Say, what are you doing this summer? Because something tells us that Zdeno Chara may have beaten that whole "sitting on your rump near the pool, sucking down a beer while reading Entertainment Weekly back issues" thing.
You know, since he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and all.
The inspiration for the ridiculously tall Boston Bruins defenseman's trip was to raise awareness and funds for Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to help communities around the world. Which is why he decided to hike up the mountain rather than just step on top of it like we suggested.
The trek was covered by a film crew and over on the Boston Bruins' Web site in diary form. On Day One, we learned that Chara and four others were carrying their little backpacks while 21 local African porters carried " tents, mess tents, all our winter clothes, cooking stuff, etc." (Or as the NHL calls them, "equipment managers.")
Day Two featured the realization that they were actually climbing a dormant volcano. Day Three featured way too much about writer Rob Simpson, an author who is covering the trek for the Bruins. In fact, we don't even have to bother with the Bruins Web site since Simpson already wrote about the entire journey in Sunday's Boston Herald.
Spoiler Warning: The group made it to Gilman's Point at 18,650 feet, but declined to continue on to the 19,350 foot summit, Uhuru Peak, which is the highest point on the Africa continent.
It was Chara who had the definitive no: "Too tired, I can't take a chance of a slip and compromise the hockey." That sound you just heard was Manny Fernandez, Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask simultaneously exhaling in relief.