I wish them luck as our brave 10 climbers journey to the roof of Africa! Go Kili team 2016! :)

Karanga Valley Camp

Good Morning! The group is up at Karanga Valley camp, high up on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. All is well up there, our team rested well and have big appetites and lots of enthusiasm! Much laughter as there is no shortage of humour even at altitude! The team is ready to hike up to high camp today and tackle the summit in the wee hours of the morning!

Friday, January 15, 2016

View from Barranco Camp

inReach message from Steph Pitfield

The team braved the rain again, hiking 8 hrs to make camp at nearly 13,000 ft. Greeted by a beautiful sunset & hot meal! Our team is awesome!!!!

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Arrived at Barranco Camp

We arrived today at our spectacular camp at the foot of Barranco Wall. A day of sun, rain, thunder, snow, hail and mist! Today our group practiced the "climb high sleep low" technique which helps us acclimatize; climbing up to Lava Tower and descending into the beautiful Barranco camp. We have a strong group! Now that we have a break in the clouds, I am able to send a couple pictures!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

inReach message from Steph Pitfield

Traveled through sun, rain and hail to make it to Shira camp for our second night on the mountain! Go #kiliteam2016 !!!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Arrived Safely at Camp

We ended our beautiful first day on the mountain with a delicious dinner made by our awesome chef Jonah.
Our team did great today, no blisters and no rain! Everyone is nestling into their sleeping bags for a well deserved rest. Stars are out in full majesty tonight. Lucky us!

Day one down! Time for a much needed rest...

We ended our beautiful first day on the mountain with a delicious dinner made by our awesome chef Jonah.

Our team did great today, no blisters and no rain!

Everyone is nestling into their sleeping bags for a well deserved rest. Stars are out in full majesty tonight. Lucky us!

Kilimanjaro Here We Come!

Everyone is feeling well rested, fresh and excited to head up our mountain today. What an unexpected treat to see blue skies and Kilimanjaro herself so clearly! The last few days the mountain has been obscured. It is wonderfully fitting that we are about to embark under brilliantly clear skies! Onwards we go begin our journey and make our dreams become reality!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunrise on the Mountain

Inspiring views greet us this morning!

Kili Team 2016: Julian Norris (Trip Guide)

Natural forests cover about 1,000 square kilometres on Kilimanjaro. In the foothill areas maize, beans, and sunflowers (on the western side also wheat) are cultivated. Remnants of the former savanna vegetation with Acacia, Combretum, Terminalia and Grewia also occur. Between 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) and 1,800 metres (5,900 ft), coffee also appears as part of the "Chagga home gardens" agroforestry!


The last individual we would like to celebrate is our second trip guide, Julian Norris. Dr. Julian Norris is not only the former Associate Director of Outward Bound Canada but he also teaches topics in leadership and directed study in management studies (Indigenous Peoples and Sustainable Development) at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

Originally hailing from the British Isles, Julian is based in the Canadian Rockies. A well-regarded facilitator and mentor, his work with has explored depth-based leadership, the application of living systems theory, working across cultures, strategic planning, nature and place-based learning, and mindfulness practices. A seasoned guide of adventurous journeys through the mysteries of nature and psyche, Julian has worked with at-risk youth and existentially-challenged adults, with senior leaders from the government, corporate and non-profit sectors, with numerous Aboriginal communities and in various international development contexts. Building on his PhD research around personal transformation and systems change, much of his work centers on supporting leaders to discover and develop their own deeper capacities and working with complex systems to address thorny challenges. He has a particular solidarity with those who find themselves living, working and asking themselves profound questions in the space where these two domains overlap.

Julian is really looking forward to this next adventure with the 2016 Mt. Kilimanjaro team!

A big thanks to Julian for safely leading the team through this incredible journey!

Walking through the coffee plantation

Beautiful walk through the woods with our awesome Chagga colleagues. What great guys! Our team is officially together. No blisters yet, and lots of smiles.

Morning Coffee by the Mountain

A few of our group are up early enjoying a morning cup of coffee and Kilimanjaro tea at Kilemakyaro lodge. All have arrived safely last night and we are looking forward to a day of preparation!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Landed Safely in Tanzania!

We have landed safely in Tanzania! Our amazing group of climbers is about to unite for our adventure! Two of our party arrived a few days early and the rest of us will rendezvous with them at the beautiful Kilemakyaro Lodge in the next few hours. Great to be on Tanzania soil! It's  25 degrees here on the ground! Beautiful African breezes greet us!

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Lenka Stafl

Rocky Mountain Program Director

Outward Bound Canada

 

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"Be tough yet gentle, humble yet bold, swayed always by beauty and truth."
-Bob Peih, Founder, Canadian Outward Bound Wilderness School

 



... And We're Off!





Our 2016 Reach Beyond Expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro is off!

Nine excited climbers and two equally excited leaders are en route to Tanzania to begin their adventure to the top of Africa's highest point.

