@ Sunday, Apr. 28, 2013 – 12:22:08 am
@ Thursday, Apr. 25, 2013 – 11:52:22 pm
Fram's Mount Marcy Pictures
@ Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013 – 03:37:37 am
@ Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013 – 12:39:32 am
SET The Date - May 9th ASCENT
The date has been set for this year's ASCENT Event.
Location: Keystorm, Brockville, Ontario
Fund Raiser : Dream Mountains Foundation , Climbers Randy McCaugherty & Kevin Preston
7 Summit Charity: Colon Cancer
Goal: 2 Climbers have set a goal of $5000 each, one step at a time let's help them with this part of the ASCENT.
To donate right now with your credit card online, go to the sponsor page and getere done
@ Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013 – 12:17:47 am
Randy McCaugherty , Profile on EON - To Climb Machu Picchu
A great article on Randy's adventure to climb Machu Picchu and raise funds for Colon Cancer ~ Tim
To Donate , click below, every dollar helps reach one step at a time!
MCCAUGHERTY TO TACKLE THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU TO HELP CANCER VICTIMS
Category: Brockville & Elizabethtown/Kitley
Created on Saturday, 13 April 2013 15:10
Written by Mark Calder - UCDSB
Brockville – A computer technologist with the Upper Canada District School Board is travelling to the wilds of Peru to visit an ancient Incan city to help those struggling with cancer.
Randy McCaugherty will participate in a Dream Mountains Foundation tour of the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu – the remains of a 15th-century Incan city built in the jungle to hide from Spanish invaders. McCaugherty is hiking the 46-kilometre trail and visiting the ancient city as part of a Dream Mountains Foundation tour. Dream Mountains is an Ottawa-based charity that encourages sponsored adventure travel to raise funds for charities ranging from Ride for Dad to Habitat for Humanity. The charity is run by McCaugherty’s close friend Shawn Dawson, an Ottawa-based businessman and adventurer. Dawson, a Brockville native, is only the 8th person in history to summit the highest mountains in seven continents in two years – including Mount Everest.
McCaugherty is raising funds for Colon Cancer Canada to support a cousin, who is currently recovering from the disease. A friend also recently died from colon cancer at the age of 45, so raising cash for prevention and a cure is something close to McCaugherty’s heart. He will leave for Peru on June 12 and has until then to raise $5,000 for the charity.
“I’m also inspired by what Shawn (Dawson) has done with his life – climbing Mount Everest,” he said of his reason for participating. “I understand from him how difficult that was and I’m very impressed by what he has accomplished. I want that kind of adventure.”
He also hopes to act as a role model for sons Chadd, 17, and Cole, 13 – to teach them the value of preparation and perseverance to achieve a goal. Taking on the rugged trail with its physical challenges seemed a great way to show his boys the value of those traits.
“I just want to show them that if you put your mind to something you can do it,” said McCaugherty.
The 46-year-old has seen some of the world’s most fascinating man-made wonders, such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, but has never seen an Incan city, nor climbed a mountain.
He is also looking forward to the athletic challenge. Being a father of two, for the past few years his involvement with sports has been as a coach of his sons’ minor hockey teams.
He is working hard to get fit enough to tackle the trail, which reaches elevations as high as 13,800 feet. His training regimen includes stair work at Brockville Collegiate Institute every second day. He warms up on a spin bike for five minutes then spends 50 minutes running up four flights of stairs at BCI, and then hopping up the same flights on one leg – alternating between left and right – to build cardiovascular stamina and leg strength. He scales the equivalent of 80 flights of stairs each workout.
The trip will not be cheap. While he is working to benefit a charity, his personal financial outlay is significant. McCaugherty is spending about $3,000 to take the adventure and cover all of his own expenses.
He hopes that the community will support the trek. He is working with the Keystorm Pub on planning a fundraising night for Colon Cancer Canada to help him reach his $5,000 goal. People can also donate by logging on to the Dream Mountains Foundation website at the following link:
(*Please see “Team Picchu” and click on Randy McCaugherty for information and to donate.)
@ Monday, Apr. 15, 2013 – 02:03:45 am
Thanks Nick, another great shopping experience at Bushtukah this afternoon in Ottawa. Got to meet Nick. Nick's grand father has a little history in Brockville, sponsoring a child from Belarus and making arrangements through the trucking industry , via Kriska for CAC. Small world. Nick did a hike to Mount Marcy and remembers it to be a long, hard hike. Next weekend I will be going back to New York with the Dream Team to once again be challenged, hope I can walk the next day. Last time it was good three days before I could walk, the fun of climbing
Nick gave us real good service and we got some updates for future travels. Got my green wind breaker, in celebration of the 4-H climb that I am planning for Nov 2015 in celebration of 100 Years of 4-H in Ontario.
Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State, with an elevation of 5,343 feet (1,629 m )
@ Saturday, Apr. 13, 2013 – 04:19:25 pm
The 2013 Dream Team Climber
June 3rd to June 13th
Michelle Anne Olsen
June 12th to June 22nd
Be an online sponsor, click through http://www.dreammountains.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=97&Itemid=73
The team's leave for the heights in June, Machu Puchu
@ Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 – 01:10:12 am
Memory Lane April 8 2011 - Kilimanjaro Summit
It's been 2 years yesterday, time re watch the video
2011 Dream Team Kilimanjaro Video
This is about 20 min long, documentary on our Kili Climb, It is pretty neat, incredible actually. It documents part of our adventure day by day.
Other Video Of Interest
http://vimeo.com/36600100 Stella Point April 8,2011
Invitation to Everest Base Camp with my personal reflections near end of article http://foundation.blog.ca/2012/02/10/climbing-opportunity-dream-mountains-12739529/
I have set a goal to return to Kilimanjaro in 2015 in celebration of a number of anniversary's that are happening that year. Between Nov 8th and Nov 17th 2015 is the date's I'm aiming for. Goal $100,000 for 4-H Ontario Micro Credit Project. ~ Tim
@ Thursday, Apr. 04, 2013 – 02:02:16 am
As mentioned in a previous blog, we purchased a shower, hot water heater and clothes washer for the Dream Mountains Crisis Centre. Today we stopped by for a tour and they already have them installed.
Some good pictures of climber Jann Smith in these updates
@ Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013 – 01:35:31 am
Yesterday we had a meeting with the administrators of our Dream Mountains Crisis Centre for Woman and Children. We reviewed how things have been working and what things needed to be finished. Here, Tatiana from Social Services, presents Dave with a good luck tree in appreciation for the work that has been done.
Afterwards we went to Mogilev and purchased a shower, a clothes washer and a water heater for the Crisis Centre. Here Dave, Jon and Natasha look at one of the shower units in a brand new store that just opened in Mogilev. It is very much like our Home Depot.
Jeff Earle helped the Brockville Dream Team raised 10 fridges for the hospital in Chausy, We have now rasied 12 fridges in total now and have another 10 to finish the committment. Each fridge is $350
If you would like to contribute towards this, you can make an online donation at this link or get a chq to Canadian Aid For Chernobyl. Select Dream Mountains Crisis Center and note for fridges or climbing wall
Jeff will be supervising the deliver of the fridges and will also be doing some inspection and measurement for the climbing wall that the team committed to in anticpation of having it installed in the fall for the kids at the orphanage.
@ Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013 – 03:35:34 am
Countdown to Machu Picchu
Emilie is one of the climbers going with Shawn to Machu Picchu, follower her on her journey and the countdown.
Hello to anyone reading this!
I've decided to start a blog about the things I'm doing in advance of my trip coming up in June. Time sure flies by fast. It feels like just yesterday I was registering to do this, and here I am, within 3 months of getting on the plane!!! ~ Emilie
Donate to her charity : HABITAT FOR HUMANITY NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION - Ottawa
Emilie Lang Team Machu 2013
I greatly admire the work done by Habitat for Humanity, and I feel what they do is very important and highly valued, particularly by those that are aware of the housing problems that exist here and in other parts of the world. My hope is that through your support and sponsorship, you’ll become part of this experience, which will no doubt be an epic voyage!
