Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kili Team 2015: David Wong

Did you know: The oldest person to summit Kilimanjaro is 85-year-old Swiss-Canadian Martin Kafer who reached the top of Uhuru Peak in 2012, beating Richard Byerley who hiked to the summit in 2011 at age 84. Kafer’s incredible feat is also amazing because his wife Esther became the oldest women to climb Kilimanjaro at age 84. The couple are now duel record holders as the oldest man and oldest women to have successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Well he is certainly nowhere near the oldest climber, but it will still be a memorable experience for our next profiled climber, David Wong, none the less.  Read more about his journey here:

"To serve and strive and not to yield - I remember at the young age of 20 (hmm seems so long ago) those words made quite an impact on our very green outward bound group at the Keremeos Mtn School in BC.  Despite wanting to yield a few times the great guides and program inspired us to somehow dig deeper and to actually enjoy the outdoor mountain experience and the inner strength it developed.  The unique outdoor environment for building teamwork and compassion certainly started a lifelong love of the outdoors and of thinking beyond one's own needs. 

Soon after I ended up going into Family Medicine at UBC and I am now a family doctor doing locums in rural Alberta.  This has given me time to pursue my love of the outdoors both locally and overseas with trekking, mountaineering, canoeing and backcountry ski trips. I have been fortunate enough to volunteer at Alpine Club of Canada mountaineering camps as a camp doctor and to accompany good friends on outdoor trips up in the western and eastern Canadian Arctic as well as overseas in Ladakh,  the Andes and Himalayan mountain regions.

It has been great to start shifting into a giving back mode with some overseas work and supporting friends in their developing country medical health initiatives. Having received a bursary from outward bound to attend the Keremeos camp so many years ago it is fitting to return the support back towards the present excellent outward bound programs.  I am looking forward to a repeat great experience on Kilimanjaro with an enthusiastic team spearheaded by the passionate Sarah Wiley and her amazing crew."

To support David in his journey, please consider giving to his personal giving page here.

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