Documenting the journey of a husband wife team attempting to climb 50 epic mountains, thus becoming the first people to climb all 50!
May 2010, my wife, Janelle, and I began our project we have named, Committed. We are trying to be the first people ever to climb all the routes listed in the historic book, Fifty Classic Climbs of North America. We are documenting the highs and lows that arise from being thrown into a harsh dangerous mountain environment with our spouse. That breathtaking footage is then shared via our web series.
Since April 2008, we have completed 36 of the 50 Classic Climbs! It has taken us from Colorado to Alaska to Alberta and back again. From these climbs we have produced 26 videos, currently posted on our site.
The last two years of Committed has been 90% funded by our life savings, and 10% by generous friends and family. Now, we are faced with two harsh realities:
1. Our life savings has been spent.
2. The remaining climbs are major expeditions that cost a significant amount of money (transportation, permits, provisions, and equipment).
Until now, the only way you could be involved with this major undertaking was by watching the web series videos. Now, through the help of Kickstarter, you can join the team and help us be the first to achieve this lofty goal.
Big Plans for 2012
From May thru September we will return to Alaska, Canada, and California to climb the following huge mountains:
1. Mt. Huntington via the Harvard Route, Alaska
2. Denali via the Cassin Ridge (highest mountain in North America), Alaska
3. Mt Waddington via the South Face, British Columbia, Canada
4. Mt Robson via the Wishbone Arete, British Columbia, Canada
5. Mt St Elias via the Abruzzi Ridge, Alaska
6. Mt Alberta via the Japanese Route, Alberta, Canada
7. Mt Edith Cavell via the North Face, Alberta, Canada
8. El Capitan via the Salathe Wall, Yosemite NP, California
Your donation will be wisely used to cover the many expenses of the Committed. From transportation to permits to editing, it adds up quickly. As climbers, we have become Jedi Masters in the art of value shopping. The rewards listed on the right are intended to be a "thank you" for your support. If you have an idea for a new reward, we are all ears (email below).
Example of the previous webisodes:
We Need Your Help
Kickstarter is the coolest, most credible, online fundraising platform in the world. The way it works:
1. Become a "Backer" by donating a certain amount of money.
2. Your level of donation will dictate what cool "rewards" you will receive directly from us, the Smileys. Rewards are listed in the right column of this page.
3. If we do not reach our goal of $25,000 Kickstarter will not give us any of your donations, and the money will be returned to you. It's all or nothing!
4. The goal of $25,000 can be exceeded! If that happens the quality of the final product will increase in quality, as we will be able to leverage the extra funding for a higher caliber production.
Rewards for You:
-Visit our photo gallery at www.smileysproject.com to see what photos you would like to receive.
-If you have any questions about the rewards please send me an email.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Name listed on SmileysProject.com as a member of the RockStar Club. AND receive our monthly update email that has photos and climbing tips to help you be safer, faster and stronger. AND a long distance air high five!Estimated delivery:
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Access to an exclusive "Thank You" video (which contains a super secret relationship enhancement tip). AND one high-res photo from our site's photo gallery. +the reward listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Two high-res photos of you choosing from our site's photo gallery emailed to you. +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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One beautiful 8"x10" archival print of Mark's favorite mountain scape photograph, signed by Janelle and Mark, and mailed to your door. AND four stunning desktop background images from the site's gallery emailed directly to your inbox [Int'l folks, please add $5 for shipping costs] +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Name and headshot photo artistically listed in the credits of all 2012 web series videos under, "Special Thanks To" category. AND get private access to digitally download the entire 2012 Series in HD! +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Name & Link to your website on the SmileysProject.com website during 2012 (Ave. of 5500 page visits/month). Think SEO baby! AND get a SNEAK PEAK view of the latest web series video before anyone else! +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Personal 15 minute Satellite Phone call with the Smileys from the cold glacier in Alaska to talk about anything (i.e.-shooting videos, climbing, how to get your wife into climbing, or what the glacier is like that day). +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Receive a stunning 12"x18" framed photograph from our site's gallery. It will be framed by the Unframer in Steamboat Springs, CO, and mailed to your door [please add $30 for international shipping] +the rewards listed above.Estimated delivery:
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Your name listed as "Contributor" in the 2012 videos. AND You join us for a personal day of climbing or hiking in Yosemite in October when we are there to climb El Capitan. (this can also apply to the other locations we will be visiting in 2012: AK, WA, OR, CA, WY, MT, and AB & BC in Canada) +the rewards listed above.Estimated delivery:
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Title of "Associate Producer" in the 2012 videos. AND you can have a guest appearance in one of the videos (if desired). [excludes your travel expenses] AND a high res photograph of us on the summit of Denali (20,320') holding a banner with your chosen image or logo professionally photoshopped on the banner, printed poster sized, and mailed to you. +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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We will come to your location and host a exclusive slide show for you and your friends. (please add the cost of plane tickets, if needed). We will work out a date that works best for both parties. +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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Title of "Producer" in the 2012 videos. AND you and 3 friends join us to climb a mountain of your choosing! [Lower 48 States only]. You pick it and we will show up. AND we will carry and photograph a 4'x4' banner with a logo/image of your choosing to the summit of Denali (highest mountain in North America), print it poster sized, and mail it to you. +the available rewards above.Estimated delivery:
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Title of "Executive Producer" listed on all videos in the series created in 2012. AND the option to Vinyl wrap our 2008 Dodge Sprinter van that we drive across the country with your company's logo or tasteful image (does not include the cost of the vinyl wrap, approx $2000). AND a 24"x36" archival print of a photo from our gallery, delivered, with a hand-made aged barn wood frame, and the highest quality glass. +the rewards listed aboveEstimated delivery:
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