Did you know: Kilimanjaro was first climbed on October 5, 1889 by German geologist Hans Meyer, Marangu scout Yoanas Kinyala Lauwo, and Austrian Ludwig Purtscheller. After reaching the summit, Meyer later wrote that they gave “three ringing cheers, and in virtue of my right as its first discoverer christened this hitherto unknown—the loftiest spot in Africa and the German Empire—Kaiser Wilhelm’s Peak.”
She may not be the first, but our next profiles climber, Leslie Hoyle, will have a trek no less challenging or important. Read more about Leslie's journey here:
"I was working as an outdoor education teacher when I met Bill. After we married, we worked for Outward Bound Australia, then travelled back to work for OB in Canada. Our next season we had a 6-week old baby in tow, so I became Logistics Coordinator at Homeplace. Although I haven't worked for OB since 1993 those years have certainly affected my approach to life.
I never thought I would leave Outdoor Ed but with three young children I eventually became a classroom teacher. I am currently on a "4 over 5" year off from my job as a music teacher in a K to grade 5 school in Milton with the Halton District School Board. I am proud that after a lifetime of family canoe trips our older children, Cameron (age 21 at U of Guelph) and Evelyn (age 19 at Kings in Halifax), have both had summer jobs as canoe trip leaders. Our youngest daughter Annie (age 13) is a jazz singer with a wicked cross-bow draw. My favourite hobbies are singing barbershop with the Circle of Harmony Chorus, sewing quilts and canoe tripping.
Sarah and I co-instructed a memorable OB course back in the day, and I am absolutely thrilled to be going on expedition with her again."
To support Leslie in her journey, please consider giving to her personal giving page here.