Friday, November 28, 2014

The Everest of Volcanoes

Ojos del Salado, the "Everest of Volcanoes" in the Atacama Desert. Documentary exploring one of the last of the wildest places on Earth
How would you like to travel vicariously along on a solo extreme endurance challenge through a barren desert to the summit of the highest volcano on Earth?
At just under 23,000' high, Ojos del Salado is that volcano. On the eastern shoulder below the summit cone is the highest lake on Earth at just under 21,000'. It's deep within the Atacama Desert, one of the driest and most inhospitable on Earth, and requires a 40 mile trek just to arrive at the base of the mountain. When the climbing is done, it's a long 40 mile trek back out to the nearest highway. Along that apparently empty wasteland will be found some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, yet it's seen by only a handful of people in a decade, let alone a year.

Remote regions such as this one are vanishing all too quickly in our modern urban and cultivated world as civilization and climate change drastically affect our wilderness areas. Virtually forgotten and unknown landscapes such as this deserve our attention and observation to preserve at least the memory of what was once there. Hopefully efforts to document them can help us seek to protect and preserve them for future generations to enjoy and possibly tread lightly within.
You have the opportunity to come along as my companion in spirit as I run, walk and hike this rugged trail. My past skills and experience as an indie and commercial filmmaker will be put to the test as I set out to document this amazing journey so that I can share it with you, and the rest of the world. You can own a piece of it on an autographed DVD.

Between February and May of 2015 I intend to make a documentary of the trek all the way to the summit in a solo unsupported athletic endeavor of epic proportions. I will be recording it from the beginning to obtain key shots to edit into an outstanding production.
  • Planning
  • Training
  • Organizing
  • Fundraising
  • Travel
  • Trekking
  • Climbing
  • Return to Civilization
Mountain Film Festival Entry
Upon my return to my home at nearly 10,000' of elevation in Colorado I will create a first draft edit to present to an outsourced editor to create a project worthy of competition in a Mountain and/or Extreme Endurance Athletics Genre Film Festival.
Outcome of Project
The outcome of this project is a completed 80-90 minute video of current film festival quality ready for acceptance. The end product to the consumer, and to you, my Kickstarter supporters, will be a streaming video of this project and/or an autographed DVD.

What are you paying for?
This project requires that I arrange for the acquisition of additional lightweight expedition-worthy video and charging equipment. It requires that I transport it to Argentina by air and to the road crossing hut near Fiambala (nearest town) by ground transportation.
I will use that equipment along the trek to record my progress and any noteworthy events that occur, including accident, incident, injury, weather and other hazards that would appeal to a broad documentary audience. Additionally I hope for success, serendipitous moments and awesomely gorgeous scenery.
Upon my return to the States with the equipment, the video files will need to be transferred to an editing computer and backed up, then sorted and arranged into usable clips.
At that time an experienced editor will be brought in to assist in creating a finished product worthy of entry into internationally acclaimed film festivals and other regional mountain area fests.
Finally, the streaming host service will be selected and DVD's created, with the press and media packages required for entry into the film festivals being applied to.
Initial estimates are that $30,000 will sufficiently cover the expenses listed for acquisition, transportation, and editing, to create a festival worthy product in the period between February and May 2015. 
What do you get out of it?
At the very least knowing that you have contributed to a unique expedition documentary. You also get social media exposure for yourself or your business, and depending on your contribution, various credits, pages, and bios on my websites and listings in the movie credits. 

Most of you would have access to the streaming version of the final product, and some would receive an autographed DVD. Finally some could have the opportunity for a private pre-premiere screening, catered in Summit County CO (not including transportation and lodging/dining).
Ultimately though, you'll have the opportunity to live an extreme endurance challenge vicariously through the production of this documentary that you can watch at your leisure without even leaving your home or office.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Aconcagua Full Service Package February 2015

Aconcagua Trek and Climb

Take the challenge today. Step up your mountaineering expedition game and come with me to Aconcagua to test yourself at nearly 7,000 meters. This could be your next step on the way to Everest or Denali. Join me for one of the most amazing adventures in the world.

