Team IBD Adventures reached the summit of the highest free standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa on September 13, 2009. In the process they raised $30,110.98, which was split equally between the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada and IDEAS.
Funds donated to IDEAS are used to support quality of life enhancing programs for children and youth afflicted with intestinal diseases–like accessing specialized summer camp programs and education programs–as well as grants to recognized IBD research facilities.
Kilimanjaro is a giant stratovolcano that began forming a million years ago, when lava spilled from the Rift Valley zone. Two of its three peaks, Mawenzi and Shira, are extinct while Kibo (the highest peak) is dormant and could erupt again. The last major eruption has been dated to 360,000 years ago, while the most recent activity was recorded just 200 years ago.
Although it is dormant, Kibo has fumaroles that emit gas in the crater. Scientists concluded in 2003 that molten magma is just 400 m (1,310 ft) below the summit crater. Several collapses and landslides have occurred on Kibo in the past, one creating the area known as the Western Breach.