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postheadericon Happy New 42!

It’s almost a year since Project 42ude got under way and of course there are new adventures in the pipeline. The following is Alice’s latest plan:

In March 2014, I’ll again be competing in the Grand Traverse, a 42 mile self supported backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen, to raise money for Big City Mountaineers. My teammate and I are one of only a few teams that are racing for charity, and we’ve committed to raising $1500 for Big City Mountaineers — a 501c3 non-profit that uses the outdoors to mentor inner-city, non privileged youth.

My teammate for this race is Jeff Wanner, a friend and endurance athlete here in Boulder. During the Grand Traverse, we’ll race in a 2-person team as we climb, skin and ski our way up and over the Elk Mountain Range gaining a cumulative 7800 feet of elevation. We start at midnight in the cold and dark, racing through sunrise and into daylight. We hope to be in Aspen by sundown the following day.

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a organization that provides self-growth-oriented wilderness opportunities for underserved youth, and it bolsters its student outcomes by structuring programs around a close-knit 1-on-1 mentoring program. BCM is an organization worthy of our (and your!) support. Last year we helped send 5 young women from inner cities in the midwest to the Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota for an impactful, confidence building, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out what these ladies had to say about their BCM experience at our fundraiser central webpage.

Please help us provide this experience for another group of deserving young folks by contributing to our fundraising goal! This is the perfect way to give a holiday gift to yourself or to loved ones without adding to the clutter of their closets. If you are making a donation on behalf of someone as a Christmas gift let me know and I will personally write them a holiday card and thank you note. (Promise!) I find giving donations at this time of year help me reflect on and appreciate my own good fortune, something that is easy to bypass without a deliberate calling such as this.
Donations are also tax-deductible — you’ll get an official receipt from BCM that you can print out for tax purposes, so it is a win-win!

Donations of any size can be made by credit card at our fundraising site and click on “Make a Gift!” in the red box on the right hand. The site is: http://support.bigcitymountaineers.org/site/TR/SummitforSomeone/General?px=1001822&pg=personal&fr_id=1161

Thanks in advance for supporting us in this cause!
Alice (and Jeff)

PS – If you’re interested in more information on the race itself, check out:
http://www.elkmountainstraverse.com/
A short video on the jist of the race: http://vimeo.com/4717309
For more info on Big City Mountaineers, go here:

postheadericon World Famous in NZ

Wilderness Magazine

Christian has made a couple of recent contributions to New Zealand’s Wilderness Magazine, the latest being December 2013’s full length article that brings Project 42ude to the masses and reflects on the benefits of taking on the challenges posed by off-trail wilderness travel. Click the image or this link to read the article.

postheadericon NOLS Leader article

Alice Hill wrote an article for the National Outdoor Leadership School’s alumni magazine: “The Leader”. Exploring “tolerance for adversity and uncertainty”, one of the school’s valued leaderships skills, Alice’s piece describes the fortitude that went into carrying out Project 42ude. Click here to read the article in the Summer 2013 edition of The Leader.

postheadericon Portland Presentation!

Alice, Christian and Rachel will be telling the 42ude story and offering NZ expedition planning advice at Portland REI on Wed 19 June, 6.30pm. Portland-based Project 42ude sponsor Bogg’s Trailbutter will also be there offering samples! Check http://www.rei.com/event/51160/session/72138 for more details…

postheadericon Processing photos!

Arrival at Kekerengu

Arrival at Kekerengu

A new page has been added to this site where we will post photos, videos and presentations as we have chance to edit and upload them. All 42uders have now dispersed to face the perils of work and so there may be a delay before these are finished, but it will be worth the wait!

postheadericon Tasman Sea to Pacific Ocean in 26 days

We made it! After some phenomenally good summer weather this last week or so, we arrived in Kekerengu on the east coast at about 2.30 pm on 29th Jan 2013, a day or 2 ahead of our proposed schedule. A swim in the sea and a beer at the Kekerengu Store were definitely well received. Now we’re all having a few days which will be centred around very little walking and a large amount of sitting – probably while re-acquainting ourselves with various refreshing beverages! Watch this space and our facebook page for photos, trip highlights and stats in the weeks to come. Thanks to everyone who helped make this crossing such a success!

postheadericon Pit-stop in Murchison!

Well – the first ration is complete! We’ve had a great 8 days crossing the Paparoas and Victoria Forest Park. Plenty of clear rivers, steep spur bush whacking and some awesome ridge-top travel, with great weather at the points just where we needed it.

Now we are in Murchison, just north of 42 degrees S, trying to get the overheated Subaru that we were using for our re-ration sorted at the mechanic! It’s forced a rest day and may mean that we skip the Matakitaki River section of our traverse, but the team is glad of an excuse to sit in some cafes and miss the latest weather system. We’re hoping to be back on track later today. Check our SPOT map for progress updates!

postheadericon Going West!

We’re currently packing up, getting ready to depart Christchurch tomorrow morning. Follow our progress from the West Coast by clicking through to our SPOT message page. This map will be updated daily with our camp coordinates sent via the SPOT GPS messenger service.

postheadericon Countdown to 42ude – less than 1 week to go!

Departure date: 3.1.13. What better day to start a number-titled expedition than one with a palindrome date? I suppose that depends on your point of view… given that the Hill sisters are from the USA they will have 1.3.13 written in their diaries – which is also numerically pleasing. Well anyway, the long and the short of it is that we’re less than a week away from January 3rd 2013 when the traverse gets under way. Watch this space and follow us on facebook for updates!

postheadericon Project 42 goes live!

Welcome to Project 42ude! Watch the adventure unfold on this page and now on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Project42ude

Fun 42 Fact
In radio "ten-code" 10-42 means "Ending Tour of Duty" - or off duty!
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