With Thanks & Gratitude
@ Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013 – 01:16:01 amPeru
Presentation at ATC, Ottawa
Fram Engineer attended, Darren Prashad , Kristina Boyce GM for the 8 offices, division of Merit Travel
Cuzco, Andes Mountains 2000 m
Rain forest, Andes, Desert ( coast/planes)
May to Sept best
Dec to March - Rain
Mix for rest
Trekking the Inca Tour
Lima, coastline walking paths, history, lovers park, Larco Mar peruvian market
Great high end culinary tour, Potato is king, 300 varieties, it was discovered there. Pisco brandy, sea base, a gourmet central
Ceviche ( seafood), Lomo Saltado, Rocoto Relleno, Alpaca. The 4 famous dishes, plus Guinea Pig (cool deliciously, 100 dollars) , Anticuchos ( barbeque beef heart)
Paracas, desert plain, dune buggy's, 4x4, stunning ocean views, sand boarding
Ballestas Island, the poor mans Gallaposis
Lots of luxury along the way
Nazca, the alien writings,
Colca Canyon, acclimatize's you
Lake Titicaca - Uros, home stays, man made islands, real true experience
Cuzco, center of Inca Empire, set in massive mountains, lots of tourists, lots of variety in accommodations, starting point for Macchu Piccu
Moras and Moray Day trips
The Sacred Valley, follows the sacred river, lots of catchwind dialic culture, it is a sustainable program
Cuzco is higher than Macchu Piccu for altitude, spend a couple days in Cuzco for sure, lots to do there
Inca trail, is a 4 day trek, highly regulated
500 permits a day, includes support porters, etc
Day 1 2680 , ruins all alond the way, 20 kilo limits for porters, lovely wonderful people,
Day 2 4198. The challenge, dead womens pass, 4-6 hrs straight up hill, camp at 3600 or 3800
1-1600 CAD, 7 day Inca trail
Stair master day, walking poles, take breaks,remember where you are, take your pictures and get down fast, it is freezing up there, down is sometimes more challenging than the ups,
Snow cap mountains surround you, wake up to the sunrise
Day 3 , the reason you do it
Trekking day seems easy now, explore the incredible ruins, Forever Young, massive intricate sight
Day 4, 3:30 and, MP at 6 am , before tourists get there, just after sunrise
The gringro killer, really steep, incredible view,
Then you go down, 3 hrs to see there or a bit longer, take Peru Rail down.
You can trek up the little mountain that is there as well, need a permit in advance.
Go with a guide, get the details
Direct flights from Toronto, ottawa toronto then 8 hour direct flight
1200 to 1600 return, Air Canada
Small groups can be customized
In a tour you get to meet lots of people, fun way
1-1600 CAD. 7 day Inca Trail
1499 G Adventures 15% disc
Ecudaor / Galapagos Bucket list Double Check, free airfare
Bolivia, Colombia, anywhere in South Central America is an easy connection
Feb 14, meet Minji, tour leader from Asia
Temperature. 10 C , freezing at night, considered cold
Walking poles required
Altitude pills ok, may not be necessary, have it with you.
Communicate, that is the key in altitude, how you are feeling,
6 kilo porter will carry for you.
26 miles start to finish at top
Big steps on the trail
Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
Envoyˆm sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le rˆmseau de Bell.
@ Wednesday, Feb. 06, 2013 – 02:57:30 am
Interviews Nina & Dave - Brockville Dream Team
@ Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 – 07:57:30 pm
Hello Dream Team, Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp , just extending an invitation to join the Brockville Climbers for a special get together this Friday at Stuart's.
We have a special guest , Nina Koltunova, she was one of our interpreters in Belarus for CAC this fall when a number of climbers from Brockville went there to open the Dream Mountains Women & Children Crisis Centre.
Stuart and Tammy are opening their home up and everything is a go for this Friday the 25th, starting around 6:30 pm. Tammy is going to make her famous lasagna and chilli.
We are also going to be talking about our fundraising ideas for a climbing wall for the orphanage and 21 fridges for the hospital in Belarus.
Stuart has lots of room and we would love to see everyone that can make it. There is some on the list here that might be a big ask, and we understand if travel is an issue. Ottawa folks, we hope you can figure out some car pooling, I have heard stories of people crashing at Stuart's, so I'm sure there is no change in that can't get off the floor policy. I understand Kevin is coming, and the Beveridge boys might be making an appearance. Hope I haven't missed anyone, if I have, well, extend the invite to them. Also, I do not have the new climbers for Machu Picchu , please extend invite to them.
FB message or call me direct 613-213-4625 if any questions , or likewise for Stuart, his cell is 613-498-5123
If you could confirm back on this thread that might be the best, that way we will all be in the loop and Tammy will know how many steers she has to grind up for that chili.
Directions 333 County Road 5 Mallorytown ON K0E1R0 , google for a map
Just a note Shawn is not going to be making it, we spoke and I understand he is in Dominica Republic and he encourages the team to make the journey to meet Nina and have a little get together as the Dream Team
Also think Stuart will like some numbers as he will likely want to be sure the proper amount of official Belarus beverage known as Vodka is available for those that wish to make a toast in his honor.
