Mount Kilimanjaro has been the subject of many scientific studies because of its shrinking glaciers. Ice cores taken from Kilimanjaro's Northern Ice Field indicate that Kilimanjaro's glaciers have a "basal age" of 11,700 years. The slope glaciers retreated rapidly between 1912 and 1953, in response to a sudden shift in climate at the end of the 19th century that made them "drastically out of equilibrium", and more slowly thereafter. Their continuing demise indicates they are still out of equilibrium in response to a constant change in climate over the last 100 years.
Chris will be one of the few people who will have an opportunity to see Kilimanjaro's glaciers up close. Chris is 29 years old and currently resides in beautiful Victoria, BC. He spends the majority of his time working on his pilot’s license, triathlon training, and enjoying his beautiful province. With the winter coming, skiing will certainly be getting a lot of attention as well. He is also attempting to learn Spanish, and....um, enjoys long walks on the beach :)
Chris is pumped for Kili 2016 and thinks it's going to be an amazing adventure! This is what he had to say about why he chose to take on this incredible journey:
"I completed my first Outward Bound program during high school in the summer after grade 10. Up to that point I had enjoyed Scouts Canada excursions, and camping with my family, however the mountaineering course in British Columbia raised that bar exponentially. The course was 23 days and long, and was certainly the most difficult thing I had done up to that point in my life. Through environmental, psychological, and social challenges, I believe everyone in the group gained a newfound appreciation for their capabilities, and the true depths of their physical, and mental endurance.
Outward Bound Canada strives to give people the opportunity to place themselves into challenging situations, where they will learn how to overcome difficulties, realize their potential, and gain that experience as a tool for future obstacles, and endeavours. Over the years Outward Bound has come to recognize the people that benefit the most from their programs are those in potentially vulnerable situations, specifically: Women who have experienced violence and/or abuse, military men and women struggling with the challenge of re-integrating into civilian life, and youth at risk, including aboriginal youth."
To support Chris in his journey, please consider giving to his personal giving page here.