Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira

Mt. Kilimanjaro is composed of three volcanic cones: Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. Mawenzi and Shira are both extinct, but Kibo, the highest peak, is dormant, and may one day erupt again. This is the second time Outward Bound Canada has sent a fundraising expedition up Kilimanjaro. The last expedition left on January 8th 2012, and returned home with over $70,000 raised for OBC’s core funded programs.

 Susan Calahan was first introduced to Outward Bound a few years ago when she participated in a dog sled trip. She is excited about the climb and the visit to East Africa.

“I am a human resources professional with TD Bank Group specializing in initiatives to recruit diverse talent into the organization.  I am currently working on my MBA and in my spare time I enjoy sailing and cycling.  Harold and I live in the Toronto Beaches and enjoy canoeing and hiking in Ontario. We also travel as much as we can, having explored many parts of the world with trips that usually involve as much walking and outdoor activities as possible. 

“I am looking forward to travelling to East Africa for the first time and to the experience of this Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition.   My connection to Outward Bound is rather recent as Harold introduced me to the organization with a dog sled trip a few years ago.   I enjoyed the learning experience the trip provided and the philosophy of Outward Bound.   I look forward to the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for this great organization through our 'Kili' climb.”

Please help Susan her fellow climbers reach their goal by making a donation to the 2013 Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and clicking on the "Canada Helps" icon below:

You can make a general donation to the climb or dedicate it specifically to one of the climbers.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rainforest, Heather, Moorland, Alpine Desert and Glaciers - What More Could You Ask For?

Over the course of their trip, the climbers will walk through rainforest, heather, moorland, alpine desert and glacial terrain. At the lowest altitudes, the climbers will sweat it out in temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius. As they near the top, they’ll be bundling up – temperatures will dip as low as -15 degrees Celsius.

Susan Casson is another one of our climbers. She’s done plenty of tripping up north – namely the Yukon and the Northwest Territories – and she’s excited about embarking on an adventure in the southern hemisphere; Mt. Kilimanjaro is just 330 kilometres south of the equator.

“I currently live on a farm in the Hockley Valley near Orangeville.  I have a 12 minute commute to my job at a local Racquet/Fitness Club where I am the administrator for the Racquets Department, as well as teaching tennis and leading fitness classes.

“I have always had a focus in my life for spending time outside.  Most recently I have participated in several hiking and canoeing trips in both the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

“I am very excited to participate in this adventure to Kilimanjaro with Outward Bound.  One of my children took an Outward Bound course 15 years ago and ever since then I have maintained an ongoing interest in Outward Bound projects.  I look forward to the opportunity to fundraise for such a worthwhile organization that has such a positive and profound effect on so many people.”

Please help Susan and her fellow climbers reach their goal by making a donation to the 2013 Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and clicking on the "Canada Helps" icon below:

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Mountains Lure Us

On October 6, 1889, German geographer Hans Meyer and Austrian mountain climber Ludwig Purtscheller were the first to climb Kilimanjaro. 

The mountains lure us. Kilimanjaro lured Meyer and Purtscheller 120 years ago, and it’s today it’s calling  out to Katie Flynn. Katie fell in love with high altitude climbing when she summited Gulap Kanghri in India. She is thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Kilimanjaro Fundraising Expedition.

“East Africa is a part of the world that I have longed to explore for quite some time, and I couldn't think of a more fitting opportunity to do so.

“My experience with Outward Bound began a decade ago, when I became an instructor.  I knew right away that Outward Bound was an organization that complemented my professional goals. 

“Having been a classroom teacher for several years prior, I longed to take learning outside of the classroom, into the great outdoors.  My peers shared common views on education and I was exhilarated to work with students throughout their various adventures, discovering that there is "more in you than you know.

“Recently, I decided to take a step back from my career in education in order to take some time to explore and travel around the world.  During this time, I had my first experience with high altitude climbing.  I took part in a fundraising climb up Gulap Kanghri, in the Ladakh region of India.  This experience inspired me to continue to seek other amazing climbing regions in the world.

“I am so honored to be a part of this expedition for several reasons.  Above all, I am passionate about the community programs at Outward Bound.  This past summer, myself and nine other amazing women paddled in the Yukon River Quest to raise funds for Outward Bound's community programs and I would like to continue with my efforts for this cause.  Having instructed and coordinated these programs in the past, I have seen first-hand the world of good that they offer their students.  We are all so fortunate to be able to support these programs by experiencing such an amazing and fascinating part of the world.”

Please help Katie and her fellow climbers reach their goal by making a donation to the 2013 Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb and clicking on the "Canada Helps" icon below: