Reach­ing the Top

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

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

Photo cour­tesy Bruno Castonguay

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.

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