Saturday, January 21, 2012

Outward Bound Canada on the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

Here is a picture of members of the Outward Bound Kilimanjaro 2012 team on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 16th at about 7:30am. Congratulations to ALL of the climbers - George Fowlie, Cindy Radu, Kim Beatty, Cathy Davis, Erik Bertram, Brad Labrecque, Mandy Bennett, Kelly McGee, Cara Bourdeau, Tobias Bourdeau, Nneka MacGregor, Katie Canning and Lea Caragata for achieving their personal goals on the mountain and for achieving and far surpassing our fundraising goal, in the end raising close to $121,000 for the Outward Bound Canada Women of Courage program! THANK YOU to all of our family, friends and supporters who have helped us on our journey and helped to raise the funds. Special thanks must go to the following for their very generous donations: David Beatty, Brett Wilson, the Rimell Family Foundation and the WaterStreet Group Inc.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Relaxing in the Amsterdam airport

Well, we are on our way home. Some have stayed on in Africa - doing safaris and going to Zanzibar and the rest of us are en route to Toronto, with a stopover in Amsterdam - a few of us getting much needed back massages and others exploring the city and shops at the airport. We arrive in Toronto on Thursday Jan.18th at 3:30pm.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

We are off the Mountain - safe and sound!

Hello Everyone - friends, family, and supporters....We are all off the mountain, healthy and happy! You will be happy to know that most of our team reached the summit, Uhuru Peak, and that everyone achieved their own personal goals and individual "summits". It was a beautiful night - the stars were out and we all sang songs quietly as we climbed the final 3000ft to our goal - the roof of Africa. We are now off to celebrate at dinner in Moshi town. Thanks for all of your words of support. We will post photos on the Blog in next 24hrs.

Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

Having a great time!

The group is doing well - climbed 4000ft yesterday and on our way up to 12,500ft today.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

We have had some technical difficulties in the last couple of days, so we have not been able to update you. But we are happy to report that the OBC Kili team is well, happy & healthy. We will be attempting the summit on Sunday Jan 16th, leaving high camp at midnight. We will update you when we can, and thank everyone for their support and continuing comments!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Outward Bound Canada Kili 2012 Climb- First Day on the Mountain

Woohoo- we are on way to the Machame Gate to start our climb. All in good spirits, feeling fit. The three of us who had our luggage delayed were successful in picking up our luggage last night at the airport. Today we will ascend 4000 ft through the cloud forest to our first camp at Machame Hut, sleeping at 10,000ft. These pictures are taken at the start of the climb, at the national park gate.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Dining in style at the foot of Kilimanjaro!

Hi Everyone,

We have had a good day getting acclimatised to Tanzania - the heat, the smells, the people. Did a short hike in the coffee plantation and then packed our gear for the mountain. These pictures are taken at our hotel where we ate dinner tonight, outside on the lawn, with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the background. Very beautiful setting.

Three of us are now en route with our guide, Michael from Chagga Tours, to the airport to see if our bags have arrived. Hopefully they have as we leave for the mountain tomorrow!

Over and out - the Kili 2012 team.

This is Not the Summit...

Monday, January 9, 2012

Outward Bound Canada Kili team arrives safely in Tanzania (minus a few bags).

Well, after almost 24hrs in transit the team (minus George who will meet us at our hotel) all made it to the Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania. We had good flights- lots of bad movies, trashy magazines, and good airplane food. It is 31degrees here but there is a nice breeze.

Unfortunately, three of us (Sarah, Kim and Katie) are each missing one bag. We are hopeful the bags will be on the next plane in from Amsterdam tomorrow night, otherwise we will have to improvise a bit! Oh well, it is all part of the adventure.

Check out our team picture outside the airport:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Outward Bound Canada team departs for Tanzania!

And we are off! Next stop - Amsterdam, where we pick up 3 more team members and then onto Tanzania where we connect with the final two.

Time to sleep now.....

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Outward Bound Canada Kilimanjaro team raises $110,000 for Women of Courage program

Just in - the total raised, before we head off to Africa, is $110,000! Wow - we have already achieved our goal, and reached our summit. The climb itself and reaching the actual summit of Kilimanjaro will be a bonus. Congratulations Team Kili 2012 - you are awesome!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Outward Bound Canada Kilimanjaro Team - 7 day Countdown!

The Outward Bound Canada "Kili Climb for Women" 2012 is almost underway! 15 team members are counting down just 7 more days until they depart for Tanzania, and then ...the roof of Africa! Tune in to this blog as we post pictures and updates of our Adventure!

Happy New Year!