My dream and project is to climb the seven summits.
The seven summits are the highest mountains on each of the seven continents. To reach the summit is considered a challenge of mountaineering; it was originally an idea of the American Richard Bass dating back to the 1980s. To this date in 2016, about 416 people have successfully completed the challenge of the seven summits. Of these, only 14 are Canadians.
Here is the list of the seven summits:
1- Mount Everest / 8850 m/ Asia / Himalaya / Nepal
2- Cerro Aconcagua / 6962 m / South America / Andes
3- McKinley (Denali) / 6194 m / North / America / Alaska Range ( June 23, 2018)
4- Kilimanjaro / 5895 m / Africa / Kilimanjaro / Tanzania ( December 2018)
5- Elbruz / 5642 m / Europe / Caucasus / Russia ( Summer 2019)
6- Mount Vinson / 4892 m / Antarctica / Ellsworth Mountains
7- Pyramid of Carstensz / 4884 m / Australia – New Guinea
What a nice surprise yesterday, I found my video made at the top of Mount Denali 6190m on June 23, 2018, I thought I lost it.WOW beautiful memory, it was an incredible moment filled with emotion and magic.CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary RegionLundbeck Canada IncFédération du sport francophone de l'Alberta (FSFA)Mental Health Commission of Canada, Commission de santé mentale du Canada
Posted by Ma Vie Mon Aventure / My Life My Adventure on Sunday, September 9, 2018
Denali, June 23rd, 2018.
It is hard to describe such a powerful experience with the right words. I have been dreaming for the last fifteen years of climbing high mountains and to take part in a mountaineering expedition. It took us almost a year of planning and preparation to make Denali a reality. It is proof that with courage, determination and patience, everything is possible.
Our adventure on Denali was full of emotions and challenges. We had to battle true blizzards, cold, whiteouts, physical and mentals challenges in order to reach the summit. On many occasions, I questioned myself, when I felt exhausted for the meaning of our quest. During those difficult times, I had to remind myself about my wish to raise mental health awareness and to inspire people to follow their dreams. More then once, I had to remember to stay focus on the present moment, instead of letting my fears and exhaustion take over my mind. I definitely had moments of doubts, but through difficulty, I learned to go beyond my limits. In life, just like in the mountains, it is often through difficult times that the best of us comes out.
I remember reading a quote at the Denali National Park office that said Life is like climbing a mountain… hard to climb, but worth the amazing view from the top. We also have to remember that after the storm, the sunshine will always come out, no matter what!
After fifteen days on the mountain, we were blessed by beautiful weather for our final summit push. The joy I felt when I took those last few steps and reached the summit was so powerful. At that moment, all the pain and struggles we had to endure just vanished, and my heart was filled with joy, love and a strong feeling of accomplishment. In the name of mental health, we had made it. I was standing on the summit of my dream, for all of us that have been affected by mental health at some point in their life.
Through my project Overcoming Mental Illness One Summit at a Time and my story, I hope to help end the stigma around mental health and to inspire people to follow their dreams and passion.
Next Summit, Mt Kilimanjaro from December 5th to December 15th 2018