Summiting Himalayas for Mental Wellness

By Ron Fanfair

Ron Fanfair


Despite bad weather, Detective Tom Comeau became the first Toronto Police Service officer to climb one of the world’s tallest mountains.

He scaled Lobuche, which stands 6,119 metres above sea level in Nepal.

“That went really well,” said the 51 Division officer. “It was a seven-day trek into the mountain and then me and my group of four summited in one push. We left from about 5,400 metres around 2:30 in the morning from our camp and got there about five hours later.”

Because of snow and high winds in the Himalayas, Comeau was unable to climb the Ama Dablam peak.

He climbed the Labouche to raise funds to support mental health. 

Comeau raised $12,000 for Toronto Beyond the Blue, a charitable organization that strengthens and supports police service members, both uniform and civilian as well as their families.

He has started another Go Fund Me campaign with the aim of raising another $5,000 for Toronto Beyond the Blue when he attempts to climb Chimborazo (6,262 metres) and Aconcagua (6,960) in Ecuador next January.

“Raising money for Toronto Beyond the Blue to help them continue their conversation about the importance of good mental health is a natural fit and I enjoy doing it,” he said.

Two people climb a mountain using ropes
Tom Comeau makes his way over a ridge

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