A 21 year old Midland man is giving back to a camp program that’s given him many opportunities over the years.
Dylan Ferguson, who now lives in Barrie, plans tothe climb Mount Everest Base Camp this spring , all in an effort to raise money for the Tim Hortons Foundation Camps.
Seven years ago , Ferguson himself was accepted into the youth leadership program, an experience he calls life changing. ” It changed my perspective about what I can become and what I can accomplish. I went back to high school after dropping out, finished my grade 12 and graduated with honours.”
I understand and can advocate for the change that this camp can make for at risk youth in our community, Ferguson adds.
He is hoping to raise $5 thousand , all of which will be given to the camp.
In preparation for the intense climb, Ferguson says he has been hitting the gym a lot. He’s been doing cardio constantly, along with some weight lifting, and of course, a lot of leg work.
The biggest challenge of the climb is the high altitude Ferguson says, which will range from 12 thousand to 19 thousand feet.” At that altitude, you’re dealing with a low percentage of oxygen. Altitude sickness is a big concern, it can go from headaches, nausea, vomiting, and losing consciousness.”
Ferguson says the climb and descent are estimated to take 12 days, while travelling between 5-7 hours a day. His journey to base camp begins May 31st.
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Banner photo courtesy of Dylan Ferguson Fundraising page