Gear for Good!

We got our first gear sponsor! Cotopaxi decided to support us on our expedition by sending us two day packs and a couple of t-shirts. We were sent a Luzon Del Dia, which is a one of a kind pack that’s colorway was proudly designed and built by an employee in the Philippines. The second pack that we were sent was a generalized Luzon 18L day pack, which can be bought in specific color designs. These packs are awesome!! They fit to our bodies perfectly and pack down really well in our main packs when they are not in use. The t-shirts that were sent are light weight and comfortable and will be perfect for our travels. We have even bought a couple more!

Cotopaxi has made a commitment to creating positive social impact. They focus their efforts on global poverty alleviation & give targeted grants to advance health, education, and livelihoods initiatives around the world.

Thanks Cotopaxi for your support!

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What a summer!!

As the summer comes to an end I realize just how fast it went by. This summer has been full of fun and exciting changes and adventures. The excitement and anticipation is only building as our expedition draws closer and closer.

#1 – We moved out of Scribner, Nebraska at the end of June. Our new temporary home is a camper outside of my parents house… I never thought that I would be living back at home but they are helping us so much as we continue to work on saving as much money as we can.

#2 – Early this summer I took a group of students to Costa Rica and Nicaragua for 11 days. We had the chance to do some white water rafting, kayaking, zip lining, snorkeling, and some rain forest trekking. It was a great learning experience for the students as well as for myself! I hope that I was able to spark the desire to travel and experience new cultures in these awesome 9 kids!

#3 – The trip starts with the huge challenge of Aconcagua and so the training is once again under way. We are training 6 times a week by alternating cardio and strength, both followed by flexibility, and packing on the weekends. We headed to Colorado last weekend to climb Wetterhorn, one of the challenging 14ers, while fine tuning our navigation skills.

Aconcagua

115 days until we leave Penitentes on our 14-20 day expedition to the summit of the tallest mountain outside of the Himalayas. Aconcagua 22841ft.

We’ve studied for countless hours, spent thousands on gear, gone through training, workout six days a week and still only have a 20% chance of success. We will likely encounter nice weather, hot weather, frozen nights, white out conditions, winds 60-100mi pr hour, Wind chill -60, Actual -20. Risk of extreme altitude sickness at just 3159ft below the death zone where your body starts to die.

This video shows the route we will be taking to the summit

It’s Official

We finally have an official departure date!! We are flying to Mendoza, Argentina on August 9th. We will be attempting to summit Aconcagua which is the highest peak in the Western Hemisphere. This is finally starting to feel real!

Success!

We descended Mount Baker after five days living in the cold with sore bodies and blisters and we celebrated our first anniversary huddled in a tent with two mini bottles of champagne. Then we hit the road back to Nebraska. We visited Devil’s Tower on the way and slept in the back of the car.

Ready!

We are all packed up and ready to take on Mount Baker while learning essential mountaineering skills.

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Seattle Bound

We just hit the road to Seattle, Washington. We plan on spending a day in Seattle for our furst anniversary and on Sunday we meet with our training group and head to Mount Baker.

Training for Washington

We are a little less than one month away from our big mountaineering training course with Alpine Ascents located in Seattle, Washington. We have been training for the past three months so that we will be in adequate shape to keep up with the group as we summit Mount Baker. We have been planning meals that contain enough calories that will sustain us for the physical exertion that lies ahead. I must say that it is challenging to train for a mountaineering expedition in the middle of the Midwest where there are no hills in sight! But we are making the best of it and excitedly count down to the day that we are able to hit the road and are Seattle bound.

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Taste of Nature

We got another sponsor!! Taste of Nature has jumped on the band wagon and agreed to send us a generous donation of their organic food bars. They have agreed to send us multiple shipments to make sure that we are supplied throughout our entire trip. Taste of Nature was founded on this basic principle: to work together as a family to create a food company that makes a simple, great tasting product that would give back to the world more than it took. Taste of Nature’s organic ingredients¬† are supplied by family farms that are native to Ontario, Canada. Their product uses minimal processing that makes their bars nutrient dense which is perfect for us on our more rigorous and rugged portions of our expedition. Thanks for the support Taste of Nature!!Taste of Nature JPG

GoMacro

GoMacro has agreed to make a a donation to our journey! GoMacro is a big picture company that lives by five principles… Vegan, Macrobiotic, Wholesome, Giving back to the community, and Source sustainability. They strive to make a product that is both healthy and has a positive effect on the world. GoMacro products will be perfect for the journey that lies ahead of us. Thank you for your support GoMacro!!

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