Mt. Kilimanjaro – Week 19: Columbia Sportswear & St. Lawrence Market

Corporate Sponsors

As I’ve mentioned in a few blog posts, all of us participating in this years climb are responsible for covering our own costs for the climb (airfare, equipment, vaccines, climbing costs, etc.) which quickly add up. On average, we’re each spending about $4,000 – $5,000 out of pocket to complete the climb. Some corporations have been very kind to us and have offered generous discounts (such as IceBreaker) to help reduce our costs.

This past week, the climb team met up for our monthly team meeting and we had a surprise visit from our friend Jennifer at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. When she entered the meeting room, she had 3 large boxes with her, and an even larger smile on her face! She had some great news to share with us all.

columbiaColumbia Sportswear offered to help our team by providing a summit jacket to everyone for help our trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro! The temperature at the top of the mountain drops to a bone chilling -25C. Being able to stay warm on the exhausting last day to the top, is extremely important. Instead of wasting energy on shivering from the extreme cold temperatures, we can focus our energy on climbing to the top. Not having to worry to purchase more equipment helps strike one more item off my things to do list. In a few weeks I’ll provide some more details around the Columbia Sportswear brand and some facts about the jacket they’ve provided.


St. Lawrence Market

Yesterday, I spent a little over an hour standing outside the Toronto St. Lawrence Market handing out pink ribbons and a small leaflet to help spread awareness about the climb, and of course, breast cancer in general.

MarketA lot of people stopped to talk to me about their family members who won the battle, or sadly lost the battle against breast cancer. I also had the pleasure of speaking to some breast cancer survivors who were extremely appreciative of what I was doing for the cause.

If those passing by wanted to make a small contribution to the cause, I had a small pink CBCF box available for spare change. In total I raised about $25. However, the leaflet contained a donation website link if people felt compelled to donate online. Within a few hours I received 2 extremely generous donations from members of the community I met at the St. Lawrence Market. (Thank you both for your contributions and support!).

Raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is very important. The funds are used to support groundbreaking breast cancer research, educational and awareness campaigns across Canada, and provide assistance to families.

Our goal (as a team) is to raise at least $100,000 for the foundation before we start our climb this October. As of today, we have collectively raised $77,183 for CBCF! If you haven’t donated yet, there is still time! Please click here to make a donation online and help us hit our $100K goal!


Today I completed a 6.5 hour training hike with a 15lb pack. The hike wasn’t too bad, although by the end of the day, my feet were extremely tired and sore. It didn’t help that it was so hot outside (36C). Earlier in the week was able to complete 2 different runs and a weight training session.

This coming week I’ll be focusing on running (to keep up the cardio), some weight training, and another long hike on Sunday.

Thank you all for your continued support!
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