“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary
In May 2009, Lori Schneider became the first person in the world with MS to have summitted Mt. Everest. Everest was the last mountain she needed to climb to have reached the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each of the world’s continents. Only a handful of mountaineers have ever done that. Lori is the first and only person with MS to have achieved that distinction. Since summitting Everest, Lori has been traveling the world spreading a message of Empowerment Through Adventure. “In realizing that our limitations and barriers are self-imposed, we are able to move beyond them and they no longer define who we are,” Schneider says.
In July 2011, Lori and a team of climbers – half with MS and half without – will climb Kilimanjaro in Africa to prove this to themselves and the world. Take a Leap of Faith in Africa! Kilimanjaro Climb 2011 is July 20-24.
Unfortunately, there is one barrier many of the climbers with MS are facing that is not self-imposed: finances. This trip will be guided by Alpine Ascents, a world-renowned Seattle-based guide company with an impeccable safety record and an eagerness to work with this group of inspiring climbers. Such expertise does not come inexpensively. Not including airfare, the trip costs $6,175 per climber. Airfare could add as much as another $2,000 per climber.
Because Lori and Empowerment Through Adventure share similar beliefs about the importance of travel and pushing your limits – as well as believing that doing both has beneficial effects – as Never Too Weak to Wander’s founder, Dina Mishev, the two organizations have partnered on this climb. Corporations and individuals wanting to donate money to help climbers with MS realize their dream of climbing Kilimanjaro in July 2011 can make donations through Never Too Weak to Wander, a registered 501(c)(3), and take the fullest tax deduction allowable by law.
To make a donation, send a check payable to Never Too Weak to Wander to:
P.O. Box 4424
Jackson, WY 83001
Or Paypal works as well.
If you would like to direct your donation towards the trip of a particular climber with MS, please make sure to note that along with your donation. Sorry, NTWTW does not accept donations to fund the trips of companion climbers; those can be made directly to Empowerment Through Adventure and will not be tax deductible. If you do not designate a particular climber, it will be shared among the climbers with MS that request financial assistance.
Are you ready to live your dreams and climb beyond your limits?
Are you ready to jump start your MS world and put a little ‘life’ back in your life? Are you ready to take a risk and feel the power of having set a goal and doing what it takes to give it your best shot?
Are you ready to summit the mental mountain that MS has placed in front of you?
Are you ready to empower yourself through adventure?
If you are, then read on and make your dreams become a reality….
Crowned by eternal snows, Kilimanjaro — 19,340 feet — is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other mountain. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five eco-systems and large game reserves and is certainly one of the world’s most impressive sights.
Who is eligible?
Anyone that has MS and joins us with an open mind, a heart and spirit that says, “YES! I will try!” and a positive attitude to hike toward their own personal summit. The success is in the journey.
What does it take physically?
No climbing experience is necessary. Really! Kilimanjaro is not a technical climb. It is a long hike, eventually reaching high altitudes. Each person will need to feel comfortable walking for several hours each day, for about seven days. Some days will be long, but we will set a slow pace, and each person will climb as far as they feel comfortable. To share the experience, a personal companion climber will accompany each climber with MS. The companion climber is there to listen, assist you when needed, rest with you when you feel the need for a break, and be a friend who cares about YOU before, during, and after the climb. To get ready for the Kilimanjaro climb, each participant should spend about six months training — walking daily to build strength and endurance is fine. Our goal is to help each person feel successful, no matter how high they choose to climb.
We will have a doctor accompanying us on the climb.
Will it be hard? Yes!
Will you have days you want to quit? Maybe!
Will you test your limits? Probably!
Will it be the hardest thing you ever loved? Without a doubt!
When will the climb take place?
July 10-24, 2011
Where will I be traveling while in Africa?
Following our climb of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, we begin a four-day safari to the spectacular game parks of Tanzania. Throughout the safari, we’ll stay in luxurious hotels and travel by Land Cruiser across the Great Rift Valley, following wildebeests, lions, and other indigenous wildlife.
The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken crater on earth and claims the highest density of wildlife on the African continent. The view from the crater rim is breathtaking and descending deep into the belly of the crater we will encounter almost every animal species found in east Africa. During this segment of the safari we spend time in a traditional Masai village.
The Tarangire River and National Park, south of Lake Manyara, is a huge wildlife retreat during the dry season. The river valley contains stunning views of the savanna and great varieties of large mammals such as kongoni, wildebeest, and zebra. With any luck, safarists will also see rhino and leopard amongst a variety of gazelle, giraffe, elephant, and impala.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s signature park, covers nearly 15,000 square miles and spans into Kenya where it connects to the Masai Mara reserve. The word Serengeti conjures images of wild African game in all its glory. The abundance of animals running at will creates an overwhelming experience to behold. The sheer mass of animals is both staggering and long remembered. There is even a spectacular sunrise balloon ride over the Serengeti.
How much will this experience of a lifetime cost?
Our hosts for this trip are the experts at Alpine Ascents International, voted “Best Mountain Guide Service on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine. Their safety record and success rate are second to none. They have priced this trip at approximately $6175, excluding airfare to Africa.
Trip includes all land costs and transportation, hotels, group equipment, meals, porters, guides, park fees, climbing permits, safaris, and even a hot air balloon ride.
Please email Lori@ETAdventure.com with any questions about the trip.