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.


  1. Congratulations to everyone. What a great achievement and cause. Happy travels and safe return to Canada.
    Jennifer Martin
    Envious friend of Cathy and Kim.

    To choose the right Kilimanjaro Climb route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of.
    Who: Who is climbing? The whole group's abilities must be factored into choosing a route. The rest of the party is relying on your decision. Pick a route that best fits everyone.
    What: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheap/expensive routes, and short/long itineraries.
    How: How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? These answers will affect which route is for you.
    Where: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety.
    Why: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick the most scenic route.
    When: If you are climbing during the dry season, great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb's difficulty.
    So Which is the best route to use to climb up kilimanjaro? Lemosho Route and Rongai Route are the most scenic routes up kilimanjaro. Mt Kilimanjaro Machame route is also a scenic and very popular route with many climbers.
    The Marangu Route Climb is however the most used route since it has the advantage of sleeping in huts with bunker beds, hot showers, beverages and beers in the evenings are also available. Marangu is also the shorter route and can be done in 5 days although an extra day for acclimatisation is recommended.