Posted on December 26th, 2010 1 comment
After our successful climb of Aconcagua in December we have recovered and are now geared up for our second expedition for this season. SMI guides Kurt Wedberg and April Mayhew from Aconcagua #1 will be joined Chris Werner and Lindsay Fixmer to lead a very special group when we meet up in Mendoza as a group on December 28.
The members of this next expedition are a group of 11 motivated individuals from The Last Well. This Washington DC based organization is dedicated to bringing clean water to the people of Liberia and beyond. Why is this so important?
1.1 BILLION PEOPLE LACK CLEAN WATER (1 IN 6 PEOPLE)
1 CHILD DIES FROM LACK OF CLEAN WATER EVERY FIFTEEN (15) SECONDS
PREVENTABLE, WATER-RELATED DISEASES KILL NEARLY FOURTEEN THOUSAND (14,000) PEOPLE DAILY
Yes you read those statistics correctly. Pastor Todd Phillips of Mclean Bible Church in Washington DC saw those statistics too. He decided to do something about it and The Last Well was formed. The almost 4 million citizens of the country of Liberia have been hard hit by the lack of clean drinking water. The mission of The Last Well is to build water wells throughout Liberia so every citizen has access to clean drinking water so vital for healthy living. They are currently about half way through with this project and they don’t plan on stopping until “The Last Well” is built.
The Last Well first came to SMI in the spring of 2008 with a group of climbers and through a climb of Mt. Whitney (14,508′, 4422m) raised money and awareness for their cause. They have since been to Kilimanjaro and are now ready to tackle the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere to raise more money and awareness for this very worthy cause. These 11 motivated individuals have raised over $100,000 for The Last Well from this climb alone!!
We invite you all to follow our progress through this blog, with your positive energy, and prayers of support. Feel free to explore the links above to learn more about this worthy cause and the people behind it. If you feel led to get involved with The Last Well there is information on their web page about how to do so.
Posted on December 24th, 2010 No comments
Our first of two Aconcagua expeditions is now successfully in the books.
We want to give a big congratulations to team members Ralph Drollinger, Fred Simmons, and Bill Simon for a job well done on this expedition. Congratulations to Bill and Fred to reaching the highest point in the Western Hemisphere and to SMI guide April Mayhew for her first summit of Aconcagua!! Well done everybody!!
Thanks to everybody for following along with us. All your prayers and positive energy could be felt from high on Aconcagua located deep in the Andes.
The photo album is now completed with 1627 photo for your viewing pleasure. You can view it here: Aconcagua December 2010
Below are some photos from this memorable journey. The entire photo album can be viewed at the link above.
Posted on December 19th, 2010 1 comment
We reached the summit of Aconcagua (22,841′, 6962m) on December 15, 2010. We were blessed with wonderful weather for climbing. Winds were light and the sun remained uninhibited by clouds above. As the afternoon progressed clouds gathered below giving us a feeling of being on top of the world. We were in fact on the summit of highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere!!
Pictures are currently being uploaded to the SMI photo gallery web site. We should have all of them organized within a couple days. Below is a sneak preview of the photo gallery featuring a few summit photos of the team. We will post a note when all the photos are ready to be viewed. You are welcome to follow progress here: Aconcagua December 2010
A big congratulations on a job well done are in order to Fred Simmons, Bill Simon, and April Mayhew.
Way to go!!!