Climb for Kids 2013: Mount Elbrus, Russia

The Emiliani Project is kicking off our summer fundraising campaign with Climb for Kids 2013.  On July 22, 2013, Emiliani co-founder Jordan Reece will be leaving for southwestern Russia to climb the highest mountain peak in Europe to raise awareness and money for our project in Colombia.  Jordan is going to document his journey with photos, video, and a real-time online feed of his progress as he climbs to plant The Emiliani Project banner on the top of the 18,510 foot peak.

Mount Elbrus

We are looking for your show of support!  As part of our Climb for Kids 2013 campaign, we are soliciting pledges.  You make a small financial pledge and Jordan will do all of the heavy lifting!  Jordan is paying for the climb himself, so 100% of pledge money goes directly to The Emiliani Project home for orphaned children in Medellin, Colombia.  Our pledge goal for Climb for Kids 2013 is $25,000.

How to Pledge

It’s super easy.  We are asking for a $25 pledge, but you can pledge any amount you want!  Anytime before July 31, you simply tell us how much you want to pledge, by doing any one of the following:

1. Sending us an email at

2. Pledging via credit card/echeck on our Donate page

3. Telling any of our staff or volunteers

4. Sending us a message in Facebook

5. Sending us a tweet in Twitter

6. Hiring a skywriter and telling us where to look

Pledges to Date

Remember, your pledges are fully tax deductible and 100% of pledges go directly to our Project in Medellin!  We’ll continue to keep this page updated on our pledges to date.

About Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountain range, located in southwestern Russia between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.  Mount Elbrus dominates the countryside of the Central Caucasus like a two-headed icy giant.  It has two peaks that correspond to two different volcano vents: the western peak (Zapadnaya) is the tallest one, while the eastern peak (Vostochnaya).  At 18,510 feet, Zapadnaya peak is the highest point in Europe and Western Asia.

How to Watch the Climb

You can follow every step of Jordan’s trip online:

Facebook – we’ll post videos, photos and updates by satellite phone
Twitter – we’ll be tweeting every update
Watch the Map – starting July 27 you can watch Jordan tracked by GPS on the map!

About the Climb

Jordan will be climbing with a group consisting of 10 other climbers.  The group will arrive in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 23 and depart Russia, via Moscow on August 4.  The complete itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday – July 23: Arrive St. Petersburg, Russia

Thursday – July 25: Leave St. Petersburg and fly south to Mineral Vody (mineral water), and then travel by bus to a hotel in the Baksan Valley.

Friday – July 26: First altitude acclimatization hike to the Cheget Ridge in Baksan Valley.

Saturday – July 27:  Second acclimatization hike to the Cheget observatory.

Sunday – July 28: Move to “barrels” to stay the night at about 11,000 feet.

Monday – July 29: Third acclimatization hike to Pastukov rocks (15,416 feet).

Tuesday – July 30: Brief skills review and rest day before summit.

Wednesday – July 31: Summit day: Depart camp via Snow-cat at 3:00am and ride to Pastukov Rocks area. From the rocks we begin our summit ascent. It is a 12-hour summit day.

Thursday – August 1: Extra day at barrels in case inclement weather prevents our climb on July 31.  Will return to valley if we have already summited.

Friday – August 2: Additional inclement weather day if needed.

Saturday – August 3: Fly Mineral Vody to Moscow

Sunday – August 4: Depart Moscow for USA.