We’re Off!

Well we are off – we arrived at the airport – 6 of us and 21 bags packed full to the brim everyone putting the most critical gear – boots, sleeping bags – in their carry-on to make sure it arrives!

Peg Shippam gave us the big send off and now we wait for the flight – delayed due to fog – but eventually we will get on our way.

Thanks to everyone at UHN for all the amazing support leading up to the journey.

8 days and counting down

Hey Hey
8 days and counting down
final gear checks being done
last minute items being ordered
food being dehydrated/dessicated – sounds so appealing!

The mission to Antarctica

To top off our fundraising campaign, Dr. Heather Ross and a team of half a dozen or so enthusiastic individuals will be heading down to Antarctica for the biggest challenge of their lives – climbing Mt. Vinson Massif, Antarctica. This peak extends 4897 metres into the sky – over 16,000 feet – and is the tallest in Antarctica! For more information on Antarctica, please click on “Quick Facts – Antarctica”.

The excursion will extend from December 3, 2006 – December 17, 2006, and participants can expect to be away from November 30, 2006 – December 22, 2006 with additional travel factored in.

Training for the trek is underway. The ‘basics’ include eating healthy; working out; adding weights; core strength and breathing; and upper body strength. The ‘specifics’ involve the technique of belaying; learning and practicing mountaineering skills – using crampons, ice axes, etc.; and experiencing winter camping in a cold alpine environment. A practice climb of Mt. Athabasca in the Columbia Ice Fields in Alberta will also take place.