Saturday, January 26, 2008

My New Hobby

Technically, it might be a bit early to call this a new hobby. I haven't done it once yet. But my brilliant idea to climb Iztaccihuatl has really got me thinking - I was born to climb mountains! As I mentioned in a recent post, Izta is a monster, the third highest peak in Mexico and has a glacier on it. So I'm going to need to practise a bit. Next month I'm off to Tepoztlan where there is a small mountain with a pyramid on top that I can climb. But that's childs play, so to speak. An hour to the top.

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So after that, sometime in May I reckon, I shall grab a tent and sleeping bag and anyone who wants to come along and head off to the Nevado de Toluca. This is Mexico's 4th highest peak, but is much, much more accessible and the summit is reachable without any special gear. It's still pretty high up though - 15,354 feet. Not quite Ixta's 17,126 feet, but getting there. It's a dormant volcano with two very photographable lakes in the crater. I can see myself getting into this mountain climbing business!

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Climb

The challenge is simple. Simple, because the exact details of my adventure are as yet undetermined! Ixta is a big mountain. Real big. For me, success will be measured by having a go, rather than getting to the summit.

The more I read about climbing the mountain, the more I appreciate it will be a real challenge. Not that I am put off! More research will give me more of an idea as to what is achievable. I do hope to get to the top, and there is plenty of time to get myself into shape, get a little practice in and gain some experience. I will report back!

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Climb With Me

Fancy an adventure? Feeling fit, healthy and full of energy? Come climb Ixta! I intend to climg the mountain in October of November of 2008, so there's plenty of time to think about it.

I have found a great resource for mountain climbing - hopefully I can find someone there to make the ascent with me. Hopefully someone with some experience!

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Popocatépetl e Iztaccíhuatl
Originally uploaded by Aleksu



Iztaccíhuatl and Popocatépetl 2
Originally uploaded by Gusl42

Friday, January 11, 2008

About Wildcoast

Wildcoast is a US based charity that helps to protect and revitalise coastal areas of the US and Latin America, and the wildlife found there. They have a particularly strong campaign to help sea turtles, which attracted me to them in the first place.



They have been awarded a Four Star rating by Charity Navigator.

Mission Statement

Wildcoast protects and preserves coastal ecosystems and wildlife in the Californias and Latin America by building grassroots support, conducting media campaigns and establishing protected areas.

Fund Raising

My last challenge raised a paltry $140. Well, that's not totally bad, but I can do better. This time I am getting things sorted well in advance and I have a new and improved fund raising strategy. I have a four pronged plan...

Donations

Probably the weakest part of my plan - who donates cash to someone they've never met? Well, I did get one online amigo donate $25 last time, so it's worth the effort. A ChipIn widget is available in the sidebar, so go and click on it and send in some money! Even a single, solitary dollar will do. Go for it! I have set a target of just $100 for donations. Help me out, and help the turtles too!

Site Advertising

This is where you, unknown person, can help me by doing nothing more than linking to this site from your blog! How will this help? It will boost my Google PageRank, which will enable me to sell Paid Posts. I have earned $1,700 myself in two months though paid posts on my personal blog. The higher the rank for this site the more lucrative the ads I can take will be. I hope to raise at least $500 through site advertising - all money I earn through ads I do on this site will be donated to WildCoast. So choose a piece of code below and add it to your blog, forum signature or anywhere else you can on the web - please!










Site Sponsorship

This is an entirely new tactic for me - can I find a few sponsors for the site? There's got to be a few companies out there who will give a few dollars to have their name and logo under the header, on the sidebar and on blog posts. We'll see. I'll give it a try. How does a target of $200 sound? I'm sure I can beat that! We'll see...