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Mount Kilimanjaro: Gaining Gratitude

“The evening of the day Brian and his group returned to the hotel in Arusha after their successful Kilimanjaro climb, he sent this photo onward to Carolyn, the daughter of Barb, one of the very proud 26 Calgary Health Trust climbers. Her daughters response, as posted on her Facebook site:

“My mom made it to the top of Kilimanjaro today… Talk about inspirational parenting!”

Barb commented in a recent email to Brian: ‘I cried when I read it – just as I cried when I reached Uhuru Peak’.

Sunrise ascent
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CBC’s The Homestretch: Canada Geese

With the weather cooling off, Homestretch naturalist Brian Keating talks about the annual southern migration of geese.

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2014/10/28/brian-keating-on-geese/

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Children in the Wilderness

Brian Keating proudly supports Children in the Wilderness, a non-profit organization that facilitates sustainable conservation through leadership development and education of rural children in Africa.

Dear Brian,

Thank you so much for your generous donation of Celestron Binoculars to the Children In The Wilderness Programme which we received from our Hwange Camps recently.  Your note indicated that you would like these binoculars to be given to a child on the CITW programme. We work with eight different schools in Hwange, Lukosi, Dete & Victoria Falls (approximately 2815 children) and I’m sure you can appreciate that it’s difficult to try and single out one student over & above the rest, however one of our programmes has included the implementation of Eco Clubs at the schools we work with.  We feel these binoculars would be perfect to donate to a deserving school’s Eco Club so that a group of eco-conscious children can share the benefit of your fabulous gift.  Thank you so much for considering CITW, we really do appreciate your contribution and have no doubt they will bring many hours of joy & enlightenment to the children that are lucky enough to receive them. 

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To learn more visit: http://www.childreninthewilderness.com

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Grizzly Bear Tour featuring Brian Keating

Want to watch some wild grizzly bears? Brian will be the guest naturalist on another one-day bear watching trip next June.

Have a look at this 3 minute video for more information:

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CBC Homestretch: Brian Keating on antlers

Homestretch naturalist Brian Keating joins the CBC from Creston, B.C. to talk about antlers.

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2014/10/20/brian-keating-on-antlers/

Portrait of majestic red deer stag in Autumn Fall

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Brian Keating Returns from Africa!

Homestretch naturalist Brian Keating tells us about a unique species of bird he observed while hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

http://www.cbc.ca/homestretch/columnists/wildlife/2014/10/15/brian-keating-returns-from-africa/

Elephant

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“Places to See Before You Die” An Evening With Brian Keating

 “Let the Adventure Begin”
Kerby Centre Fundraising Gala

Calgary’s own, Brian Keating is a celebrated wildlife expert and world traveler extraordinaire, and he will take you on an adventure to “Places to see before you die.”

November 7 (6:30- 9:30 p.m.)
Kerby Centre, 1133- 7th Ave. Calgary
Canapé/appetizers and cocktail bar

Tickets are $125 each.

To purchase tickets visit www.kerbycentre.com
Or call 403-705-3233

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Mount Kilimanjaro: Conquered!

The Calgary Health Trust Kilimanjaro Climb:  A total SUCCESS !

We awoke at 11 PM for “breakfast” last night after a fitful few hours of trying to sleep, to find it snowing! Fortunately by the time we headed out to begin the climb at midnight, the stars were out and the near-full moon illuminated the white landscape so much that we didn’t have to use our headlamps, until the moon set at 3:30 AM. We summited at 7:30 AM with all 26 of the Calgary Health Trust fund raising participants! 100% success like this is rare on the mountain, but because we had spent 7 days acclimatizing to the high altitude by hiking and camping, our bodies successfully adapted. It was certainly challenging: ice covered rocks, high winds and -15C temperatures made for a tricky ascent. Tonight we will all sleep well.

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Mount Kilimanjaro: 4,1000 meters

We did an equipment test tonight, here at Camp 4 at a place called Karanga, assembling and wearing our summit gear. We then hiked for a short distance until nightfall, and returned by headlamp. But the hike above our camp, located at 4,100 meters, was simply stunning, with the setting sun glistening on the tops of clouds far below us. It was a gift of absolute beauty, and a wonderful end to a fantastic day.

Here is a shore excerpt from my journal:

“We departed early from Camp 3 to avoid the onslaught of porters, which would have made this trail very dangerous. We ascended up the Barranco Wall, a very steep series of narrow, single track switchbacks and tricky rocky sections with some fantastic exposure. This was all enjoyed under a solid blue sky and a backdrop of a dramatic snowy Kilimanjaro mountain, glaciers glimmering in the morning light. A bird highlight: a sighting of a Lammerguyer, the Bearded vulture! We were all at our next camp by 1 PM to enjoy a relaxing afternoon.  Tomorrow night, we begin the big climb.”

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Colobus Monkey, Mount Kilimanjaro

This was a mom and youngster, colobus monkey, from the same group I photographed just before we arrived into camp 1 in the forest.  They are incredibly unique primates because of their digestive system: they feed on leaves!  The problem is, leaves are full of toxins, but the colobus has worked a way around that issue. They have a stomach similar to a cow, allowing for bacteria to neutralize the toxins and extract the nutrients!

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