Embark Adventures Can Help You Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro Embark + Mazamas + Awesome Porters = Another Successful Climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

 

Despite running into some February snow on the mountain, an Embark group of 11 people all managed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route and Western Breach, our preferred route.

The trip was put together in conjunction with the Mazamas, a Portland, Oregon-based hiking and mountaineering club. Greg Willmarth was the Mazamas organizer.

The above photo was taken at Millennium Camp during the descent of Kilimanjaro. That’s the entire support team, the porters and our team of climbers, who are Greg Willmarth, Allison Greene, Eric Bruckbauer, Stephanie Bruckbauer, Eileen Kiely, Doug Willmarth, Kyle Kruger, Gordy Rubard, Gary “Quin” Ellis, Mike Newsham, and Amad Doratotaj.

Congratulations to all, and thanks for a fantastic trip!

 

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It’s one thing to have to sit in our Portland, Oregon offices, planning awesome adventure trips for other people. But when our founder and owner skips off to lead our Trekking in Patagonia trip, then sends us these amazing photos from his adventures, well … let’s just bask in the glory of Patagonian scenery, try not to be jealous, and then plan on joining a future trek in Patagonia.

Donovan Pacholl started Embark Adventures, and he’s currently in Patagonia on a trip that includes Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Here are a couple of photos he managed to send us before going off the grid for a while:

Trekking in Patagonia to Monte Fitz Roy. Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina. Perito Moreno Glacier in PAtagonia, Argentina The Perito Moreno Glacier

 

As Donovan said, “This is why people come to Patagonia. We saw both Cerro Torre and Monte Fitz Roy on the first day of trek.”

If you want to see more pictures from our Patagonia trekking trips, check out this gallery from the 2013 trip.

 

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In 2013, Embark Adventures announced a new partnership with Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising program at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each year more than 1,600 Team Fox members worldwide turn their passions and interests into unique fundraising events and athletic feats.

This month, Embark helped some Team Fox athletes climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and here is their summit photo:

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Michael J. Fox Foundation Team Fox at the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.

 

Congratulations to this hearty crew!

 

Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet above sea level — the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of Embark’s most popular, least technical mountain climbs in the world. Each participant received a spot on the trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro by committing to raising $10,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Embark Adventures & Expeditions is an adventure travel company based in Portland, Ore., that offers once-in-a-lifetime trips for those who want to explore the most remote corners of the planet while giving back to local communities that make these destinations world-class. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

To learn more about this trip, please visit Team Fox or email athletes@michaeljfox.org.

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We are so thrilled to be offering two trekking in Patagonia trips in 2014 — one in February and one in November. Our trip visits Buenos Aires, the trails around Monte Fitz Roy and the Continental Ice field, and Torres Del Paine National Park in Chile.

And now we’ve just posted some Patagonia trekking photos in our photo gallery. We just thought you should know this, and hope you enjoy looking at them.

Here is one to get you started. To see all the photos, click here. To find out more about the trip, click here to get in touch.

patagonia trekking photos

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Portland, Ore. — Embark Adventures & Expeditions is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, to host a group climb up Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, to raise money for Parkinson’s research. The eight-day climb will take place in January of 2014.

This will be the second Kilimanjaro trip hosted by Team Fox in a series of adventure trips the Fox Foundation hopes to launch, which could include a trip to Everest Base Camp in Nepal in October of 2014. Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet above sea level — the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of Embark’s most popular, least technical mountain climbs in the world. Embark and Team Fox are currently seeking more group participants as they work together to raise money and awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

“I was lucky enough to be a part of the inaugural Kilimanjaro climb with Team Fox in 2012, which was an amazing experience – summit day is one I will never forget,” says Stephanie Paddock, Senior Associate Director of The Michael J. Fox Foundation. “The team together raised more than $100,000 for Parkinson’s research and we are excited to be working with Embark Adventures for our upcoming trip.” Each participant receives a spot on the trip by committing to raising $10,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Embark Adventures & Expeditions is an adventure travel company based in Portland, Ore., that offers once-in-a-lifetime trips for those who want to explore the most remote corners of the planet while giving back to local communities that make these destinations world-class. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

To learn more about this trip, please visit Team Fox or email athletes@michaeljfox.org.

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trekking in patagonia via the New York Times

 

Reading about something as wonderful as trekking in Patagonia always inspires us to “get out there” for ourselves. But on reading this terrific piece in the New York Times on trekking in Patagonia, we thought to ourselves not “We wish we could go there,” but rather “We can’t wait to get there!”

That is for the first time, Embark’s 2013 group trips include a spectacular visit to both the Argentine and Chilean side of Patagonia. We have scheduled our Trekking in Patagonia adventure for November, 2013, and February, 2014.

Patagonia_Trekking by Paul Gerald of Embark

 

Our Trekking in Patagonia trip begins with a day or two of touring in Buenos Aires, then sees us fly to the southern Argentina trekking village of El Chalten. From there, we’ll day-hike into the mighty range of peaks dominated by Monte Fitz Roy, an 11,020-foot tower whose sheer face of more than 6,000 feet makes it one of the world’s most challenging climbs. We’ll also catch views of the Continental Ice Field and even walk on the surface of the sprawling Perito Moreno Glacier (pictured above).

Then it’s over to Chile and onto the famed “W” Circuit trek in Torres del Paine National Park. This is what trekking in Patagonia is all about: hiking hut-to-hut for five days, winding in and out of spectacular mountain valleys, past Grey Glacier, and up the spectacular French Valley (below), surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires.

trekking in Patagonia via livefortheoutdoors.com

 

To find out more about our plans for trekking in Patagonia, and how you can be a part of them, visit our Trekking in Patagonia page.

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Perhaps our favorite trip here at Embark is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route and Western Breach. And this month we were thrilled to help another group successfully make the climb. The Walter group even had great weather, despite it being the rainy season. Good for them!

Here they are, with our awesome porters, looking proud after the climb. To see some more shots from their adventure, check out their photo gallery.

climb mt. kilimanjaro Another happy Embark group!

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