One final update, I have nominated Shawn for an Honorary Diploma from St Lawrence College this week. Here is the link to that nomination letter. If you have anything to add, please FB me direct your comments / stories and I will include that on the site.
Thanks ~ Tim
One Step At A Time!
Directions 333 County Road 5 Mallorytown ON K0E1R0
@ Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 – 05:19:05 am
Some Media Links of Shawn's Journey - Dream Mountains
Keeps Moving Forward
Climbs Mount Everest
Starts Building Team Dream for Dream Mountains Foundation
Shares his story and raises funds for CAC
Leads Team to Kilimanjaro - Part of Historic Seven Summits Climb
Makes Sure His Team Reaches Their Goal and Gets Them Home Safely
Accomplishes Major Sport Adventurer Goal - Seven Summits
New Member to Elite Group
Operates Successful Ottawa Business
Leads Team to Everest Base Camp
Motivates team to raise funds for great causes
Shares his story and inspires service organizations
Leads Team to Maccu Picchu Peru
Influence results in International Charity Work Accomplished
Influence Team Member to World Class Video Production Award Nomimination
Shawn Dawson,Dream Mountains,Nomination
@ Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 – 01:05:38 pm
Nomination Shawn Dawson
I was reading the St. Lawrence College call for nominations for honourary diploma recipients the other day so I thought I would check it out. I was at the college when Dave Jones and Paul Fournier got their awards a few years ago and it was a proud moment, 2 men I greatly respect. So when I was browsing some of the recent awards I came across Nancy Stevens profile by Stephen Petrick and as I read her profile, it hit me. Shawn would be a perfect candidate for this award.
Nancy Stevens offers simple advice for graduating students who hope to make a difference in the world. “If your heart and soul is into something, you have to do it,” said Stevens, the founder of Kenya Help
I immediately seen a number of similarities and thought of Shawn. Shawn is a self proclaimed graduate of "The School of Hard Knocks". That school has taught him a lot, a lot more than most people can imagine. He proved this when he set a goal to climb the 7 Summits of the World a couple years ago and joined an elite group of individuals, less than 300 people in the whole world have every done what he did and he did it in record time, less than 2 years making him the 8th person in the world to achieve this goal. To accomplish this he was tested in all areas of his life, physically, leadership, mentally, financially, spiritually and more ways that 99.999999999999999999999999 % of people can not even imagine I am sure.
Shawn climbed with purpose and formed the Dream Mountains Foundation to ensure that in case he did not make it back ( meaning died trying ) he would leave a legacy, and since he did make it back, he went on and inspired others in our community, provincially, and nationally to join him on his adventures and raised over $170,000 in the process. This year the goal is to raise $150,000 with Dream Team Machu Picchu 2013 It's a big challenge, but not too big for the kind of people who have set their sights on trekking the world famous Inca Trail to find the mysterious “Lost City of Peru! Leading, Educating, Inspiring, Encouraging 28 more people to pursue "One Step At A Time"
When Canadian businessman Shawn Dawson set out to climb the highest peak on each of the seven continents he felt that it would be more meaningful if his quest was part of a larger goal. He chose seven charities that reflect the mantra that helped him make the tough climb up to the top of Mount Everest, "one step at a time."
Shawn is the founder of the Dream Mountains Foundation and has become the 8th person in history to summit the highest mountain on every continent including Mount Everest in under 2 years. Shawn also led the 2011 Kilimanjaro & 2012 Everest Base Camp Dream Teams to a 100% Summit success on the mountains and together the teams have raised over $170,000 for the 7 charities.
Dream Mountains supports these Charities:
Habitat for Humanity – builds houses and schools around the world
Canadian Aid for Chernobyl -- medical aid and respite for children affected by the world's worst nuclear disaster
Watercan -- clean water, basic sanitation, and hygiene education
CARE – strengthens capacity for self-help and delivers relief in emergencies
SOS Children's Villages -- caring for orphaned and abandoned children
Ottawa School Breakfast Program – nourishing breakfasts for at-risk school children
Dreams Take Flight -- helping sick children realize their dreams
Colon Cancer Canada
Ride For Dad (Prostate Cancer)
"Do you have a dream? How high does it go?" Dream Mountains Foundation raises funds for charities focused on education, opportunity, and compassion.
Dream Mountains Crisis Center was established in Belarus. The first women's shelter in the country, modeled after Interval House. Grand opening Sept 2012.
