Aly Madhavji, 22, graduated from the University of Toronto Mississauga last June with a Bachelor of Commerce and a month later headed to East Africa where his parents were born. For weeks, he had been preparing for the tortuous and sometimes dangerous climb up Kilimanjaro – the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres.
Preparation involved going on 10 kilometre runs and walking instead of taking the subway, but he actually had been preparing for most of his life. He was born in Burnaby, B.C., and then lived near the foot of Grouse Mountain in Vancouver. He hiked up that mountain and the one in Whistler as a kid and took part in a 50 kilometre trek in northern B.C.