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..
> 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. Walked 100km again for Oxfam (raised $3,000)
> Trekked on 6 Continents (Highlights: Annapurna Basecamp, Singalila Trek, Cape to Cape Trek, Abel Tasman, Milford Track, Stirling Ridge Walk)
> 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)
> Cycled Across Australia in 25 days (while raising $84,000 for brain cancer research)
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!