Sea to summit ascent of Mt Aconcagua 2014-15
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I aim to become the first ever person to climb the highest mountain in each continent from sea level.
My name is Dave Williams, I am 29 years old and live in Auckland, NZ. Since doing my degree in Outdoors and Leadership at AUT university I have worked in many various fields in the outdoors but my specialties are sea kayaking and alpine tramping.
I am currently head of the Health and Outdoor Education at Edgewater College who have generously given me leave to complete this epic adventure. I have always had a passion for the outdoors and never once came home in clean clothes. As an adult I have fostered this into both a career and a lifestyle.
My life recently came to a crossroads where I was desperately searching for a fresh adventure that would see me both travel the world and test my limits. My good friend Ryan invited me on a sea to summit of Mt Taranaki from the west coast, it was on this adventure where he sparked the idea of sea2summit7.
The overall goal is to become the first person to climb the highest mountain in each continent from the nearest feasible coastline. So far, I have been to Tanzania in 2013 where I ran 9 consecutive marathons followed by a five day climb to complete the first ever sea to summit ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro. I also tackled Mt Kosciuzko in Australia, where Ryan and myself completed the 225km south to north sea to summit over 6 days.
In July 2014 in an epic 14 day battle I completed the first ever sea to summit ascent of Mt Elbrus in Russia from the Black Sea on the Georgian coast.
In January 2013 I was unsuccessful in my first sea to summit attempt as I was forced to turn around on my final summit push of Mt Aconcagua (Argentina) on day number 28.
This coming January I will return to Mt Aconcagua to once again attempt the summit. I will use the money raised in this Spark My Potential campaign to finally conquer the mountain that previously eluded me. This time I will knock the bastard off!
WHY I’M DOING THIS:
My aim is to raise awareness for mental health. As a school health teacher I have seen first hand the importance of this issue as well as recently having two friends lose their fight against depression. During these adventures I have found myself in extremely fragile mental states and had to dig deep to continue when all I wanted to do was give up. I have experienced first hand how powerful and deceptive the mind can be.
“two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference” Robert Frost
WHAT THE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR:
Breakdown of costs:
- Flights and transfers for myself and support person/cameraman $6100
- Rental car during six day run from coast $700
- Mountain and park fees $2200
- Accommodation and living costs $600
- Mules to transfer climbing gear $400
All backers will be able to follow and share my journey through my blog and Facebook and become a part of a world first. And, because Ryan will document the entire journey, you'll have a front seat view!
If you donate over $300 you will get a Sea2summit7 branded t-shirt made from Icebreaker merino wool to keep you warm when you're outdoors.
Any contributors who pledge over $1000 will receive advertising opportunities on my website which has an audience of thousands and if you pledge over $2000 I'll provide you with branding opportunities on my clothing and climbing gear. You will also receive exposure through interviews conducted and articles written about my journey.
Dave Williams' involvement (page creator)
I am the climber that dreamed up and will complete this challenge!
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I am so stoked to announce that the $10,000 has been reached and the Spark My Potential campaign has been a huge success. Yealands Family Wines have donated 1/2 of the needed funds! absolute legends! and of course thanks to Spark also for matching $3500 worth of pledges!
I would like to thank each and everyone who donated even a few dollars or shared this story. Everything helps :)
From now all of the donations go directly to the fund for the next challenge in June 2015 - Mt Denali in Alaska.
Now please follow this journey over summer in South America and be a part of an epic journey.
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This page was created on 1 Oct 2014 and closed on 6 Nov 2014.