Austin Whipple in The Times Argus

While home for the holidays, Austin went for a quick run in the snow and encountered a photographer from Central Vermont’s Times Argus. After a feature photo in December 27th’s issue, Austin shared a bit more information about the Climb and our cause. The entire story can be read on the Times Argus website.

From the Times Argus

The Last Six Months

It is amazing how time flies. It seems like not long ago the three of us were hanging out at our local rock gym having the discussion to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for people with disabilities so that they can live a better life. That was six months ago, and we have come a long way. During these past six months we have established an amazing partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston and have raised a little under $5000 for their organization. $5000 dollars that is helping UCP of MetroBoston provide vital services to people with disabilities in the local community.

We have learned a lot during this time. We started off as three guys in their mid-twenties who had never started a project of this magnitude. Yet in the past six months, we have learned how to create marketing materials, cultivate relationships with corporations and individuals, spread awareness through social media and other outlets, and create a brand (Climb for Cerebral Palsy). I can confidently say that we have worked hard to lay down the foundation nessecary for this charity climb to be very successful.

“It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.”

-Dahli Lama

One of the biggest lessons we have learned so far is that big changes do not happen over night, and success is rarely achieved without hard work, determination, and adversity. If you want to change the world for the better, you have to fight for what you believe in and have faith in the fact that people will listen. With that being said, we have been blessed and overwhelmed at times by the generosity of our supporters. We have connected with people we would have never spoken to before, and have heard some very moving and inspirational stories. It has been a very positive and life-changing experience for all of us.

With six months to go, there is a lot to be done and a lot to look forward too. In September, we will climb 14,000-foot mountains in Colorado to train in high-altitude conditions. In early November, we will host a film screening of short adventure films to raise money for United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. We will continue to work and train hard to build up from the foundation we have laid. In the end, this isn’t really about us climbing the mountain, it is about celebrating and helping people with disabilities. It is about supporting United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston so that they can help people with disabilities take their first steps or receive support needed to live a more independent life.

We look forward to sharing more updates in the near future.


Additional Climber: Jared Villemaire

We are happy to announce that Jared Villemaire, one of our close colleagues at Boston University, will be joining us on the trek up Kilimanjaro.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join Phil, Brian, and Austin on this journey. I’ll be so proud to join them on the peak of one of the world’s highest mountains, and to join them in raising money for people who aren’t lucky enough to be up there with us.” – Jared

Jared is a transplant to Boston, originally from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up in Florida, Jared learned to appreciate the beauty of mountains by omission (for anyone who hasn’t been/doesn’t know, Florida is very flat). After a family trip to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, Jared’s interest in climbing was piqued. The ability to support a friend in this great cause made joining Climb for CP an imperative must.

Summit on the Summit Documentary

After some research online, we came across a documentary called Summit on the Summit. The documentary is about R&B singer Kenna and a group of his celebrity friends climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for clean water.  This documentary is a true eye opener, it really gave us a perspective on some of the challenges that we will be facing.

At the same time, it provided some inspiration!