EXPEDITION DENALI

BTP: CHAPTER TWO

THE MISSION

Four years since returning from the original adventure and more than a year since the release of the first award-winning film, the team been busy. From starting businesses to bounding about the Banff backcountry, vagabond ski adventures to volunteering through Thailand and Haiti, and motivational speaking to Mount Kilimanjaro. Now, the time has come to complete the original Between The Peaks dream and finish writing this story. The time has come for Denali.

BTP is Alaska bound on June 4th, 2017. The aim this time around is to climb and snowboard North America’s highest mountain, Denali. At 20,310 feet, the quest will not be without its challenges, but the team has been training hard and is ready to face them head on. To the tune of riding Denali, Ronzio, Lee, and Sarka have added a team member, Crystal mountain-based splitboarder, Jake Willson, to attempt Denali.

In addition to the vertical adventure, the mission is to bring awareness to local and international efforts to combat climate change in both the political sphere and its physical effect on building sustainable mountain communities. They’ll work with NGO’s to highlight current and proposed solutions to protecting the lands and waters of the Arctic, provide support to a Nepali climbing community in need, and address the internal struggle of how to balance conservationism against a life spent chasing adventure sport and travel.

An action packed inspirational journey with impactful messages and humble motivations, be sure to follow along across the team’s respective social media channels, the Between The Peaks Facebook page, blogs on Explore Inspired, and a film coming 2018.

Non-profit partners and sponsors below:

NONPROFIT PARTNERS

THE KARMA PROJECT

A non-profit founded by professional climber and guide, Glen Young, to address the fundamental environmental and social issues affecting mountain communities in Nepal and provide support in creating sustainable solutions.

After climbing Mt. AmaDablam with NGO-namesake Karma Sherpa in 2011, Glen visited Karma’s village of Sibuje in the Eastern Everest Region (Solukhumbu). Karma introduced Glen to his family and neighbors and tried to help Glen understand what life is like for local people.  While there, Glen was both excited and saddened by what he saw.

At the end of the stay in the village, Karma asked if Glen could help.  At first Karma was hopeful that Glen would be able to fund-raise to construct a micro-hydro project using a small stream in the village.  After discussing the possibilities, Karma and Glen realized there was a more immediate solution that didn’t require so many resources. A locally-owned tourism company that could offer training and employment to the people of Sibuje seemed like an obvious solution.  Thus, the Karma Project was born.

Today, Karma Project brings people from around the world into contact with Nepali people who are adapting to a new economy and changing environment.  As subsistence agriculture becomes less feasible due to water shortages and changing values, Karma Project is helping Nepali people build sustainable businesses that reduce urban migration and maintain cultural traditions.

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ALASKA WILDERNESS LEAGUE

Alaska Wilderness League staff and board are wilderness advocates who believe some places are just too special to drill, log and destroy. Alaska — our last true frontier — contains an extraordinary treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes and iconic wildlife, including:

  • Polar bears and beluga whales off the Arctic coast
  • Caribou herds that migrate thousands of miles across the northern foothills
  • Stunning national forests filled with majestic old-growth trees standing guard over salmon-filled rivers

These gems were set aside decades ago to be protected for the benefit of the American people. Yet, so many of Alaska’s wilderness gems — including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Arctic Ocean, and the Tongass National Forest — are under attack. These lands and waters are in severe danger of being destroyed forever by short-sighted politicians and extractive industries. They want only the resources these ecologically sensitive areas can provide, regardless of the resulting devastation to the habitat, wildlife and cultures.

For this reason, in 1993 Alaska Wilderness League was founded as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation to further the protection of amazing public lands and waters in Alaska. The League is the only Washington, DC-based environmental group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness-quality lands in Alaska.

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