Thursday, October 18th, 2012

What’s your Kilimanjaro? Meet and Greet

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We invite you to come and hear more about Mark Patton’s trip to Mount Kilimanjaro on Thursday Oct. 18th 4:30 – 6:30 at 312 Parkdale Ave. in Ottawa. Mark will be sharing photos and videos at 5 p.m. To RSVP or for more information, please call (613) 725-3601. Donations are welcome.

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Taking Risks

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It has been quite an adjustment settling back into life in Ottawa after having been at the top of Kili just two weeks ago. I have spent time reflecting on my trip and thinking about risk.  This is a picture taken by Nelly soon after we climbed around “the kissing wall”.  You can see the […]

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Day Eight- What’s your Kilimanjaro?

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We all slept much better at the lower altitude. After packing up camp, we took some photos and sang and danced. I gave a thank you speech to the wagumu in broken Swahili which was well received. The hike out took us through rainforest. It was nice to be back in a lush environment again […]

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

The Summit Hike Pt. 2

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While I had been asked by people what I would do when I reached the top, I never had a good answer for this and thought that I would wait and see what inspired me in the moment. Although, I did bring a sign for the obligatory picture at Uhuru peak the rest was a […]

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

The Summit Hike Pt. 1

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Many people start the hike to the summit at midnight for several reasons. Firstly, it is the best time to leave if you hope to reach the summit to see the sunrise. Any earlier and you might be struggling with altitude and cold in the darkness at the top. Any later and you are climbing […]

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Barafu – Summit base camp

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The landscape from Karanga to Barafu was very barren and other worldly. It was challenging because it was quite steep and I was struggling to stay awake as the sleep deprivation was catching up with me.  When we arrived in Barafu camp I decided to sleep rather than eat lunch because I was worried about […]

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Sunrise at Stella Point

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I saw the sun rise at Stella Point on the top Mt. Kilimanjaro and it was beautiful. It was a grueling climb, very difficult. We’ve had lots of struggles with altitude. I almost didn’t start the climb because I wasn’t feeling well but I made it to the top and my whole team made it […]

Monday, September 17th, 2012

The Morning of Day Six – Pushing for the Summit

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It’s the morning of day six and it’s a freezing cold morning. It’s about minus fifteen here, lot’s of layers on but a beautiful view from above the clouds. This will be our last push to the summit so we will be hiking for about five hours today and then taking a rest. We’ll get […]

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Day Five – Arriving at Karanga Valley Camp

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Today we had quite a challenging treck through what’s called the Breakfast Wall and we had to go by a rock called the Kissing Rock. It’s a really tricky part to get by and my fear of heights really kicked in. I got to see and really appreciate the messages that people left on Facebook. […]

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Early Day Five – Kilimanjaro

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I am at Barranco Camp and it’s really it’s been kind of frustrating to not be able to have contact but I was able to look at Facebook this morning and saw some great messages from people. Thank you very much. It’s really inspiring to hear that people are talking about their Killmanjaros and I […]


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