About

About Me

Hi, I’m Cody and I’m the one who’s looking to pursue this goal, the 7 Summits Project. I guess I’d better let you in on how this idea came about..

I inherited a love of the great outdoors from my late Grandfather. He himself was an avid hunter, trekker and mountain lover, often volunteering on rescue teams operating on Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest and deadliest mountain. He had a dream of climbing high peaks around the world, chasing adventure and the sense of achievement that comes with it. Unfortunately a family came along which meant full time employment and the commitment that comes with it (not unfortunate that he had a family of course. I for one am glad he did..)

I too then, have always had a love of nature and wilderness. It’s my personal form of meditation, clearing the mind and leaving you alone with your own thoughts. I’m an adventurer at heart. I often feel I was born too late, I never had the chance to journey to new frontiers and explore completely unknown lands like Columbus and the first fleet. I’ve had to settle for coming up with my own adventures..

Adventure Highlights

> Cycled the length of Vietnam (1,600km & 25 days)

> Visited 30+ Countries

> Explored 6 Continents

> Walked 100km (the length of Perth) in 21 and a half hours

> Trekked on 6 Continents (Highlights: Annapurna Basecamp, Singalila Trek, Cape to Cape Trek, Abel Tasman)

> Walked to the height of Everest on a treadmill in 16 hours (University of Western Australia Fundraiser)

> Broke Guinness World Record for ‘Most Trees Planted Simultaneously’ (102,000 in less than 1 hour)

 

As to the mountains, I’ve long held a desire to climb the seven summits, ever since reading a book by the same name about the first time the feat was achieved. Perhaps it was spurred by the significant contrast between the towering, ice cold mountains and the dry, hot as hell, flat as a tack city of Perth I grew up in. I guess it was always just a matter of when..

When I finally decided to go ahead and pursue the challenge (in June 2014) I wanted some good to come out of it too, besides just the feeling personal achievement. Children’s education in developing countries is always something I wanted to help out with, I just wasn’t sure how to go about it…

At the same time as deciding on climbing the summits, I approached several charities and not-for-profit organisations focusing on that particular area. Of those I did speak to, Save the Children stood out as the one that I wanted to work with. In addition to operating in the country I was focused on (Nepal) they had a great reputation & distributed the greatest percentage of funds raised to the projects they were intended for. Perhaps the clincher was that they appeared genuinely interested in what I had in mind and were most eager to get on board.

That is why this project’s going ahead as it is and I’m proud to say I’m working with the best organisation out there.

By the time you’re reading this, hopefully I will have climbed at least a few of the highest peaks on each of the 7 continents. More importantly though, I hope to have made a positive impact on a few kids futures and left the world a better place than I found it. Thanks for checking in and feel free to join me on this exciting ride!

The 7 Summits Project

Over a period of several years I’m aiming to scale the 7 Summits, the highest mountain on every continent. In doing so, I’m looking to raise funding and awareness for childrens education in Nepal. I’m particularly focused on the establishment/rebuilding of schools and education material in some of the most impoverished areas in the region.

The reason I have chosen Nepal is pretty well summed up in Save the Childrens description..

Nepal is home to 29 million people, with children younger than 15 years old making up more than 40% of the population. It includes ethnic and caste groups with distinct cultures and languages, giving this small land locked country a cultural and linguistic diversity that is remarkably complex. Nepal boasts eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, yet it also has the flat river plain of the Ganges on its southern border with India.
Entrenched poverty and a decade of violent political instability have taken a toll on the Nepalese people, although a lasting peace is gaining momentum, creating real hope for long-term political reconciliation. Much of the population lives in remote rural areas on the plains and others living in scattered settlements in the hills and mountains. More than one in three people in Nepal live in extreme poverty, subsisting on less than $1 per day.

Quality education is not available to most of children in Nepal. Our programs promote educational opportunities for children to learn, develop and participate in their communities.

 

There are several ways to get involved;

 

Donate: Stay Tuned for the new fundraising platform release.

 

Share: Spread the word with family, friends, colleagues, anyone you can!

 

Contact me: if you have another way you’d like to get involved. I’m always looking for climbing partners, sponsorship, help with training etc.

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