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:




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