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Join us for our show & tell: Sky-High for Roger’s House; Journey to the top of Kilimanjaro

Mission accomplished!   On October 14th 2012, we celebrated our Kilimanjaro climb at Uhuru peak (5,895 metres) and we would love to share this once in a lifetime adventure with the families, friends and vibrant communities that raised our spirits with their overwhelming generosity and support.

Join us on April 26th for our presentation on the Sky-High for Roger’s House adventure as we reveal our grand total of funds raised for the Sens Foundation and showcase pictures and videos of our climb and safaris in the Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater reserves. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm at the Mountain Equipment Co-op store on Wellington Street, and the team will be available after the presentation to discuss their adventure and answer questions.

Register through Eventbrite at: http://skyhighrh.eventbrite.com

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Beverages will be served, and parking is available in the Mountain Equipment Co-op parking lot.


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The Play for Roger’s House Hockey Day boys were AWESOME

The boys of the Play for Roger’s House Hockey Day should be really proud of themselves; not only did they play for 6 hours on the Paladium rink at the Sensplex, they raised over $9,100 for the Sky-High for Roger’s House initiative.

Even in their fourth straight game, they were able to keep up with Senators Alumni Shawn Rivers and Bryan Richardson!

Well done boys! And a special thanks to Shawn and Bryan for their participation! I was a pleasure spending the day with all of you!


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The Play for Roger’s House Hockey Day is coming!

The Sky-High for Roger’s House team is thrilled to invite amateur hockey players to the Play for Roger’s House Hockey Day.

We are looking for about 32 adult hockey players (18 forwards, 12 defence, 2 goalies) to join us in a day of pickup hockey on January 14th at the Bell Sensplex.

We will be playing from 9am to 4pm with an hour break for lunch at noon. Each player that registers for this event is required to fundraise a minimum of $500 for the Sky-High for Roger’s House initiative.

The teams of 16 players (9 forwards, 6 Defence and 1 goalie) will play a series of 50-minute games with a zamboni flood in between games. A lunch will be served as well as snacks and juices between games.

Only 32 spots available! Register today!

Contact Sophie Rosa or Angelo Garcia at skyhigh4rh@gmail.com to register or for more information.

Looking forward to seeing you on the ice!


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A Few Steps for Rogers House

We would like to share with everyone a poem by Gilles Larivee. He composed the poem during the summit climb and as everyone arrived at Stella Point exhausted, we noticed that our “Kili Pace Bunny” was already marching towards the summit at Uhuru peak. At this point Gilles rallied the troups and recited the poem. It was an inspiring and touching moment and I believe, gave us all a little extra shot in the arm to make the final push to the summit.

A short poem By Gilles Larivee First recited at Stella Point Oct 14/2012. Kilimanjaro summit day

A Few Steps for Rogers House

There once was a pace bunny – Mari

Who undertook a special journey

With her brother Angelo

To climb Kilimanjaro

She allowed us to pause

To reflect on this great cause

To drink from the same fountain

As we climbed this beautiful mountain

With this pace bunny we shared a dream

That some day we would all scream

Hakuna Matata!

From the Roof of Africa!


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October 16th, day 10

Excitement is in the air as our last day on Kili has arrived. We meet up for the per-breakfast tea between 6:30 and 7. The camp is particularly loud this morning. The Tusker Trail crew is looking forward to heading home to their families after 9 days of hard work. Every day they would packup the tents, kitchen, fruits and vegetables, portable toilets, jugs of water and zoom by us as we were hiking. By the time we would arriv at our destination, camp was setup, hot tea was there ready to warm us up.

Before departing for our 10 km hike through the rain forest, the crew gets together and begin singing songs. It’s a great way to start the morning. The guides address the team and thanks us for our cooperation throughout the climb. We can’t say enough about Tusker. The guides were very knowledgeable and took great care of everyone . The cooks prepared excellent meals, and the porters got all of the equipment from camp to camp.

We are off for our final hike of the trip. The trail resembles more what we would see back home in the gatineau’s. The rain forest is impressive with lush greenery and massive trees. The trail is muddy and some of the steps fairly steep. We see monkey’s in the trees and stop to watch them as they jump from tree to tree.

We reach the end of the trail and are greeted by individuals selling t-shirts, soap stone bowls, patches and a variety of other nick nacks. We sign the park registry and load up in the land rovers for the short drive back to the hotel.

After 9 days, a shower feels great 🙂 . The camping experience was a lot of fun but it is nice to arrive to a room with a bed. The group meets up for lunch where pizza seems to be the comfort food for many of us. We have a final meeting with the Tusker guides where we receive our certificates for reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro. We say our warm goodbye’s to Thobia, Urio and Stanford and thank them for everything they’ve done for us.

Afterwards, most head out to do some shopping and stock up on water that will be needed for the upcoming safari.

Later that evening, we get together to celebrate with champagne and recount the highlights of our adventure.

It’s an end to the climb… The next 3 days brings on a whole new adventure… A safari 🙂


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October 15th, day 9

Gilles and I woke up at crater camp to a chilly -5 degrees celcius. I can’t say that I slept much… My oxygen level was at 68 (down from high 80’s for most of the trek). A simple toss and turn in the sleeping bag got my heart racing like I was out running the half marathon… Wake up call was at 5:30am and  breakfast at 6am. The sun had just started to rise over Stella point and the camp was warming up to the rays of the sun. Never have I been happier to see the sun in the morning.

We geared up and left camp at 7:15. We hiked along the crater for a few kilometers before heading back up to Stella point. From here, it`s a 3,800 foot drop in elevation back to Barafu camp where we would meet the rest of the group.  The way down is much harder than it looks. A lot of sliding down loose gravel and sand, almost like skiing  but without the snow or skis…. Some of the porters are zooming by us like we were standing still. They carry their own gear plus 30 pounds of equipment on their head or on their shoulders. We made it back to Barafu in two and half hours… many of the porters can make it down in 45 minutes… these guys earn their keep.

Once the group was together, we heard about their descent last night. They descended a bit in the dark using their head lamps, navigating the difficult rocky terrain as they approached Barafu camp. After a 15+ hour day of hiking, supper was the last thing on their mind.

We set off for Mweka camp where we would spend our last night on the mountain. The terrain was mostly rocky and the weather cooperated. No need to use our rain gear today 🙂 We reached Millenium camp along the way and savoured a coke while we paused for a half hour or so… Mweka camp was about an hour away located at the edge of the rain forest. We signed in the park register and set off to our tents.

Supper was good usual and stories of yesterday`s summit climb were shared… It was also found out that the only jar of honey had been sent up to crater with Gilles and I… a few crepes lovers were not too happy this morning… or that the ladies portable toilet had also been sent up to crater camp… the difference between the men`s and women`s portable was that the ladies had a plastic seat to sit their tush on… the men`s had 4 metal bars…. 4 very unimpressed women were at Barafu that night!

The group has meshed well over the past 9 days. New friendships have been formed, and existing bonds strengthened.

Tomorrow is our last day on Kili… a happy sadness lies within us all