Our schedule in Tanzania to the top of Kilimanjaro

We are getting ready to leave.

First, the best link to follow us up the mountain, thanks to Liam McGuire is http://www.arcgis.com/apps/PublicInformation/index.html?appid=e3126e57c52742beb635da29589b6de2

Here is our itinerary while in Tanzania:

Day 1 | Mar. 31, 2017 TEAM ARRIVAL DAY Pickup at the airport and drive to hotel. Overnight at Springlands Hotel.

Day 2 | Apr. 1, 2017 (B)Rest/prep day, optional city tour included. Overnight at Springlands Hotel.

Day 3 | Apr. 2, 2017 (B,L,D)Start at the Machame Gate (1,490 m/4,890 ft) where the group will register and begin climbing to Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft). Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 18 km Rainforest Zone


Day 4 | Apr. 3, 2017 (B,L,D)Machame Camp (2,980 m/9,780 ft) to Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft). Hiking time: 6 hours Distance: About 9 km Lower Alpine Moorland Zone

Day 5 | Apr. 4, 2017 (B,L,D)Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft). Full day acclimatization. Habitat: Moorland

Day 6 | Apr. 5, 2017 (B,L,D)Shira Camp (3,840 m/12,600 ft) to Lava Tower (4,630 m/15,190 ft) to Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) 15 km, 7 hours. Habitat: Semi-Desert

Day 7 | Apr. 6, 2017 (B,L,D)Barranco Camp (3,950 m/12,960 ft) to Karanga Valley Camp for acclimatization.

Day 8 | Apr. 7, 2017 (B,L,D)Karanga valley camp to Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft).Hiking time: 7 hours Distance: About 13 km Habitat: Alpine desert

Day 9 | Apr. 8, 2017 (B,L,D)SUMMIT DAY! Barafu Camp (4,550 m/14,930 ft) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 m/19,340 ft) to Mweka (3,100 m/10,170 ft). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka Distance: About 7 km’s ascent, 23 km’s descent Habitat: Stone scree and ice-capped summit

Day 10 | Apr. 9, 2017 (B,L)Final descent, Mweka camp (3,100 m/10,170 ft), Mweka Gate (1,980 m/6,500 ft). Hiking/Descend time: 3 hours Distance: Approx. 15 km Transfer to Springlands Hotel in Moshi town for a much deserved celebration. Overnight Springlands Hotel.

From here, some of the group will return home and some will stay a few more days to take part in a safari.

I can’t guarantee beautiful photos like the one in this blog, but I will do my best to take shots and blog whenever possible and feasible.

Now it’s time to put on the packs and get going!

34 Days to Go!!

Now we are getting close!!

This is the 3D map I will be using to track my progress on InReach – the map should get updated every day of the climb.
34 days until we depart for the climb and $820.00 away from making it to our goal of $8000.00 for Rec Link. That’s just $24.11 a day to make it! If you haven’t donated yet – please click below and make a contribution to help kids here in Ottawa.
Here is the link:  http://bit.ly/2bwIrnT
Here is the link to find me on the mountain using the INReach site – https://share.garmin.com/PaulMcGuire
Either way, this will be as interactive as I can make it – if you follow the journey, please make sure you are a true partner in this venture by making a donation for kids in Ottawa.
Really looking forward to sharing this with you and at the same time making a significant contribution to a really effective agency here in Ottawa






Writing Obama Blog Post # 8

“I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.”

—President Barack Obama, January 10, 2017

We need some hope.

Today, I found the link to President Obama’s new Twitter account and his foundation page. It starts with a really positive message.

When you go through the site, you are asked a few questions on what kind of positive initiative you would like to see happen. You are also asked to add an image and write about why it is important to you. I wrote this.

I think a good citizen is someone who contributes in a positive way to make things better for those in their community.  That community could be your neighbourhood, city, country or the entire world. We can all make a positive difference if we want to.



I am part of a group that will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in March 2017.  I love this project because we get the adventure of a lifetime and at the same time, we raise money for a charity of our choice – mine is Rec LINK, a small organization that helps families in poor neighbourhoods access recreational services.

It would be great to do something like this in Guatemala or El Salvador – places more people need to explore and learn about.

That’s it – I got to write the President about Dream Mountains and its potential to continue to match adventure and social justice – something I really hope will happen in the future.

I am really glad he asked.

Climbing Kilimanjaro Post # 1

As my first of 31 posts in 31 days, it makes sense to start with future plans.  This blog is names ‘Teach Talk’ and this has been my main vehicle to write about education issues and projects.  This really is no different, the trip to Kilimanjaro will raise money for kids in our school neighbourhood, helping them to get involved in recreation programming in their neighbourhood.  I also plan to use different forms of communication technology to reach back into the classrooms that I can link to.

So, here is #1 – the beginning of the next adventure.


Hello Everyone!!

In 95 days, I will be setting out on a brand new adventure.  I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with a wonderful group of Adventurers led by Shawn Dawson.

I am writing this post for a  variety of reasons.  Some of you have already donated on my fundraising page – thanks so much!  I am already at 48% of my goal of $5000.00.  All this money will go to the Sens Foundation and then directly to Rec Link – a wonderful organization that supports kids and families in the Dalhousie, Ottawa Center West neighbourhoods.  I want to thank all of you for helping me get half way there!


For you and all future supporters, I created this email group so I can let you know how the climb goes.  I have invested in all sorts of communication technology that I will use to connect to students in schools.  My main platform to tell our story is produced by ESRI and you can access it here.  This is a work in progress and I want to publically thank ESRI for all the wonderful support they have given me.


Finally, I am looking for your support.  You can join us for our January 27th (Friday) Gala Fundraiser Retirement Party (see above).  Tickets are $25.00 and if you register on-line, we will get tickets to you and you will get a tax receipt!

This promises to be a wonderful night with live music and a great silent auction.

Many of you have supported me on past projects like the Aviva Community Foundation – you are a great, dynamic group that in the past has allowed me to raise $140,000.00 for St. Anthony School.  Now, I would love you to join me on this great adventure and contribute to a really important organization.

Thanks so much for reading this and for your support!!