Our Endless Ascent will be a journey to the Top of Africa; our father and son team will face the treacherous traverse from youth to young manhood and the challenges of adolescence, we’ll encounter the objective difficulties of life outside of American suburbia, and as we reach for the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro we hope to reach a new level in our relationship.
Our journey to Tanzania and the summit of Kilimanjaro will also be a journey to raise money and awareness for the work that the dZi Foundation is doing to support underserved communities in remote regions of the Himalaya to build sustainable locally-driven programs that improve quality of life through advancing education and health while reducing poverty.
Your generous contributions will enable dZi Foundation to provide the raw materials and training needed to partner with communities in need in Nepal, building essential infrastructure like new schools and community centers, improving water and sanitation and introducing new agricultural techniques. Each tax-deductible donation, no matter the size, goes toward creating community prosperity, uplifting families and touching the lives of others in a very tangible, positive way.
Our expedition is fully self-funded; ALL DONATIONS made here on Crowdrise will go directly to support the work of the dZi Foundation.
About the Trip:
Rising from the Savannah of East Africa to the height of 19,341 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest mountain in Africa but also the tallest free-standing mountain on Earth and the 4th highest of the revered seven summits. Conquering its elusive snow-capped peak has been the dream of trekkers and adventurers as well as seasoned mountaineers for ages.
My name is Aaron Batte I am a digital marketing entrepreneur, adventurer, cultural explorer, amateur alpinist and professional strategist. Through both determination and a lot of luck I have been fortunate to achieve many of my life’s goals—from climbing and skiing peaks in the Himalayas, Alps, Caucuses and Rockies to launching one of the first business-to-business digital marketing agencies in the country—it’s been a good forty years. But, by far, the accomplishments that I am most proud of are my two sons.
This summer my oldest son Jackson will turn 14 years old, and I will turn 40. It seemed like to perfect time to introduce Jack to the wonder and beauty, poverty and hope, humanity and compassion, mystery and magnificence of the world I know. So, this July, we will be packing our gear and heading to East Africa with the intent to summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
Mount Kilimanjaro showcases some truly unique geographical, topographical and geological features. Its lower slopes are dense with lush forest, yet the mountain is surrounded by vast expanses of dry savannah. Its caldera is covered with ice, yet this dormant volcano is situated near the Equator.
From Kilimanjaro's summit it is possible to observe the curvature of the planet, and on a clear day the views stretch as far as the plains of the Masai Mara, 200 miles distant. But, Kilimanjaro has much more to offer than just its awe-inspiring views. Embarking on an expedition to the roof of Africa is the equivalent of a trip from the Equator to the Arctic, as the landscape varies from bush land to tropical forest, from moorland to heath, and to alpine desert.
Kilimanjaro might be one of the toughest trekking challenges in the world, but we plan on conquering it and standing atop Uhuru Peak the highest point on Kilimanjaro.