Kilimanjaro is fondly referred to as “everyman’s Everest” since no technical climbing is required. Train with us to ensure you are in your best shape, or just join us for the climb of a lifetime. Travel dates are July 24 to 31, 2016. The climb will be led by Scott Kress, Medcan Expedition Leader, the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and the 15th Canadian to climb the ‘Seven Summits.’ The trek will also have a medical physician joining us to assure your health needs are met.
I joined last year’s Medcan expedition to Kilimanjaro. I came away with a few different views from that climb. Almost everyone will experience some sort of discomfort from the elevation. Take your time, try to relax and enjoy the journey. The views aren’t like anything you’ve ever seen before so you don’t want to miss any of it.
Second, Kilimanjaro is no joke. After a week on the mountain the grand finale is a grueling 16-hour day of battling your emotions, the cold, the dark, nausea, dizziness, headache and fatigue to reach the summit. After all of that, as you hike back to camp you can’t help but feel this incredible sense of accomplishment and you will find yourself looking back at the summit, amazed at what you have just done and you’ll wonder when you can do it again.
On the more physical side of things, do all you can to be prepared physically for this climb. Fitness will help when you’re spending long days walking uphill with a loaded backpack. On the mountain, eats lots of food, drink lots of water and walk slowly.
Overall, it was an incredible, beautiful and challenging adventure, and I’m so excited and grateful to be able to join the 2016 trip. I look forward to meeting any interested climbers. Feel free to ask me any questions – call me at 647.404.1360 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you.
The Medcan Fitness challenge for the month of February is a stair challenge. Participants are asked to record their cumulative stair climbs throughout the month to see if they can reach the equivalent of Uhuru Peak (5,895 metres or 19,340 feet). Ask your Medcan Personal Trainer for details.