Ascent Blog

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Uhuru Peak

    Uhuru Peak – the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 19,340 feet above sea level – is the highest point in Africa. And our team made it. Under the lunar eclipse of a Supermoon, the Ascent team reached the Uhuru Peak and got to stand where Ascent hikers for over sixteen years have stood. Listen to what our […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Kibo Hut

    The peak is so close! The 2015 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team is beyond excited to reach the summit, propelled by the well-wishes of everybody back home. Flashes of bright sunlight urge them forward, through the fog – a quiet reminder, like the change in altitude mirroring the experience of people living with the disease. There […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Mawenzi Tarn

    The Ascent team has made it to Mawenzi Tarn. Since their night at Kikilewa Cave, they’ve gone from 12,000 feet to 14,200 feet, and because they’ll only be able to absorb half as much oxygen as they would at sea level, they’ll be staying at Mawenzi Tarn for two nights to give themselves time to […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Kikilewa Cave

    After a short – but steep! – climb, the Ascent team has made it to Kikilewa Cave, they’ve reached 12,000 feet. Their next stop is Mawenzi Tarn, where they will stay for two nights to give themselves time to adjust. At this point in the expedition, hikers can only absorb half the oxygen they would […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    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 […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Ascent for Alzheimer’s 2015, Marangu Village

    The 2015 Ascent for Alzheimer’s team – Jeff Campbell, Kris Clarke, Debbie Craig, Lorne Davidson, Erika and Kim Durlacher, Doug Spencer and Lisa Heiberg – have arrived in Tanzania and are settling in at the Marangu Hotel. The team checked in with us this morning (Pacific Standard Time), having spent their day exploring and mustering their […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Jeff Campbell: The summit is optional. Descent is mandatory.

    Nanaimo resident Jeff Campbell admits to having a bit of an obsession. “I love the mountains, love climbing, love to be high up and above the clouds. I’ve been on the tops of mountains in B.C. and one day would like to do Everest and K2.” Last year, the 28-year-old decided to do a major […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Kris Clarke: Dreamed it. Doing it.

    For as long as she can remember, Edmonton resident and outdoor enthusiast Kris Clarke has dreamed of hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. “I’ve always wanted to visit Africa. I like experiencing different cultures and meeting new people,” she says. Athletic and adventurous, she and her teenaged son Wolfe and her fiancé Michael have travelled together to far-flung […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Doug Spencer and Lisa Heiberg: Aiming for the highest peaks

    In October 2014, Tsawwassen residents Doug Spencer and his wife Lisa Heiberg held a small golf tournament with family and friends to raise funds in honour of Doug’s father Gord Spencer, who had recently passed away following a grueling battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Lisa did some research online to find out where they could donate […]

  • By: Alzheimer Society of B.C.

    Debbie Craig: Taking it to the top

    Six years ago, Comox resident and lifelong hiker Debbie Craig went back to work after caring for her son Eban since his birth two years before. That kicked off a process through which Debbie discovered an aptitude for caregiving and an innate ability to put people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia at ease. Eventually, she […]

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