June 18, 2012 Robby LeBlanc started his journey to Africa, in order to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania, Africa, 19,340 feet!
WHY CLIMB KILIMANJARO?
In 2004 I went on a cruise to Tahitti with a group Entreprtenuers called the Inner Circle which was headed up by best selling authors, Mark Victor Hansen and Robert G Allen.
This is a photo of me from that cruise.
It was on this cruise where I met Werner Berger.
The second night on the cruise, we were invited to listen to this man by the name of Werner Berger talk about Health, Goals, and Leadership. I thought maybe it would be fun. I had no idea the impact this night would have on me.
Werner gave a life changing and inspiring presentation to about 100 people onboard.He talked about his goals to climb the 7 Summits which includes, Kilmanjaro and Mt Everest. Werner is on a mission to save the world by helping others get their health in order. As of this writing he has successfully climbed all 7 Summits including the big daddy, Mt. Everest! As a matter of fact, they did a documentary film about his Everest climb. He is the oldest man in North America to climb Mt Everest. He was 71 at the time.
I asked him Werner:
“Where is Mt Kilimanjaro?” ( Because I had no idea at the time) Werner responded, “It’s in Tanzania, Africa”
Then I asked, “How high is Mt Kilimanjaro?” He responded, ” Kili is 19, 340 ft.”.
“How long would it take to climb Mt Kilimanjaro?” Werner said, “Between 5-8 days depending on how fast one climbs.”
I started thinking maybe this would be a great goal for me to accomplish. Then finally I asked the question I really wanted to know…
“If I loose 100 pounds could I climb Mt Kilimanjaro?”Werner looked at me and said, ” If you loose 100 pounds I’ll go with you young man”. That was 2005.
I got started working out again and then ran into health problems. My blood pressure exploded to 200/140! Then I strained a ankle. Then banged my knee. I now know I was self sabotaging myself. When ever I’d start working out, I’d injure myself.
Werner called me every year for 5 years, asking if I had lost the 100 hundred pounds in order to climb Kilimanjaro. Year after year, I’d say, I'm sorry, I haven't lost the weight yet. I felt like a GIANT Failure!
Werner Berger, Mark Victor Hansen, Robby LeBlanc on Cruise in Tahit 2005
Fast forward to May 2011.
Werner called me and asked: "Robby, did I hear you recently did 13 miles in a half marathon? " I said, “Yes I Did!”
Werner then asked, “When are we going to Mt Kilimanjaro?”
We talked again on August 1, 2011 and agreed to to go to Africa and climb Kilimanjaro together in June of 2012.
We started our journey to Tanzania on June 18, 2012.
As of this writing I have lost 80 pounds.
See You At The Top!