Ascent Blog

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Erika and Kim Durlacher: Greater than the sum

    Whistler resident Erika Durlacher first learned of the Ascent for Alzheimer’s in 1999 when Gordon Campbell, the Leader of the Opposition in B.C. at the time, hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro with his family. Erika, whose husband Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006, decided to act on the inspiration and “make a difference so people […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Lorne Davidson: Building on community spirit

    A long-time resident of Vancouver, Lorne Davidson spends much of his free time outdoors, enjoying activities with his wife Lori Last and their children such as hiking on the North Shore mountains. An enthusiastic member of the 2015 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team, Lorne says, “I knew in my mind years ago that I would make […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Introducing the 2015 Ascent for Alzheimer’s Team

    Since 1998, the Ascent for Alzheimer’s has seen over 180 committed Canadians go on a journey to hike to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. These dedicated participants fundraise to contribute to research for a cure and to help ensure that those impacted by dementia have access to support services and education resources. As well as […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2014, Uhuru Peak

    It’s official: every single member of the 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team has now stood at Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa — the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro — a staggering 19,340 feet up. To hear from the team, listen to the podcast below.     Tomorrow the team will begin their descent to […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2014, Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Hut

    The team called us at Grouse Mountain this morning, in order to speak to us about their thoughts before beginning their trip to the summit and to wish the 2014 Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind participants luck. In its third year, Mt. Kilimanjaro Grouse Grind for Alzheimer’s (MKGG) is an exhilarating team-based event that raises funds […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2014, Kikilewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn

    The Ascent team are currently resting after their hike from Kikelewa Cave to Mawenzi Tarn, a short but steep climb over grassy slopes. Mawenzi Tarn (14,200 feet) is an alpine lake and the only permanent lake on Mt. Kilimanjaro’s slopes. Today was a shorter hike for them, so they were all able to have a […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2014, Nale Moru Gate to First Cave

    Our 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team has been continuing their celebrations – today marks Jewish New Year and also Kevin and Lynn’s third wedding anniversary! We spoke to the team this morning, just before their well-deserved dinner was served. This morning, theAscent team left Marangu Hotel for the Nale Moru Gate by jeep, where they […]

  • By: The Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2014, the Day Before the Ascent

    After some temporarily misplaced luggage, the 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team members – Ben Creasser, Lydia Meister, Roxanne and Abbie Milavsky, Kevin Root and Lynn Tetarenko-Root –are safe and settled into their Marangu Hotel. We spoke to the team Pacific time this morning, and they are currently due to get a good night’s sleep—the last […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    The Story Behind Ascent for Alzheimer’s ‘Spirit Friendship Sticks’

    Every year, as a symbol of their team unity, the Ascent for Alzheimer’s team takes a walking stick up to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. These walking sticks are thoughtfully and graciously created by Maple Ridge artist Chris Knowles and are adorned with team member’s names, along with symbols for friendship. After the sudden loss […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Introducing the 2014 Ascent Team Members

    This is the 17th year a team will hike Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and funds for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The 2014 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team comprises Lydia Meister, Roxanne and Abbie Milavsky, Ben Creasser, Kevin Root and Lynn Tetarenko-Root. The team will join a select group of over 180 […]

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