Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy Summer Everyone!

Here's an update to let you know what's been happening and what's coming up!
- Fundraisers
- Summer with OB
- The Good Karma Trek

With the help of many wonderful people, we had two very successful Fundraisers,
"Sparkle & Shine Silpada" jewelry party that took place in April and the Highlands Ranch Mothers Day 5K which was in May.
Both fundraisers combined, brought in close to $2,000 for breast cancer research for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Many thanks to all who participated and especially to Katherine Spencer-Inskeep, Diane Pappas, Valerie Kuhns for their efforts in coordinating these two events.

I continue forward on my goal of climbing the tallest mountain of each of the seven continents to raise money to fight cancer. If you would like to support my climbs, visit here to donate.

Cancer is scary and no one wants to hear they have it.
As more of my friends continue to share their stories of cancer, I am reminded of how important it is to get ahead of this and provide the funding for the research that gives us better diagnosis, better treatment and better outcomes!
Do not give up on this fight!

Please share the Power of Seven project with your friends and perhaps you could post it on your FB page and let people know that we are all working together to fight breast cancer! Share it with those who have cancer to announce that we are behind them.
Every donation counts! Cancer Research is funded two ways...Government grants and through generous donations from you and I. Click here to donate. FHCRC get involved and donate

This summer, I am excited to tell you that I will be working for Colorado Outward Bound School leading courses that help students develop strength of character through wilderness experiences.  I am thrilled to be part of an organization that embraces values such as Tenacity, Curiosity, Spirit, Sensible self-denial and Compassion.June has been a very full month of training and preparing for leading a 22 day Mountaineering Course with Colorado Outward Bound students in July.  I completed 3 weeks of training with Outward Bound in the Sangres to work on technical skills of Rock Climbing, Backpacking, Snow Travel, River Crossings and Educational principles.

My other training requirement has been completing the Wilderness First Responder certification.
Then, I'm off to the OB Base-Camp site, located in Leadville, Co. for a few days of Prep for the Mountaineering course.  I will be heading into the Gore Range and I'm super stoked to be working with other OB Instructors and leading students into this beautiful and rather knarly mountain range!

EVEREST Bound...The additional training I will get this summer will better prepare me for the challenges on Mt Everest. Gaining technical skills and experience, allows me the confidence to be a safer and more responsible climber and mountaineer.  The more strength and better skills I possess, means less work and less unnecessary risk on the Sherpa of Everest. 

UPCOMING Events... Check out...The Good Karma Trek 

My friend Karma Sherpa and I have been collaborating on a project that brings good karma to all involved.  Seriously!
We call it The Good Karma Trek.

Karma Sherpa grew up in Nepal where he worked as a Himalayan guide.  He has over 15 years in the travel industry and is the Operator of Sherpa Mountain Adventures based out of Boulder, Co.   He is passionate about Nepal and helping others. Karma supports the Power of Seven project and is helping me to raise the funds needed to climb Everest.  

Karma is offering The Good Karma Trek to promote good-will and allow those who have dreamed of trekking in Nepal that opportunity.  The Good Karma Trek is a 19 day adventure that treks around the Himalayas and into Everest Base Camp!   

A BIG thank you to Neptune Mountaineering for allowing us to share a presentation with more information and details on The Good Karma Trek and a thank you to all those who joined us for the presentation.  Karma spoke passionately about the need to help others!

Currently, we have 10 trekkers signed up and still have space for others.   
The Good Karma Trek will be in October 2014, another one in March 2015 and one more in October 2015.                                         

 The Good Karma Trek offers you a once in a life-time journey to experience Nepal and it's culture, trek with experienced Sherpa guides in a breath-taking setting while providing much-needed tourism to Nepal, support to the Sherpa community and help me raise money to complete my Power of Seven project to fight cancer!

BONUS! For more serious and advanced mountaineers or trekkers, Karma can also arrange other trekking opportunities and more advanced climbs of the surrounding Himalayan peaks.

 More information... 

If you are interested in joining us for any of The Good Karma Trek opportunities or would like details
please contact me at

Happy Summer and Namaste!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Laurie! My name is Cameron Von St. James and I had a quick question for you & was wondering if you could please email me when you have a free moment. Thanks! I really hope to hear from you soon and appreciate you taking the time. ☺ cvonstjames AT gmail DOT com