Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is the dream destination of hikers from around the world. Majestic, it is Africa's highest mountain at 19,341 feet above sea level. It's visual splendour lies in its three volcanic cones, remnants of the Rift Valley. Stamina and endurance are necessities for the ascent up Kilimanjaro.
A group of 65 Plus adults from the Vancouver, BC, area have undertaken the grueling task of climbing the daunting African summit. The oldest members are in their mid-70s.
The adventurous Ric Tesan originated the idea for the climbing expedition. Surprisingly, several teammates also expressed interest until 16 people were ready to join him on the six-day route. Physical preparation for Kilimanjaro included trips to Grouse Mountain to work out on the challenging Grouse Mountain Grind, hikes in Manning Park, long walks and 70-kilometre bike trips.
The mature adventures will depart from Vancouver on January 31.
The 62-year-old Tesan called The NOW from Mexico on Skype: "Everybody's just so stoked. We can't wait." He told the media source, "I think it's just a good thing to show that seniors are still really active. It's quite different than my parents' generation. I think it's inspirational that we can do it."