From the beginning, we knew we wanted to bring people together to DO something, to take action in the fight against cancer. Initially our first climb benefitted the NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
The first climbing trip was Mt. Kilimanjaro and was inspired by Mark “Wes” Chapman who wanted to kick off the fundraiser with a bang. The inaugural 10-day trip departed in 2012 for Moshi, Tanzania, where our five climbers spent eight days ascending Kilimanjaro via the Machame route. The trip was WONDERFUL, not only as a fundraiser—with our five intrepid climbers raising over $35,000—but as an experience.
Wes writes, “Mountains are a very special place – particularly very high mountains. The beauty, the isolation and the simple elevation combine into a unique spiritual experience.”
Realizing that there are many cancer centers and other important charities that inspire individuals to challenge themselves both by climbing to the top of Africa and by raising significant funds for THEIR charity. We’ve expanded our vision and started JourneyGives (a 501c3 nonprofit) and Giving Journeys, LLC. which gives participants a way to buy into unique travel experiences while also enabling them to raising significant funds in support of the charity of THEIR choice.
If you, too, are a climber who wants to experience making it more than climbing mountains, join us on this trip, scheduled for January 13, 2018 – January 24, 2018. It promises to be the trip of a lifetime.