Jake reunited with his children after Everest at the Denver airport.

Close to the Summit!

Dear Friends,

Post-Everest, my internal clock is finally getting somewhere closer to Colorado time, and I’m getting some much-needed and much-missed quality time with Wende, Lila, and Ryrie after 70 days away. It was an incredible, and hugely challenging, year on Everest. Our attempt to retrace the historic footsteps of Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld on the 1963 West Ridge Route came up short, with conditions, time, and our risk tolerance allowing us to reach only 23,900 feet.

But, it was still an extraordinary expedition, and, with the outpouring of support from so many, we’re getting close to reaching our expedition goal of $29,035 for Water For People!! It’s hard for me to even begin to express my gratitude to all of our supporters and donors. During this Everest campaign, donations came in from across the country and around the world, from individuals, families, trusts, and corporations, like our friends at Eco Vessel who not only make amazing water bottles that provide filtered, safe drinking water, but also are huge supporters of Challenge21 and Water For people.

Thanks to people like you, Water For People is able to support communities around the world with lasting access to safe water and sanitation. People like Anne Maria in Rulindo, Rwanda, and her family will soon have a safe, reliable source of water close to home. Thanks to you, I and our team here at Challenge21 are more encouraged and determined than ever to keep climbing, keep spreading the word, and keep raising money and awareness for Water For People. So, to all of you, for all of your support, we want to say a sincere thank you.

But, in the words of Willi Unsoeld himself, we’d love to go “higher than Everest” and not only reach the summit but possibly exceed our $29,035 goal. And, for those of you who join us and make a tax-deductible donation of $42 or more by 12pm MDT tomorrow, June 8th, you’ll have the chance to win some great gear as well. For our final Triple Summit Giveaway, we’re giving away a great package of gear from our partners: a Challenge21 Eco Vessel Ultra-lite filtration bottle, a First Ascent Challenge21 organic t-shirt, a Live Worldly Live Tibetan Protection Cord, and a First Ascent Alchemist 30L backpack.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter to win, so please make your donation to Water For People today…Together, we can climb higher than Everest!

Namaste,

Jake

About the Author : Jake NortonClimber, guide, photographer, speaker, founder of www.Challenge21.com, and - most importantly - husband and father.View all posts by Jake Norton

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