Other key sites of special interest
http://dreammountainsadventures.blog.ca/2012/08/09/video-everest-base-camp-treck-may-2-14431542/ ( see Part 2, 7 min in for group arriving at base camp )
Being on the mountain with Shawn I can vouch for his leadership ability. Shawn inspired me and others to dig down deep and do all that we could do, and more. When you can not take another step cause it just hurts so much, the muscles don't work, Shawn challenged you forward, to be more than you thought you could, and you did it. There was some moments which would bring a tear to your eye, that he came along beside you and that made all the difference, to say it was hard at times, means hard, he got me through that pain and we made it. Shawn has a Masters from Hard Knocks, a PHD in Inspiration, a Doctorate in Believe,he took some night courses in Vision, and if you ever need to deliver a message, he is the Trusted Courier. So on behalf of all the other climbers on the Dream Team's I can confidently say we had an amazing journey of hope, discovery and adventure because of Shawn. "One Step At A Time"
Now, I better go get that application and figure out what they want to know. ~ Tim
Link to College Site for Nominations
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.' I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
In closing, I watched this video with a friend of mine the other day, and it reminded me of the challenge we all face as we climb the mountains in our life.
Be challenged, don't quit, you can do it.
I know, because I did.
On the mountain, the team encourages you, the leader, he comes beside you, he walks in your steps and encourages you to dig down deep, to find your reason, that will drive you, to go forward, one step at a time. Then as you get close, and you find you are all alone, your guides got your back, but in the end, it's come down to you. One step at a time. It took everthing I had, beyond what I could do, but in the end, I did it." - Timothy Ross, Climber with Dream Mountains Foundation, Kilimanjaro Dream Team 2011, Sumitted April 8, 2011 10am. Stella Point, Kilimanjaro 5756 M (18884 ft) Certificate # 06310
If you need a reason not to do it, I know a bunch, there is more reasons not to do it,the reasons not to do it are free, they will cost you nothing and will not challenge you. Money, time, family concerns, health, fitness levels, other plans, and frankly good old fashion fear is up there too, self talk like "I could never do it" can hold you back,blow out a dream before you have given it a chance, but I know 31 other climbers that became my friends on my journey that did it, and you can to.
When you decide to just do it, something special will happen in your life. You will be one of the few, you will have steped out of your comfort zone, stepped up to an amazing opportunity and challenge. You will be putting yourself out there. You will have your challenges and you will know that you are part of a team dedicated to helping each other make it. It will be a unique experience, an perhaps the adventure of a life time. So if the thought of this pulls on you in any way,check it out, do it, just do it, life is short and you never know, so do it, accept the challenge and go for it. Hakuna matata
Thank You and God Bless
Yours in philanthropy
One Step At A Time!
@ Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 – 05:03:46 am
nice nomination Garry!
proud to know you Garry, thanks for the bragging rights, my friend Garry
Hahahahaha....the honour is mine Mr. Kilimanjaro! I tell your story to anyone who says they can't do it!
thanks , I guess I almost died, I didn't realize it, but I had 5 guides on the way back, I thought I had 4, glad they had a little faith in me since I didn't need 6, 6 would not have been good
watching the video, brings it all back
I think I would like to go back and get those extra 139 metre under my feet some day, reflecting, just being there and really not thinking about anything else but the moment, that would be worth it, one thing on the mountain, your in the moment and the rest of your problems are far far away. Like to see the glaciers and explore the crater
I hear ya Tim. I hear ya. I'm out. Have a great night!
cheers, right back to you, chat again!
@ Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 – 05:00:11 am
Our fellow climber on Kilimanjaro, Garry Tuttle is honoured
Congratulations to Insight Productions and the whole editorial team from Canada Sings Season #1. We scored a Canadian Screen Award (The new Gemini Awards) for Best Picture Editing in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series. Canada Sings is a six-part series that brings together everyday working Canadians from some of the most dynamic workplaces in the country to form extraordinary glee clubs and compete. Every week, two teams face off, singing and dancing their hearts out for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity that ignites their passion. The series airs on Global TV in Canada.
Be sure and watch the video of Kilimanjaro, it is good to simply watch over, brings it all back.
Chatted with Garry tonight and it was great to reflect. Neat to having bragging rights, say do you know what our friend Gary achieved ?
History folks, we where part of history, climbing with Shawn Dawson, 8th person in the world to achieve the 7 summits in less in 2 years, we are part of that legacy climb!
All The Best In 2013!
One Step At A Time
Garry Tutte,CSA,Nomination,Dream Mountains,Kilimanjaro