BENEFITING: Grameen America
EVENT DATE: Apr 29, 2013
On April 28th Baily and I head out on a 2-week expedition to Denali National Park in Alaska to attempt three different technical peaks offering a mix of ice, rock and snow climbing. We will take a ski-plane flight onto the glacier on April 30 and will spend the next 11 days in one of two basecamps we’ll set up. Each of these routes will require an almost 20-hour push from basecamp to the summit and back with 3,000 vertical feet of steep roped climbing along the way. We’ve been thinking about this trip for 2 years (our dog’s name in “Denali”). Last September, we started preparing and planning, have been training 5 or 6 days a week and climbing almost every weekend. Over the last three years of our climbing, this will be the most exciting and challenging trip we’ve attempted.
We are also really excited about using this trip to raise money for two charities to which Baily and I devote a lot of time as Advisory Board members. Our goal is to raise $60,000 ($1,000 for every hour we spend roped together on these routes).
My charity is Peer Health Exchange, and Baily's is Grameen America (for the avoidance of doubt, Baily works at another nonprofit – Endeavor Global). We love both of these institutions and hope that you will help us support each of them! This web-page (http://www.crowdrise.com/natebailyclimbingforcharities/fundraiser/natekempner) will channel your donations in equal share to our two organizations (100% of your contributions are tax-deductible). The webpage also has some pictures of us climbing and our routes (although we’ve attached 2 from this winter). For technical reasons, your donation will go to Grameen America which will then cut a check to PHE. Luckily, they’re friends!
Please feel free to pass this email along to anyone you think might be interested in our causes and trip. We'll send around a photo-album when we return. We are working on the logistics of distributing short messages to all of our supporters while we're out there. If you're interested in reading more, below you'll find (i) information about the charities, (ii) information about our objectives and (iii) frequently asked questions.
Thank you for your generous support!
Peer Health Exchange's mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack an existing program (a shockingly large number of them). New York is PHE's flagship site and since its launch in '04 has trained over 2,200 volunteers to teach our curriculum to 23,000 NYC public high school students. This year alone, over 400 NYC college students are reaching close to 5,000 high school students. Our work is especially important now as many schools' are being forced to cut this program due to budgetary problems. There are a couple stats that I find make the case quite strongly:
1 in 4 teens is a binge-drinker
1 in 4 teens smokes cigarettes
1 in 3 sexually active teen girls become pregnant
1 in 5 teenagers experiences violence in a relationship
1 in 6 teenagers is overweight or obese
If you'd like to learn more, please go to www.peerhealthexchange.org.
Founded by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families. We offer microloans, training, and support to transform communities and fight poverty in the United States.
Since 2008, Grameen America has provided over $66 million in microloans to help more than 13,500 low-income women living in poverty. Each member starts or expands her own business. We work in communities in New York, Omaha, Indianapolis, the Bay Area, Charlotte, and Los Angeles.
To learn how to get involved please visit: www.grameenamerica.org.
We've selected 5 potential peaks/routes in Denali National Park that match our ability and experience. We plan on attempting 3 of them and will adjust our objectives depending on weather and route conditions.
From Root Canal Glacier basecamp:
- Moose's Tooth via Ham 'n Eggs - a 12-24 hour climb with 2,900 feet of elevation gain. We will face up to 80° ice and/or 5.9 rock climbing, depending on conditions. Offers spectacular views of the Ruth Gorge, Denali, Mt Hunter, Mt Huntington and the Northern peaks.
- Moose's Tooth via Shaken not Stirred - also 12-24 hours and 3,100 vertical feet, but more technically demanding route that contains up to 90° ice and some over-hanging rock climbing. Highlight of the climb is a 500 foot section in the middle of the climb where the gulley narrows to two shoulder widths (and occasionally tigher) and contains short steep sections of ice.
From Denali basecamp:
- Mini-Moonflower - An 11-19 hour climb of 2,000 vertical feet with sustained ice climbing from 50° to 85° in steepness. This route will require a 2-3 hour approach (and return).
- SW Ridge of Mt Francis - A true alpine climb of 3,600 feet of snow, ice, rock climbing and a rappel as part of the ascent. The snow/ice is up to 60° steep and the rock climbing goes up to 5.8. This route will take us 11-20 hours.
- Kahiltna Queen - An 11-20 hour climb of 3,100 feet snow and ice climbing up to 60°. This will require a 3-4 hour ski approach from our base camp.