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Mont Saint-Hilaire – Rocky

Had fun today with my son, Lucas, 8 1/2 years old. An 8.8 km trail, not very high (1300 ft), but we both really enjoyed the trip 😀

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Good to go

The test was clear, I have no problem, and I’m in the top 10% of the population in terms of VO2Max.

So I’m good to go back. The personal trainer gave me some good advice in terms of diets and training. I’ve totally remodeled my training program to work by interval, running from 7km/h to 16km/h 10 times in a row, twice a week, with a long run on Sunday.

Otherwise I’m currently evaluating 2 companies to bring me back on the mountain, and will make my decision very soon.
New target : Dec 24 2010 (!) or Feb 11 2011.

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VO2 Max test next week

VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity) is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual.

Next week I’ll have my VO2 max scientifically calculated. This will help me better know where I am exactly physically, and adjust my training so I can improve this important success factor.

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Making my mind

Still working in defining what route I’ll take.

I’ve eliminated most of the options and 2 are still remaining:

– TK Rongai (Team kilimanjaro Rongai)
Pofu route

Pofu route needs a lot more training and stuff (crampons, ice axe, …), but it’s fairly easy to get this type of training during the winter in Quebec.

TK Rongai sounds a lot more easy which is surely more reasonable knowing that I failed the first time, but the Pofu route seems barely use which creates some kind of natural attraction to my mind.

Interested to join me in one of these 2 routes ?

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Pain de sucre

So yesterday we’ve done a small walk in one of the closest mountain (if you consider this big enough to be call a mountain), at Mt St Hilaire.

Here is a video from the summit (420 meters):

And the route:

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I’ll be back

My decision is now done, I’ll be back on the mountain and will get to the top.

I’ve re-started my physical training, have an appointment with my MD for a full checkup, and I’m reviewing the routes to build a custom route that will bring me to unknown places with a reasonable altitude gain each day.

If you’re reading this text, have already failed climbing the kilimanjaro, and did a come back or thinking seriously about doing a come back, please contact me. I’d love to hear about you and get to know more of your experience.

You can view all our photos at :

This was our camp at Moir Hut

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Here we are, finalizing the content of the rucksack. 20 kg max on the mountain. Without the tent and the food it’s more than enough…

Klm to Amsterdam and then an 8h30 hours flight to Kilimanjaro airport.

47 km later we should be in our hotel Wednesday around 11pm.

Thursday we have not planned anything but to meet our guide and check our gears with him around 17h30 then diner with our climbing partners. The real game will start Friday and…we’ll see.

If I can find a wifi connection in Arusha I’ll try to send a small text with photos from there 🙂

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K Day – 3

Excitement is at his maximum, preparing the gears, reviewing check lists, buying the last items, charging camera batteries, packing the luggages for the kids.

Today I bought “The snows of Kilimanjaro” that I’ve totally forgotten since I read it when I was a lot younger. I’ll keep it to read on the mountain if I have the time for that, it should feel quite special to read that over there.

3 days before departure…yoohoo !

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9 days before departure.

Today I did a walk in a small mountain (very small, First summit 413 m and second one 381 m), but still, did 2 summits, 9.7km going up & down in 2 and a half hour, good pace :D, with my daypack loaded as I expect it to be loaded during the Kilimanjaro climbing (2 liters of water in the Camelback, various stuff…).

The weather was tempting (-4 celcius, sunny most of the time) and the goal was to test some of my gears and myself, both survived successfully !

It started the wrong way with a strong pain in my left foot, but after adjustments in the boot to uncompress my foot this was fixed. Took the opportunity to caliber the altimeter of my Garmin Oregon 400T 3-Inch Touchscreen Handheld GPS Unit with Preloaded Topographic Maps
based on the indications from the park.

Globally this went very well, feel strong and confident 😀

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