Reaching the Top
Our readers who are familiar with the astronomy articles written by Stanstead Journal contributor Bruno Castonguay might not be too surprised to hear that he is planning a trip to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and bringing a telescope with him. But what is
surprising is that he’ll be taking the trip with fifteen other Townshippers to raise money for the
“This fund is for people who are undergoing cancer treatments but can’t afford to stop working. All of the money we raise goes directly to these people – there are no administration fees,” explained Mr. Castonguay in an interview with the Stanstead Journal.
“The trip will take about two weeks. We’ll go on a safari in the savannah and we’ll have to get used to the altitude,” said Bruno. Once the group is ready for the climb, they will take the long route that goes all the way around the 19,340 foot high mountain. “It takes six days to climb and two days to come down. For the final climb to the top we’ll leave in the middle of the night to arrive at the summit at sunrise.”
The group will only spend forty-five minutes at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, a giant volcano with three volcanic cones, two of them extinct while the third is dormant. “There is a glacier on top of the mountain that is shrinking. They say that in twenty years it will be gone.”
Bruno will make the climb with the help of three Sherpas. “We need to bring a tent, food and water for eight days, and my telescope.” On the way up he’s planning to do some stargazing. “We’ll be in the Southern Hemisphere so it will be a different sky and there will be no lights. For the first time I’ll be
Bruno Castonguay poses with his daughter Malena, who is helping him with his training, on the summit of Mont Oak in Serpentine-de-coleraine ecological reserve near Thetford Mines.