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Vaughan Barlow will be attempting to climb Mt. Aconcagua

Vaughan Barlow will be attempting to climb Mt. Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere, in January 2009. For complete further information, contact Vaughan at vbarlow@pizzeys.com.au, and see his itinerary here.

Catherine Nursaw Attempts Kili in Aid of MS Society

Catherine will attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro September 2007. She previously raised over £2000 for the MS Society in her Clipper ship round the world sailing race. The sheer insanity of this year's attempt should be worth a few quid, surely? Super-fit people go into intense training for this trek for at least six months in advance - my rigorous training regime to date has primarily consisted of reading other people's accounts of their own training activities and then lying on the sofa to recover from the resulting shock and exhaustion. Anyone feeling inclined to add a "summiting" bonus to their donation would probably find their money fairly safe ... Every donation helps, however small. The easiest way to donate is online, by credit or debit card at the following address:

Charles Gielen's July 2007 trek in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan

Just before the trip of some of us to Kilimanjaro I want to give a brief report on the fantastic trekking I did during the last few weeks in Northern Pakistan together with ten Dutch trekking friends. The trekking was perfectly organised by René de Bos, who was the first Dutchman to stand on the summit of Everest. René owns the company Snowleopard, specialising in mountain trekkings in Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Ladak and many other places. Our original plan was to do the Baltoro Glacier to Concordia and via K2 base camp to cross the pass called Gondogorola.

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Paul Blanchard Going to New Heights for United Way

By placing one foot in front of the other for over 20 years, Paul Blanchard has crossed the arctic circle on foot, hiked the West Coast Trail of British Columbia, trekked to the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal, been pecked by birds on Ellesmere Island while on a hike, and in September of this year, he'll be trekking up Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro. Not only is Blanchard doing his hike to maintain his health, enjoy nature and network with other IP professionals, he is also donating all funds raised for this trek to the United Way. The United Way has been Blanchard's charity of choice for many years in helping the disadvantaged.

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Anna Carboni climbs Kilimanjaro

On 19 September IP-Trekker Anna Carboni and her husband Marius will set off up the western slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with a group of like-minded and adventurous trade mark lawyers. If all goes well, they will spend the seventh night on the mountain sleeping (or possibly just shivering in our sleeping bags) in a volcanic crater 18,700 feet (5,700 metres) above sea level before the final push for the summit. At 19,340 feet (5,895 metres), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, the world's highest free-standing mountain, and one of the largest volcanoes (currently inactive, one hopes). They are doing this not only as something exciting to experience, but also to raise some money for ActionAid, with the hope of targeting the funds raised towards its work in Tanzania.

See web site at: http://www.myactionaid.org.uk/acarboni/carbonis-climb-kilimanjaro/

Annette Freeman's climb for Charity

Annette Freeman is an intellectual property lawyer in Sydney, with big plans to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa in September 2007. Annette is a member of a loose association of friends and colleagues in the IP world known as IP-TREK. In association with the climb, Annette plans to raise funds to support the region of Africa that she will be visiting. She has chosen Oxfam Australia.

See web site at: www.climbkili2007.com

Around the World with Catherine Nursaw

IP-Trek member Catherine Nursaw is setting sail for the adventure of a lifetime: A round-the-world sailing race in a Clipper yacht. Catherine's journey has begun, and she's keeping us abreast of her adventures with regular diary entries.

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