Climb Aconcagua for Colon Cancer

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Dates 10 Jan '11 to 31 Jan '11

Flexible? No, not really

Est. Cost 4,000 - 5,000 USD (USD United States Dollars)

Type Travel Partners Wanted

Name Climb Aconcagua for Colon Cancer

Come join Climb for Colon Cancer as we attempt Aconcagua in Argentina www.climb4coloncancer.org . We're a non-profit dedicated to raising money for colon cancer research. Our trip will be filmed and its going to be guided by Field Touring Alpine. Our hope is that every team member will raise $1,000 for colon cancer research. We are also planning trips to Cho Oyu (2012) and Mt. Everest (2013). Check us out at www.climb4coloncancer.org!

Climb Aconcagua for Colon Cancer

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Matt Hardy

Matt Hardy HI Todd,

The training is going well. If you want some advice on training im glad to help. Since the trip is about 3 months away I feel like this is the best time to start training hard. This will allow you to peak in fitness during your trip. Right now im trying to train 5 times a week. I usually bike twice a week for 40-60 miles and rock climb the remaining 3 days of training. Since it's starting to get cold here in Colorado I'm trying to hike more with a pack. It's going to be a damn slog up that mountain so the better prepared I am to carry a heavy pack the better off i'll be. If your just looking to get in good cardio shape, try wearing a pack and running with it uphill for 1 minute than try 5 minutes off just walking. This will get you in great shape in no time.....do it for one hour.

3 years ago
Todd

Todd Thanks for the tips Matt. We're currently living in Cusco at 3,300m. We're debating whether to stay here or go to lower altitude. It's great to be up this high beforehand, but it's difficult to give our muscles the same length of endurance workout as if we were at sea level. Headaches or chest pains set in before muscle fatigue, but that's fading away slowly. I think we'll stay another month and see how it goes.

Yeah, we'll start with the packs this week too. That's the bit that has me the most concerned about Aconcagua. It's one thing to trek to almost 7k, and another to do it hauling 15-20kg of gear (of course not all the way to the summit, but still...). I'll definitely give your running uphill strategy a go. There is no flat ground in this whole city, except a few square meters in the plaza. You see visitors bent over around ever corner from the steep hills. I wonder how many visitors have heart attacks here; it's a real slog to just buy water, which is great for our training.

Anyway, good luck with the training. We'll try to keep in touch. And if you need any coverage on this site, just let us know.

3 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Matt, just read your website in more detail. What an inspiring story. How's your training going? Would love to hear the details.
3 years ago
Jebbert
Jebbert This interests me allot, and for a good cause. Are you using part of what you raise to climb or is it coming out of your own pocket?
4 years ago
Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy Hi Jebbert, I am glad you are interested in this trip! To answer your question, yes we will be using some of the money raised for the trip to climb, but only a small portion. The money is split up like this, 55% goes towards research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, 10% goes towards screenings for the underinsured, 10% goes towards awareness and the remaining 25% is used for misc expenses such as permits, tickets, mountain fee and other expenses associated with the mountain. I hope this clears things up for you and I hope your interested. Let me know if you have any other questions and feel free to email me at mattianhardy@gmail.com Best, matt
4 years ago
Todd
Todd Hi Matt, there are a few people looking to climb Everest in 2013 and beyond. They're also interested in working up to it by climbing peaks like Aconcagua, Mont Blanc, Ama Dablam, etc. Check out the trip here http://globetrooper.com/let-s-plan-to-climb-mt-everest-anyone-2013
4 years ago
Matt Hardy
Matt Hardy Hi Todd! Thanks for the info. I'm going to have to head on over to their part of the internet and invite them on my trip! This should be a good few years ahead for myself and organization, I just hope I can share it with as many people as possible. Matt
4 years ago
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Highlights

  • Beautiful Summit Views
  • Mendoza Wine Country

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  • Mountaineering