Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pikes Peak 2010 - Check!

We wanted to quickly update you on the trip. We made it to Pikes Peak!! We are currently on route to Des Moines through Denver. Sorry we couldn't blog yesterday as the ipad ran out of battery. Tomorrow we will blog about yesterday and today's event.

It has been an amazing event - quite challenging but a lot of fun. Stay tuned for photos and videos of the event courtesy of Riz Photography. :)

We should be in Des Moines by 2 a.m.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pikes Peak Day 2 has been perfect

Day 2 has been perfect. 

All twelve of us made it to Barr camp considering a third of the group had never hiked before!!! The 6.5 mile hike today was no stroll in the park - I guess it's Pikes Peak, what were we thinking? There were some serious elevation especially the last 0.5 miles. 

After picking the rest of the team from Denver, CO, we arrived at the trailhead at Manitou Springs at 11.30 a.m.The weather was perfect with clear skies and temperatures in the 70s - most of us hiked with t-shirts. The hike was fun but very challenging. The steepness of the mountain especially the last 0.5 miles knocked the wind out of every one. Perfect for the spaghetti and marinara sauce exotic dinner. The agenda of the night was too dehydrated over selves in preparation to summit Pikes Peak tomorrow!

Tomorrow we leave at 7 a.m for the summit. We hope to be at the top around noon for some donuts and lunch :) it's going to be a tough climb tomorrow especially after 1200 ft when the altitude starts kicking in.

Riz Photography did an amazing job with the photos. We will upload them soon. '"It is awesome to be part of this great cause. The shoot today was fabulous and tomorrow will be better" said Riz Manji, President of Riz Photography.

Alright folks, I am either going to join the half of the group who are snoozing away or the other half who are playing UNO in the common area.

More tomorrow - stay tuned on us conquering Pikes Peak!      


Pikes Peak 2010 - it has began!!

Pikes Peak 2010 - it has began!

So yet again we are doing another mountain climb and this times it's PIkes Peak in Colorado. Pikes Peak is the most visited mountain in North America - second in the world to Mt Fuji in Japan. At 14,000+ feet, Pikes Peak is not only challenging but also dangerous.

Twelve climbers (two had to back out at the last minute due to unavoidable circumstances but will be with us in spirit :) ) and Riz Photography have embarked on this trip to conquer the mountain. We start the ascend  in 10 or so hours. The group's goal is to raise awareness of the plight of AIDs orphans in Africa and help raise $1500 so 7 orphans can be educated next year. Thanks to all our gracious donors we have raised approximately $1200 so far. We are hopefully we will reached our goal by the time we return to our homes on Sunday. If you would like to donate go to

As I am writing this, 10 of us are driving to Denver, CO to meet the other 2 climber (hope they are getting some rest because the people in this car aren't - everyone is excited and the music is blasting the sound system). Just to give you a reference point it's 11.53 pm and we are passing mile marker 83 on I-80. We should be in Denver around 8 a.m and at the trailhead in Manitou Spring around 10 a.m. The plan tomorrow, or rather today as it just struck midnight, is to hike 6 miles to Barr campsite where we will have  dinner and rest. Plan to be at Barr camp at around 4 p.m. It should be interesting with no heat, showers, drinking water and a few sleeping outside in lean-to's at the campsite. Hey it part of the fun - and we packed a soccer ball so they will some Messi action at Barr. :)

The timing of this trip has been perfect with the United Nation Millennium Development Goal (MDG)summit taking place this week and global leaders dedicating more funds to fight poverty. We will have a blog post next week outlining how our mission aligns with MDG. We are honored to be with great organizations such as the (red), One, and Gates foundation in the fight of poverty and in particular supporting those who are affect or infected by the AIDs epidemic.

As you might know, Sept 23rd was declared the social good day by (red) and Mashable. We attended a preclimb event organized by One ( to discuss how social media can be used to help promote causes. Great event and thanks to all the supporter and well wishers. To illustrate how we use social media, I am blogging sitting in a car (no i am not driving lol) , using the iPad and the Verizon mifi in the middle of I 80 with corn fields all over.

I better join in the fun with the group. We will blog more tomorrow - hopefully all warm at Barr camp. Stay tune for more from us including pictures - will post pictures of our new Peak 4 Poverty t-shirt~ they are sick!!! :)

Adios amigos.