Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro was so tough that none other than Ray Lewis had to turn back. Summiting Mt. Everest is way tougher; getting to the top of K2, the world’s second-highest mountain, is even more of a feat. Climbing the world’s 14 highest peaks, all of them over 26,000 feet? That’s a quest so difficult that only 31 people have ever done it. Baltimorean/Under Armour “director of innovation” Nick Cienski wants to join that club — and he plans to do it in record-breaking time.
The entire expedition will employ an estimated 3,780 porters and require 250,000 pounds of equipment. And the bill is estimated at $5,668,157. That’s fine and dandy — if you’ve got the money and the lung capacity to tackle these kinds of epic explorations, go for it! — I’m a little suspicious of the attempt to frame this speed-climbing quest as a humanitarian mission. How, exactly, will “climbing mountains… rescue children from the depths of poverty”? And then there’s this: “The significant challenges of the expedition will mirror the challenges that face families living in poverty across the world: in places like LaChureca, a garbage dump community in Nicaragua, or Baltimore City.” Um, yeah. Making your way across the treacherous Khmubu Glacier on an incredibly expensive vanity exploration trip is a lot like dealing with drive-by shootings, infectious diseases, and generational poverty. In any case, I wish Mr. Cienski luck with his quest — I just won’t be donating to his public fundraising campaign (which, so far, has amassed exactly $0.)
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