This year, Jérémie Boivin (worksite engineer presently in Muskrat Falls), decided to take part in the ascension of Mount Elbrus for the benefit of a local early childhood and youth foundation known as the Fondation de l’enfance et de la jeunesse du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
Joined by three acquaintances, he will strive to reach the summit of 5,642 metres located in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia. This expedition is scheduled between June 3 and 10, 2019, meaning seven days of climbing.
Their itinerary includes a stop at 4,000 metres of altitude in order to acclimatize to the lack of oxygen in the air. Overall, the climb is composed of 60% trekking and 40% of technical ascension using spikes and ropes. Furthermore, the four adventure seekers must carry the equipment and rations necessary for the expedition on their backs.
Due to meteorological conditions and the presence of ice, they will not be able to descend on skis as planned but will have to make their way back down on foot.
This change of plan means that the day spent at the summit will be a long one totalling 17 hours of activity.
While the objective of this expedition is surpassing oneself, it also serves to raise money for the Fondation de l’enfance et de la jeunesse du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean.
This Foundation supports young people at the youth protection centre and at the centres for the rehabilitation of youth in difficulty part of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean integrated health and social services centre (CIUSSS).
Every dollar raised will be given to a young person with special needs and/or issues.
To find out more about the Foundation, you can go to: http://fondationenfancejeunesse02.com.
Good luck Jérémie and congratulations for this beautiful initiative!