ALTITUDE: BECOMING AN IDIOT ONE STEP AT A TIME

Oh, the joys of living 230 ft above sea level. Breathing is quite easy for most of us in Ottawa. I never realized I took advantage of oxygen until a simple task like rolling over in my sleeping bag took my breath away. To give you perspective, the elevation of Mount Kilimanjaro is over 19,000…

COMING HOME FROM KILLY IS HORRIBLE AND WONDERFUL

Coming home from a trip is always hard. Getting back into your normal routine, having the same conversations about the same topics that didn’t seem to change while you were away with the same people. Before your trip you didn’t notice it at all but something happened while you were away. Maybe a shift? Maybe…

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF HIKING KILIMANJARO

It has been exactly one week since the Dream Mountains team took our last steps off the beast that is Mount Kilimanjaro.  It’s only been 2 days since the majority of us got back to Canada.  To be honest it hasn’t been the easiest weekend adjusting back to Ottawa life (I’ve woken up twice not knowing…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: ON CTV MORNING LIVE

Check us out on CTV Morning Live! We’re officially t-minus 3 days away from our adventure of a lifetime. Here we chat with Lianne Laing and our co-leader, Jason, about our fundraising efforts, training and how we’re feeling being just days away from Killy! Click here for the video!  

OUR BIG OL’ LIST OF KILLY FEARS

Alright, so we were told in preparation for this adventure that worrying/ overthinking/ an anxious mind would most likely only make things worse. Getting worked up about altitude sickness will probably just end up backfiring. So the title of this blog entry may alarm our hike leaders but let me tell you right now that…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: GEAR WE LOVE

One of the biggest stresses (for me) has been packing/ having the correct gear to get my ass up Kilimanjaro. As a regular hiker, you would think I would have all the right equipment. Wrong. Hiking the Gatineau Hills or a day-hike up a mountain in the Rockies is a tad different than an 8-day…

FUEL- MUSIC + FOOD

What makes a good workout? No, it’s not the head-to-toe matching athleisure getup or the mirror selfie with the perfect lighting (eye roll)… Chances are it begins with your fuel. Food and music are the big ones for me. Let’s start with food. I’m your typical lazy girl with not a whole lot of patience…

IT’S LIT(ERARY)!

Slaughterhouse Five Alright, so I FINALLY read Slaughterhouse Five. (Insert fellow bookies’ gasps here.) It was one of those books that I knew I would eventually read but it kept getting bumped further and further down my ‘to-read’ list by exciting new fiction. The book I read before this one (In A Dark, Dark Wood…

JOURNEY TO KILIMANJARO: TRAINING

We have just under two months before leaving to hike Kilimanjaro – meaning it’s time to step up our training game. As HikeAddicts, we like to hike as much as humanly possible, but we love to cross train and enjoy other activities and sports. When I found out I was doing this hike back in…