The story of how my dream to climb the seven summits turned into providing clean drinking water to the people in northern Uganda.
In 2010, I set out to climb Everest from the north side and to complete climbing the 7 Summits (climbing to the summit of the highest peak of every continent). During my training in the Himalaya, I discovered the water crisis and it changed me.
Photo of Cho Oyu- where the idea to form Global H2O was realized
It was then, in 2009, when I fell ill with dysentery on Cho Oyu, forcing me to turn back on my attempt to reach the 6th highest peak on the planet. During the time I was sick, I experienced what the people without clean water experience on a regular basis.
Upon return to my home in Munich, I dedicated my climb of Everest to the water crisis, and founded a 501c3 entity in the USA. I focused an entire year of my life on reaching the highest point on the planet and creating an all-volunteer organisation with the goal to provide clean drinking water to the people in Northern Uganda.
Photo from summit of Everest (May 23, 2010)
What was originally a personal goal became a quest to deliver clean drinking water to the thirsty millions in war-stricken Northern Uganda. Through this story, the charity, Global H2O was born. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMDa1OnZNj8)
I have completed the first draft of this story and am looking for sponsors of this project to cover the publishing/ editing cost of my first book. This project is close to being completed and through this reward structure, I know I can reach my goal. I am looking forward to mailing out the first copies!
Thanks for your support!
Text from the book:
Just as I was thinking these thoughts, water erupted from the site in Lamwoyopodo. The water covered all the layers of rock and earth which now sat on the surface. The colors blended into a common tone as the water pumped out with greater intensity and volume. Amazed by the volume, I asked, “How deep are we?” Nick replied, “35 meters. I think we need to go to 40 and stop. The looks bigger than anything I have ever seen!”
(10,000 liters per hour of water)
I walked over to the rig which was still hard at work, reaching my hand into the cool jets erupting from the depths of the savanna. Filling my hands with the water, I bowed my head into the spray, cooling myself instantly and began to cry. I heard Nick screaming above the noise of the rig “Ten cube! Do you know what that means? We hit ten cube of water!” He was as emotional as I was, explaining that the driller’s yield (the estimated output of the borehole) was 10,000 liters per hour- enough for more than 5000 people.
Picture from the moment...
The children from the community who had gathered on the ant hill were now playing in the water, and the women and mothers were channeling the water to collect for the evening meals already.
I again thought of Coelho but this time it was Eleven Minutes, “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.” This summed it all up. I had given up my career as a controller to follow a dream. I had nothing left to lose and stripped myself completely of who I was to find myself in the mountains. I had found my calling and that core of me.
My soul was suddenly a bottomless well filled with the waters of the earth ready to quench the thirst of millions. I came from this earth, I loved it with all my heart, and I had hoped to share this love with others as one day I too will be consumed by the earth and my soul will be apart of the others, and my transformation will be complete.
The edit and publishing costs of the book will be funded through these rewards.
Well... you should read the book. You can order a signed first edition copy by contributing $60 or more.
I have written two drafts. The book is currently over 350 pages. The story in its entirety is finished, and I am currently editing down the first draft.
I will mail you a copy of the hard-bound, first edition copy signed with a personal thank you. As a bonus, I will have a special page in this edition with your name on the page as a thanks for sponsoring my writing! :) Maximum 4000 copies, minimum 250 copies need to be purchased here... I think that 250 should be manageable.
pledged of $15,500 goal
seconds to go
May 13, 2012 - Jul 12, 2012 (60 days)
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James will email you a photo of the north side of Everest.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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I will email a digital copy (MS Word) of the text after the edit is complete in August.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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James will email a photo from the first project of Global H2O.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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This is simply a non-collectors copy of the paperback. I will mail anywhere inside of the USA for this price, for European addresses add $3. Asian and South American addresses add $5. I cannot unfortunately mail this to Africa.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
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A first edition paperback will be signed and mailed to you directly.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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James will mail a signed photo of his summit of Everest.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Multiple copies of the paperback. I will sign and send multiple copies to you if you back this reward. $15 per copy. You will get a minimum of 3 paperback books here. For every $15 incremental, I will add 1 book to the minimum.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $60 or more
27 backers Limited (3973 of 4000 left)
A signed and delivered first edition copy from James Wilde with a personal thank you. You will need to provide a physical mailing address where to receive the book.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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10 backers All gone!
James will mail you a stone that he picked from the summit of Everest.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Multiple copies of the hardback. I will sign and send multiple copies to you if you back this reward. $50 per copy. You will get a minimum of 2hardback books here. For every $50 incremental, I will add 1 book to the minimum.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $500 or more
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Ever wondered what it is like to write a book? For this reward, I will share in a hand written note how I managed to produce the very first draft. This will be accompanied by one photo, a printed draft of the first version (raw and unedited) and well as a signed copy of the final hardback with a personal thank you for your support. This is a limited offer because of the sensitive nature of the first text.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
200 First edition paperback copies signed and mailed to one address directly.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
I have mounted an empty Poisk O2 bottle from Mount Everest, signed by my team mates and me. Along with this, I will send a personal, framed note to accompany the bottle and you will receive a signed copy of Moving Mountains as well as credit in the book for your support of the project. There is only one bottle! so the limit is one on this reward.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
James Wilde will fly to you anywhere in the world and give a slide show/ presentation for you and guests (at a location you provide) on Everest, The Seven Summits and Global H2O. Additionally, I will bring and sign 20 first edition copies for your team...which will also get a mention in the credits for the book. This fits well as a corporate event or a team building exercise.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
Pledge $4,700 or more
1 backer All gone!
400 First edition paperback copies mailed to one address.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $6,500 or more
1 backer All gone!
200 First edition hardback copies signed and mailed to one addressEstimated delivery: Dec 2012