From the Ascent Blog

Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Nale Moru Gate to First Cave

The first day of the Ascent for Alzheimer’s started with a jeep ride from the Marangu Hotel to the Nale Moru Gate, the beginning of the Rongai Route. From the Nale Moru Gate, the team began their hike up the northeastern side of the mountain.

Along the first leg of the hike, they had the chance to see two of Mt. Kilimanjaro’s peaks – Mawenzi and Kibo – and crossed maize fields and a pine forest. Their first destination was the appropriately named First Cave at 8,500 feet, where they’ll be spending their first night.

Everyone is looking forward (and upward!) to the journey ahead of them, but they couldn’t do it without support of everyone back home. They’re especially excited to learn that when they reach Uhuru Peak, they’ll be sleeping under a lunar eclipse.

To hear more from the team, listen to today’s podcast.

Tomorrow, the Ascent team makes the long hike from First Cave up to Kikelewa Cave at 12,000 feet. Their next phone call is on Sept 25, from Mawenzi Tarn.

While the team is on their way, you can still help them offer support to over 70,000 British Columbians impacted by dementia. Dementia is not just about losing your memory – it can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday activities, and supporting research into treatments and a cure can change the dementia journey.

On the Ascent team this year is Debbie Craig, who has dedicated the last five years of her life to caregiving for people with dementia. Why not recognize the invaluable work of caregivers around the province by donating to Debbie?

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