NEW! Logistics Only Package Available at an amazingly low price CLICK HERE

Full Service February 2-21 2015

  • Hotels and transportation in Mendoza and Penitentes
  • Assistance at Permit Office – Must purchase own Permit (about $500)
  • Mule transportation for baggage/gear (weight limit for bags)
  • Meals and lodging at Confluencia and Plaza de Mulas
  • Cook own meals (provided) above Base Camp
  • 3:1 client:guide ratio
  • $3450 US Due by Dec 20th
  • $400 deposit to reserve your expedition
  • Pay in full by Dec 10th for $50 savings – only $3400
  • Get a group of 3 or more together for additionally discounted rate
  • Detailed itinerary available circa Tuesday Nov 25

I'll be posting a more complete itinerary next week after the holidays, but this is one of the best staffed and best served expeditions available on Aconcagua. Everything except a few meals in Mendoza and Penitentes is included. Oh, and the permit, sorry but government regulations are that you must acquire your own climbing permit, approximately $500 at the time of this writing.

Please fill out this form if you want me to rush you more information about Aconcagua:

You can also find information HERE

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cotopaxi & Chimborazo Trek & Climb - Book Now Reserve Your Spot

Booking will be closing soon. November 20th is the last day to book your spot on the Ecuador Adventure Trek and Climb.
Illiniza Sur in Ecuador

January 9-22 2015

  • Acclimatization Trek to the summit of Cotopaxi 5.897 m / 19,300′
  • New Higher Success Route on Chimborazo 6,268 m / 20,564′ 

Supporting Ecuador Sustainable Tourism
  • We'll be using local porters, drivers, cooks and camp staff
  • We'll be using local English Speaking guides
  • We'll be using a local company for our support in Ecuador
  • Most of the money stays in Ecuador to support the economy
More Details CLICK HERE

$400.00 Deposit Reserves Your Spot
Pay now on my PayPal Merchant Account with Credit Card or eCheck
Glacier Climbing in Ecuador

Schedule for Payment

  • Be sure to read CANCELLATION POLICY
  • $400 Deposit Due upon registration
  • Balance due 30 days before trip – December 10 2014 ($2600)
  • Price was $3200 NOW $3000! for this adventure trip as listed
  • Similar trips including Chimbo are $3500 and UP!
  • Groups of 2 or more qualify for an even more discounted rate*
* - After all members of group pay deposit group leader sends me email and I'll deduct $120 each from the balance due from each group member.

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  • Aconcagua
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Island Peak (Nepal)
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Elbrus
  • And More!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crazy Sponsor Photos on Carstensz

In one of my best-selling books "Carstensz, Stone Age to Iron Age" I mentioned that the guides essentially abandoned us to work out our own 2000' rappel down the sleet and rain slicked limestone cliffs littered with ratty knotted frayed rope. Or something that passed for rope.

It appears as though a guide has been sponsored by their alma mater. Got this off a social post from one. At least they had better weather.

If you want to read the exciting story that I have told at dozens of meetings for enthralled audiences, here it is. By the way, it qualifies for Prime and Unlimited on Kindle if you have either.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Adventure Travel Programs for 2015

After a long time negotiating with my foreign associates I'll start taking USA clients in some of the worlds best mountaineering locations for trekking, mountaineering, climbing and just general adventurous fun.

At the time of this writing I have an 

  • Ecuador Adventure Trek and Climb Jan 9-22 
  • Aconcagua Trek and Climb tentative Feb 1-21 

Get More Info and Take an Adventure Vacation

Aconcagua Base Camp

If you want more information about these you can check out my other Seven Summits Quest Website CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Or if you want me to email info to you about all my climbs and adventures coming up fill out the form to the right and I'll totally keep you in the loop.

Let's go have an adventure together!