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Paul McGuire
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I am a retired principal in Ottawa and currently getting ready to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in March 2017
I am a retired principal in Ottawa and currently getting ready to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in March 2017

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Time for the Catholic Church to get out of education - one of the many factors affecting education in Ontario

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In today’s education system, in which budgets, curriculum and teaching credentials are handled at the provincial level, school boards are an an anachronism and have few substantive responsibilities. Most of what they do could be transferred to individual…

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Every day new impressions come to me about the Dream Mountains Kilimanjaro experience. Today I am thinking about the importance of team in our success in making it up the mountain. Team is something that Shawn Dawson and the other leaders emphasized…

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On Mt. Kilimanjaro, we climbed for 8 days, usually 6-8 hours a day, not including the 16-hour summit day. That gives a climber lots of time to think. Now that I am back in Canada, I am trying to put together some of the lessons I have learned while on the…

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Very early in the morning (around midnight), we begin our push to the summit. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek. The wind and cold at this elevation and time of day can be extreme. We ascend in the darkness for…

Our route to the top of Kilimanjaro

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Climbing the Barranco Wall //embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Technical climbing Climbing involving a rope and some means of protection, as opposed to scrambling or glacier travel. Barranco Wall was one of many great challenges on our climb up Mt.…

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Why did you climb Kilimanjaro? This is a question many climbers may be asked in the next few weeks. It was gruelling and the climb tested our physical and emotional limits. Why did we do it? There may be many reasons, but for everyone, part of the reason…

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Thank-you Over the 8 days of our climb to the summit of Kilimanjaro, asante sana became one of the essential Swahili  phrases we all learned. Asante sana to all our wonderful guides and porters – all 93 of them. Our guides and porters all came from Zara…

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The climb is over and the group is in the process of returning home to Canada. The climb was a great success and almost the entire group summited on the night of April 8th after gruelling night ascent. There is so much to write about – our wonderful…
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