Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Cookies for Randy...and 20% off at Backcountry.com for You

This blog post comes from Connie Garrett of Bozeman, Montana. Connie is a Backcountry.com customer who we've teamed up with to help support as she heads to Nepal this October. But it's not her climbing that we're most stoked about. Read on...

One birthday particularly stands out in my memory when my grandma and I made cookies for Randy, the disabled son of one of her friend’s. It is odd to make a Christmas present for someone else on your birthday, but shortly after Christmas I received my birthday gift – a “thank you” card in Randy’s handwriting, which I still have displayed on a shelf in my office over 25 years later.Kyajo-Ri, a fine mountain to climb in Nepal

Flash forward to this coming October when I depart on an adventure of a lifetime. Half way around the world is our climbing objective – Kyajo Ri (pictured here to the right). Nestled along the line of magnificent peaks of the Khumbu Himal region, Kyajo Ri rises to 20,290 feet from the Thame valley to the west and the Gokyo valley to the east. Just 26 days and 10,990 feet of climbing will bring our team to the sharp defined summit just about on Halloween!

So what does this have to do with cookies? Giving back.

Through climbing I’ve overcome some of life’s biggest obstacles and healed life’s biggest pains. For the expedition to Nepal, Vertical Realty (my company) has teamed with Backcountry.com to collect at least 200 pounds of clothing for delivery to Nepali porters and high altitude workers. All clothing collected will benefit the Khumbu Climbing School, part of the Alex Lowe Foundation.

Clothing items need to be non-cotton and can include hats, scarfs, fleece jackets, fleece pullovers, waterproof jacketes and pants, and sweaters. For each person that donates 5 pieces of clothing or outerwear, you'll receive a 20% off coupon code from Connie that is valid through Feb 1, 2008 at Backcountry.com.

Please e-mail Connie - connie@bozemanmontanaproperties.com - to coordinate mailing your donation if you don't live in the Bozeman, Montana area.

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If we receive more donations that are needed for the Khumbu Climbing School, additional donations will be delivered to the International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC). IMEC promotes responsible and sustainable connections between travelers and the people of developing mountain regions through education, assistance, and cross-cultural experiences.

About the Khumbu Climbing School

The climbing school is an annual vocational training and instructional program designed to teach technical climbing skills, English, wilderness first aide, and basic rescue scenarios to those working in the these high regions. We need your donations to help make this program an on going success.

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