Meet the Climbers – Denise Weinmann

In just under two months, our group of TDS volunteer climbers will be starting their summit of Mount Kilimanjaro! To get to know our climbers, we asked them to answer a few questions about themselves and what made them want to climb the highest peak in Africa. Introducing our first climber, Denise Weinmann!

Q: Who are you?

A: Denise Weinmann, 58. Proud grandma.

Q: What do you do?

A: Commercial real estate broker.

Q: Do you have any hobbies? Of course you do! What are they?

A: Backpacking, hiking, landscaping, wood carving, furniture building, biking, basically anything outdoors.

Q: What makes you want to climb Mount Kilimanjaro?

A: Bucket list top 5. I have always had a burning desire to go to Africa.

Q: How are you preparing to hike to the top of a 19,341 foot mountain?

A: Stairs, cardio, cycling & weight training.

Q: What animal do you want to see on Safari?

A: Elephants in the wild. Giraffes are a close second. A picture of an elephant in the Serengeti has been hanging on my office wall for the past 15 years.

Q: Do you have any past experience with TDS? If yes, please explain.

A: No, but plan on staying involved going forward.

Q: How important is reading and writing to you on a daily basis?

A: Very important. Reading is the key element in obtaining an education.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Undaunted Courage.

Q: What is your favorite memory from school?

A: I always liked Geography.

Q: What about traveling to Tanzania are you most excited for? What are you most nervous about?

A: I am a hands on person, so meeting the Students and Teachers will be a life changing experience.  Hiking Kili and a safari thru the Serengeti are once in a lifetime events.

Altitude sickness.

Q: Why is it important that your friends, family, or acquaintances donate to your personal fundraising goal?

A: I want them to share in my excitement in being able to see first hand how their contribution will help further the efforts of the Tanzania development.  Education is so important.

Q: Is there anything else you want TDS followers to know about you?

A: I am very blessed and excited to be a part of this TEAM.


We are so excited to have Denise joining us on the 2019 Kilimanjaro climb! If you would like to help support Denise’s fundraising goal, visit her fundraising page and make a donation today!

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