About the Ascent For Alzheimer's

Ascent for Alzheimer’s  raises funds for education and support services for the more than 70,000 British Columbians who face a form of dementia and their families. The hike also funds vital research into the causes and cure for dementia.

Embark on this journey in honour of a family member or friend, or to experience a life changing adventure. Hikers recognize their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a symbol of the upward struggle that those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia face each day.

At 19,340 feet (or 5,895 metres), Mt. Kilimanjaro is often referred to as ‘The Roof of Africa.’ Located in Tanzania, the mountain is the tallest in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world. The mountain is ecologically diverse with rain forests, alpine desert and arctic conditions at the summit. While the meaning of the name Kilimanjaro is unknown, Uhuru – the mountain’s highest peak – translates to ‘freedom.’

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