Ignacio Córdoba
September 29, 2018
Joe March
October 2, 2018

Jan Vercruysse

Job Title:
Account Manager – Flanders Belgium

Why do you want to climb Mt Kilimanjaro?
It has been a bucket list style dream for at least 25 years. The map of Mount Kili is hanging on my home office wall for at least 25 years now. .

What has been the most challenging thing about this initiative so far?
Getting in back fit and in shape and losing weight. (I lost 40 kg since November 2017). Training 4 times a week in the gym and walking takes a lot of my time. Really glad Cynthia en Arno sometimes come walking with me.

What is the most interesting thing you have learned about yourself so far?
When one gets a bit older one can do a lot but it takes more time to recover from it.

How are you raising your UNICEF funds?
By selling lottery tickets to win a flight in an Ultralight airplane. Had a really heartwarming response from friends, club members, coworkers and sold 196 tickets so far. Four more tickets and we can do the second drawing. Cynthia and I also organised a “UNICEF Chinese Hotpot Fundraising Dinner” for my birthday. Generous contributions and a lot of fun. I would not advise Chinese wine to anyone though.

If there was going to be a Kilimanjaro playlist for your climb, what song would you choose?
Definitely Africa from Toto.

What luxury are you planning on taking up the mountain with you?
An inflatable pillow.

Is there anything you are ‘dreading’?
Altitude sickness for sure and, although I’m a Belgian and should be used to it, rain. Not a shower here and there but 3 or 4 days of continuous rain. Not going to “bless the rain in Africa” if there is too much of it. Summit day and especially the long descent after the euphoria of the summit.

What are you looking forward to most?
For now, Three Peaks departure date is coming very soon, meeting the Ascenders team and the people in London who make all this magic happen. Contacts online give an idea of the Team but I’m looking forward to meet them. It would be great to see the clouds from above them while standing on Mount Kili, must really be special.

My blog posts…

January 23, 2019

Some great things I have learned on my way up are Top tips For Team Twende

  This is probably my last Kiliblog post. I’m happy to make room for the adventures of Team Twende and […]
January 23, 2019

Some nice advice for the heroes of Team Twende

If you have mountain gear, outdoor gear, outdoor clothes you are not using any more and you are a couple […]
December 13, 2018

Texts from Jan

As Jan is walking down the mountain, some of his messages from early on came through. Here they are… We […]
December 9, 2018

Weaver birds

(Post from yesterday – pre climb) When i filmed these cheerful birds right outside my room I did not know […]
December 5, 2018

All packed & ready to go

Not sure if ill be able to sleep tonight… Leaving on a jet plane from John Denver is playing in […]
December 4, 2018

Breakfast of champions

Starting up the malaria pills.
December 1, 2018

Taking care of the basics

Walking around made my feet and nails suffer so Cindy took professional care of them before going Kili. I’m ticklish, […]
November 26, 2018

Yep I’m mean

I admit it’s mean, a little bit mean – but it is fun, a lot of fun.  When doing my […]
November 16, 2018

Nice equipment upgrade

I found these in Decathlon – basically an insulating layer to protect the tube from the drinking bladder against frost […]
November 12, 2018

Cynthia and I took part in a 24 hr cycling marathon sponsoring cancer research. Good training for Kilimanjaro

  We took an early shift this morning in the 24 hours cycling marathon for ” Kom op  tegen kanker […]
November 12, 2018

Real quiet in the gym tonight

Next time I should think about closing my mouth when I’m filming myself…
November 1, 2018

Happy Halloween Ascendersssssss

Celebrating Halloween in Durbuy, the smallest and coziest city of Belgium. #Learningonthewayup #Ascenders
October 29, 2018

Walked 37 Km this weekend

I walked to our neighbors, this weekend, they used to live next doors (obviously) but moved away 25 km. We […]
October 23, 2018

No need for Alps – a short training can be anywhere. If it’s mountain-like and has a cross on top, it counts.

Stairs of the Sacré Coeur, Paris
October 15, 2018

The winners of the second drawing of my Flight raffle

So far this fundraising thing has really been amazing. I had some really heartwarming reactions when I told people about […]
October 15, 2018

Hi Everybody

Hi everybody, Welcome to my blog about the Autovista Ascenders, including me, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in early December 2018. Here, […]

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