About our Trip
Trip Start Mar 21, 2012
24Trip End Mar 25, 2013
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We feel we are the lucky few who get to experience many parts of the world and actually apply our lessons learned. Taking what we learned from our adventure back in 2009/2010 (see the "Where in the world are Ben and Lindsey" blog):
1. Slow down and spend more time in key areas to get to know the people and become a part of the community.
2. Incorporate a variety of service opportunities into the itinerary to show our appreciation for the places we love and that have given so much to us.
3. Don't plan out every detail and leave some room for spontaneity and chance.
4. Spend more time on the rocks, in the mountains and in rural towns--favor this over time in big cities (the two of us are bad at traveling through big cities and enjoying all there is to offer). Of course, this strategy applies to what we have learned about who we are as people--it's not a strategy for everyone!
Our Rough Itinerary
Over the course of the next 12 months, we roughly plan to follow the below itinerary:
- Mid-March to early May: Brazil. First stop is Rio de Janeiro, where we will be checking in and helping where we can with Asa Firesone's "Centro de Escaladas Urbanas” (CEU) (The Center for Urban Climbing) project. With a little grant money, some good relationships, sponsorships from climbing retailers, and lots of ambition, Asa's team plans to build a climbing program for underprivileged children in the favelas to escape the poverty, violence and crime and promote self confidence and a healthy/active lifestyle. We'll also meet some friends up in Salvador and go climbing in Serra do Cipo and Chapada Diamantina.
- May to Mid-July: Peru. We will be based in the rugged and spectacular Cordillera Blanca. This is nearest the town of Huaraz (a long bus from Lima). There, we will stay at an eco-lodge that also runs a non-profit called the Andean Alliance. We’ll be teaching the local community of children English, math, technology, and building upon an outdoor leadership program that was piloted this year.
- Mid July to Mid-November: U.S. Road Trip. We bought a 22-foot Dodge Sprinter van (you can stand up in it) and are in the process of camperizing it for a long climbing road trip. Photos of the van conversion progress can be found on Ben's Facebook page. First stop is the Sierras, where we have several objectives and may instruct in another outdoor education program. We’ll hit a number of other places too: Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and Kentucky.
- Mid November to??? (probably late February): SE Asia. Little has been planned for this leg of the trip since it’s so far out, but likely a trip back to Thailand (Lindsey may be getting dental surgery there!) and considering Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
So far, we've explored the following ideas for giving back to our communities and the places we visit:
- Supporting Asa Firestone's CEU project (mentioned above) in Rio de Janeiro where we can. This project has recently expanded, which is a great opportunity but also has slowed the overall project. Asa's blog: http://asafirestone.wordpress.com/ and their new CEU website: http://www.escaladaurbana.com/english/
- Working with the Andean Alliance in Peru and learning about their eco lodge (Lazy Dog Inn): http://www.thelazydoginn.com/
- Instructing a course in the Sierras with Big City Mountaineers
- Crag cleanup and sustainability programs where possible and where needs exist
Lindsey will also be researching service opportunities along the way as this has become a growing passion of hers--ideas of all kinds are welcome!
We hope you join us along the way for our adventure--either via this blog or by joining us in person if you can. We look forward to keeping in touch!