On January 10 our 2016 Mount Kilimanjaro Team will be departing Toronto and heading for Tanzania (which will take more than a day of travel) and making preparations for their trek up the mountain for the adventure of a lifetime.
You'll be able to get updates on the team's progress here on the blog but, in the meantime, we thought we'd introduce you to each of our Kilimanjaro climbers.
First up is Alison Pitfield. Alison is one of four Pitfields on this year's team, including her father, twin brother, and sister. Here's why Alison is doing this climb:
"Outward Bound is a very special organization that enables a broad range of individuals to expand and push themselves out of their comfort zones. I have been incredibly fortunate in my life to be a part of four different OB expeditions around the world and I can honestly say every one of these experiences has shaped me into the person I am today. Outward Bound's mission is to cultivate resilience, leadership, and compassion through inspiring and challenging journeys of self-discovery in the natural world. OB has multiple charitable programs including: Veterans Program, Women of Courage, Aboriginal Programs and Youth at Risk Programs. All the funds I raise through this climb will be donated to these programs, which will help to support individuals who are recovering from trauma or facing a major transition in their lives. By giving someone the opportunity to experience team-work, self-motivation, and show them 'there is more in you than you think'...this is better than any gift possible. Some of the best days of my life were on those Outward Bound expeditions, so please help me in giving someone a 'best day' too!"