A Balancing Act
The critical ingredient for a successful and fulfilling life is about achieving the right balance in all parts of your life.
“It’s not what you say, but what you do that counts” Corporatemonk
A Journey of a Lifetime
Following on from the success of filling our 2013 Mt Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge in support of Make-A-Wish Australia, we are very excited to launch our 2014 Mt Kilimanjaro Charity Challenges in support of Make-A-Wish. Looking for a change, or challenge in your life, why not challenges yourself to make a difference and join one of Australia’s most experienced mountaineering teams on this fantastic journey and help us raise over $100,000 to help those who need it most. Please contact me if you would like to receive the 2014 information brochure.
Exclusive Mt Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge – October 2014
Picture this. You are 5,895 metres high, on the roof of Africa, just about to take your final steps on to the summit of the ‘Dark Continent’s highest mountain; the beautiful majestic Mt Kilimanjaro. As you reach the summit, the memories, the struggles and tribulations of the past seven days’ adventure come flooding back and culminate into one euphoric emotion. At that moment, the feeling of achievement and success in reaching your goal is almost overwhelming….YOU FEEL ALIVE!!. For the past seven days, you have experienced an array of emotions as you battled and pushed through new personal physical and mental barriers. Having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, it is impossible not to be changed by the experience in a positive way – almost going home a new person. During your journey, you have discovered much more about yourself, your personal strengths……and limitations. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is not just about reaching the summit; it is a journey of self-discovery from the day you make the commitment to do it to the day you return home, the memories and the experience will last a lifetime.
About this adventure
To support Make-A-Wish Australia, adventurers and philanthropists Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer are offering you the opportunity to join this exclusive, fully led from start to finish, charity adventure and life changing experience to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Join the team, raise funds and help us make a difference in the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions and enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. There are only 20 positions available on this adventure, so don’t miss your opportunity to be part of the team on this amazing adventure in support of Make-A-Wish Australia.
Make-A-Wish® Australia – help grant the wishes of children and young people with life threatening medical conditions
Make-A-Wish Australia grants the wishes of seriously-ill children and young people, providing hope, strength and joy when they are needed most. Each year, hundreds of children and teenagers across Australia are affected by life-threatening conditions. Beyond their illness, these children all share a common bond – they all have wishes and hopes for the future. They wish to be doctors and fire-fighters, to go to exotic places or their ancestral homelands. They wish to meet their sports heroes or the world’s most influential business people. Some children wish to have a laptop computer, and others wish for a pet they can share their time and love with. Through the Mt Kilimanjaro Charity Challenge, Peak Potential Charity Adventures will be supporting Make-A-Wish®by raising funds to make wishes come true for those who need them most. We look forward to sharing the enriching work of Make-A-Wish with you.
Why team up with Peak Potential Charity Adventures
Peak Potential Charity Adventures (Referred to as Peak Potential thereafter) was founded by renowned adventurers, philanthropists and human performance advocates, Darren Wise and Shane Pophfer. Darren and Shane have built a solid, well regarded reputation – not just by taking on extreme adventures, but by extracting the most out of their experiences mentally as well as physically. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one, and Darren and Shane will be there every step of the way to encourage and support your journey from start to finish. Previously serving with the Australian Regular Army’s elite airborne battalion as paratroopers, Darren and Shane know what it is like to be part of a high performance team and that cohesive team spirit and effort will emerge victorious in the end.
What sets the Peak Potential Charity Challenges apart from the rest to ensure you are not in the 40% that don’t make the summit:
- We provide 2 Australian guides with extensive high altitude mountaineering experience (Darren & Shane).
- We have extensive experience working with teams and helping individual reach their goals.
- We provide full fitness and health training leading up to the climb and arrange ongoing practice treks & training.
- We ensure the team gets to know each other before the climb, so you know who you are climbing with and you feel like you are part of a team before you depart.
- We provide personalised and individual advice about gear/equipment to ensure that your gear won’t let you down on the mountain.
- We provide medical support on the climb if required being trained Army first response medics.
- We climb with emergency oxygen to ensure you are safe at all times if there were any altitude medical complications.
- We prepare you extensively for the climb mentally, as well as physically.
- We are very passionate and dedicated about getting everyone to the summit safely and back down in a very safe and enjoyable operating environment.
- We provide a unique charity fundraising structure that allows you to be rewarded for your fundraising efforts for Make-A-Wish.
- Best of all, you get to make a difference to the lives of sick and critically ill children at the same time whilst realising your dream.
“If you are thinking of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro with any other guide or company, please for your own safety and to maximise your chance to summit, ensure they can match the above…”
How to become part of the team
Please contact Darren on 0410 569 692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further queries or questions.
This photo is from my recent visit to Darling Harbour. I just love the way the bow of HMAS Vampire is designed, purposely built for pure speed and efficiency to cut through the ocean’s waves with ease to get it to its destination. I guess it is not called a destroyer for no reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if our attitude to life always had the same consistent and permanent design to cut through the negative waves in life? Me included; I am sure many of us go from being the bow of this destroyer, to being the bow of a blow up raft. I believe the key word is consistency, if we just try to have an attitude like a destroyer more times than a blow up raft, we will cover much more distance by cutting efficiently through life’s waves to reach our ultimate destination.
Shane is blending in nicely on the rock in this photo with the beautiful south face of Mt Aconcagua, which is in Argentina in the background. We were pretty tired at this point after battled the aftermath of the Chile earth quakes just days before to even get to this point in the expedition…..but that is another story. For us, this was just the beginning of our adventure in trying to reach the summit of this great mountain, which stands almost 23,000 feet high and is the highest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Mt Aconcagua was going to be number 2 in our 7 Summits quest.
After climbing Mt Aconcagua, we were going to rest for about a week and head over to Russia to attempt to summit Mt Elbrus. It was going to work out that with the 2 mountains that we would have climbed over 45,000 feet and travelled 27,000 miles around the world in 5 weeks to complete both mountains. I can tell you by the end of the expedition, we were very tired.
I just love this landmark in Sydney; it has been 77 years since the Luna Park fun park in Sydney Australia was built, and this dude is still smiling his head off. He kind of freaks me out a bit at night though. It is not that easy taking night photos because you can get a lot of background noise and some flaring with the overexposed lighting. I hope I am still smiling when I am 77, but I guess that is up to me.
In our lives, there are moments when we just don’t feel like smiling….that is okay because some moments are truly sad and unhappy, but what makes a huge difference is how much we start to feel that way. Very simply, life is just a matter of personal perception; you make each moment what it is, good or bad. If you really think about it, most moments can have a positive aspect, but we just choose sometimes to focus on the negative aspects….so keep smiling and you will start to feel happier anyway :0).
“It is sometime hard to see the light until you have walked in the darkness.” Corporatemonk
This photo was taken by our teammate Erik of the summit ridge on Denali (Mt McKinley) which is the highest mountain in North America and is located in Alaska. Our altitude on the summit ridge was around 20,200ft. Denali is considered by some climbers to be the coldest mountain on Earth. To make it on to the summit ridge, there is a steep snow covered hill called “Pig Hill,” and it does live up to its name.