PLEASE NOTE: Donations are being accepted until Friday September 8.
All funds raised will be split 50/50 between the International Bipolar Foundation and the Rotary Club of Banff.
$2824 raised as of September 19, 2017. NOTE: a local artist is currently painting a new piece to be donated towards our fundraising efforts. We’ll be doing an online auction as soon as it’s completed. Stay tuned!
We are truly grateful to the following people and companies for all of their support!!
Jim Kwan at Defending Awesome Shirts – customized graphic design for our poster and custom t-shirts for Saki, Tyler and myself
Lululemon Banff – gave the three of us shirts and shorts, promoted our event in their store and on social media, and is providing a professional photographer on the morning of August 31 during our hike
Brewster – gave us unlimited gondola passes for the three of us on August 31 as well as front of line priority the entire day
Mystee Maisonet – gave us kombucha for a healthy anti-inflammatory drink during our hiking day
Pete Swales – for coming up with the name and theme of our hike “Sulphur 9.0 – Challenging Consistency”
MANY people who have offered supportive words in person, online, and who have donated!
Rough Itinerary for August 31
This is our estimated schedule. I’ll be posting updates throughout the day on my Facebook page, including Facebook lives. We will hike down Sulphur after the first ascent, and will then take the gondola down on all other descents. For anyone joining us that day, we are unfortunately NOT able to get you discounts to take the gondola down.
4:45 am – 1st ascent up Sulphur (hiking down)
7:00 am – 2nd ascent up Sulphur
8:45 am – 3rd ascent up Sulphur
10:30 am – 4th ascent up Sulphur
12:15 pm – 5th ascent up Sulphur
2:00 pm – 6th ascent up Sulphur
3:45 pm – 7th ascent up Sulphur
5:30 pm – 8th ascent up Sulphur
7:15 pm – 9th ascent up Sulphur
Media Coverage of Sulphur 9.0
Do you have a fundraising target?
We are open to see how much we can raise and do not have a set target in mind.
Our intention is to do everything we can in terms of spreading the word about this hike through friends and family, the Alberta Rotary clubs, and media.
Why are you raising money for the IBPF and the Rotary Club of Banff?
The International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) has a lot of free education and valuable resources for people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, as well as their family and friends. Their overhead is very low. I have personally benefitted from their resources and education, both in the past and right now.
The Rotary Club of Banff supports a number of local initiatives with very little overhead. They make a real difference in our local community.
Click here to read about the three dudes doing this hike.
Can I hike with you guys?
YES! You are more than welcome to join us on one or more of our ascents up Sulphur Mountain. Note that we will be doing a steady pace of 1 hour 20 min each time hiking up. We intend to keep this pace throughout. Whether you join us for 5 minutes, a portion of one ascent, or more, we would love to have you join us!
NOTE: We are not able to get you a discount for you to take the gondola down.
Why is it called Sulphur 9.0 – Challenging Consistency?
Sulphur 9.0 because we’ll be hiking up Sulphur Mountain nine times. We’ll do the first ascent and descent before the gondola begins operations for the day. On the other eight times up we will hike up and take the gondola down.
Challenging Consistency because many people with bipolar disorder know what to do to be consistently mentally stable, however they simply don’t do it. In my experience, the more consistent I’ve become in doing daily tools and habits to be proactive with my mental health, the more mentally stable I have become. Consistency is not generally celebrated, and in this hike we will be doing just that!
Why are you hiking Sulphur Mountain this year instead of doing multiple peaks?
First of all, it’s the only mountain that will allow us to do 20,000 vertical feet in a day. None of us doing the hike have done anything close to that amount of vertical in a day before…it’s a huge physical and mental stretch for all of us.
Secondly, some people consider Sulphur to be a very boring hike. Some people also feel that being consistent is boring. By hiking up a “boring” mountain nine times we are:
- celebrating consistency
- showing the power of support by doing the hike with each other and anyone else interested in joining us
- exploring the limits of our physical and mental comfort zones
Why are you doing this hike on August 31?
August 31, 2017 will be my seventh anniversary for being psychiatric medication free. To me this is a HUGE deal. I was on two main medications for the first ten years of my bipolar disorder journey. The first medication gave me many noticeable side effects like tremoring hands, near constant thirst, and the very real potential of long term kidney damage or failure. The second medication had no “known” side effects. That being said, who knows what could happen to me if I kept taking that medication for years?
I feel that every person diagnosed with bipolar disorder can live a mentally stable life medication free.
I am living proof of that.
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