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.