Throughout their journey, we'll be receiving updates from the expedition team and posting here and on Twitter using #KiliTeam2016 - follow along as our group embarks on the adventure of a lifetime!

We've created a page on our website that will provide a one-stop-shop for news and updates from the expedition. Check out http://www.outwardbound.ca/getText.asp?type=Pages&ID=157 for links and feeds, and for more info on how the funds raised through our Reach Beyond Expeditions help to bring transformative, life-changing experiences to those who need them most. 


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Kili Team 2016: Lenka Stafl (TRIP Leader)

Large animals are rare on Kilimanjaro, however that can be seen more frequently in the forests and lower parts of the mountain. For example, elephants and cape buffalos are sometimes seen, as are bushbucks, chameleons, dikdiks, duikers, mongooses, sunbirds, and warthogs have been reported as well. Zebras and hyenas have sporadically been observed on the Shira plateau. The chameleon (specifically the Kinyongia tavetana) is the animal most closely associated with the mountain.


Perhaps our next climber, Lenka Stafl, will see some of those chameleons on her trek! Read about her journey here:

"I fell in love with the mountains as a youth and haven’t stopped adventuring since. It is so satisfying for me to share the unique beauty of mountain landscapes with others and participate in the deeply personal journey’s that happen therein. In 2009, I began working as a mountain instructor for Outward Bound based out of Leadville in Colorado. I knew after Instructing my first course how powerful and important the work we can be. My passion for the work, people and places that make Outward Bound so unique continues to drive me. I am a member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, and have taken numerous Wilderness Medicine and technical courses to hone my skills in alpine terrain. I have been fortunate enough to travel and work in amazing mountain ranges and regions of the world including Patagonia, the Tibetan Plateau, the Cascades and beyond. Before moving to Canmore, I worked on Rainier, guiding clients up the peak on a weekly basis."

For the past few years Lenka had worked as the Rocky Mountain Program Director for Outward Bound Canada, supporting, guiding and managing our courses. Lenka, having since moved on ino rder to attend medical school, made an effort to instruct a few programs a year to stay in touch with the meaning and impact of our organizational mission. Lenka was also part of the 2015 Mount Kilimanjaro team.

I am absolutely delighted to be joining the 2016 Kilimanjaro team. The generosity of spirit in the team and fundraising to create more opportunities for deserving Canadians to participate in life changing experiences makes this trip amazing! I look forward to the shared adventure, and meeting each unique personality and the Outward Bound journey that awaits in January 2016."

To support Lenka in her journey, please consider giving to her personal giving page here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Kili Team 2016: Stephanie Pitfield

A number of theories exist about the meaning and origin of the name, "Kilimanjaro." One theory is that the name is a mix of the Swahili word Kilima, meaning "mountain," and the KiChagga word Njaro, loosely translated as "whiteness." Another is that Kilimanjaro is the European pronunciation of a KiChagga phrase meaning "we failed to climb it."


Our next climber, Stephanie Pitfield, isn't daunted by this name. Steph is an Outward Bound alumna, outdoor enthusiast who loves to travel and explore! She is currently living in London UK, working as a Management Consultant for EY. Steph loves sports, specifically skiing and running and any type of adventure – especially if it involves eating exotic food! She is an avid traveller and has taken up a recent challenge, combining her passion for running and travel by completing international marathons – Amsterdam in October and Paris & London coming up in the Spring! Steph climbed the Atlas Mountains in Africa with her mom, a few years ago, and is excited for a higher climb and greater challenge – this time supported by 3 members of her family  - Ali, Harty and Rob!

To donate to Steph's Outward Bound Canada fundraising efforts, visit her Canada Helps page.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Kili Team 2016: Bevra Fee

Ensuring climbers have enough water is key when climbing Kilimanjaro. To help, the incredible porters on route collect water from the rivers and streams along the trail. Some of this they will boil at the start of the day for climbers to carry in their water bottles. On the lower slopes climbers can collect water themselves from the many streams and purify it using a filter or tablets.



Bevra is the next member of our 2016 Kilimanjaro team that we would like to feature. Bevra climbed Mt. Whitney in 2012, and Mt. Kilimanjaro is some 5000 feet higher. She says, "I know I can do the climbing, though, and I am looking forward to seeing a part of the world that is beautiful and completely different from what I know."

"I climbed Mt. Whitney in 2012, and I will tell you that Mt. Kilimanjaro is some 5000 feet higher.  I know I can do the climbing, though, and I am looking forward to seeing a part of the world that is beautiful and completely different from what I know.

In my quest for adventure and learning, I have committed to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January, 2016.  I am joining a trek that is organized by a well-renowned Canadian charity - Outward Bound Canada. Please help me with my quest by donating to Outward Bound Canada, helping them sustain their work to help Canadians to experience life-changing adventures and develop leadership.

Thank you to all who support this personal challenge of mine."

To support Bevra in her journey, please consider giving to her personal giving page here.