We are team Ourea, a group of young mountaineers with only one goal
in mind: to climb the tallest mountains around the globe and to show the world
what mountaineering is all about.
"The Ourea were the progeny of Gaia, the gods of the mountains."
The thrill of mountaineering can transcend gender, culture and
ethnicity. The members of Team Ourea have known each other for a long period of
time and met due to their similar interests: outdoor rock climbing and
mountaineering. Having said that, this was a rare instance where people from
entirely different backgrounds and ethnicities formed an everlasting
friendship and it was all thanks to these thrilling sports. We want to help provide the world the
opportunity to form ever-lasting friendships and the steps that are needed to
take in order to start this adventure of a lifetime.
We will be
climbing the tallest mountain in North America: Mt. McKinley, better known in
the climbing community as Denali. This will be our first mountaineering
expedition outside the contiguous 48 states. During our expedition, we will be
video recording everything with a GoPro camera. We will use the hours of raw
footage to compile a documentary which would be around 2 hours in length
(subject to change). We will also be taking pictures with a second camera,
which will be used to compile a photo book of the mountaineering expedition.
With the documentary and photo book, we intend to spread them around to help
raise awareness of this exciting sport.
How We're Doing
Getting There. We will travel
from Los Angeles International Airport to Anchorage International Airport. From
the airport we will then take a shuttle to Talkeetna. Finally, from Talkeetna
we will take an air taxi to make a glacier landing at the base camp.
The Climb. The route we
will be taking is the West Buttress to the summit. This is considered the
safest route to the summit and has been established as a reliable route. From
the basecamp we will descend Heartbreak Hill and ascend the main Kahiltna
Glacier. We will climb Ski Hill, and then head towards the east, below Kahiltna
Pass. From there, we will climb up Motorcycle Hill, traverse towards the north
of Squirrel Point, and navigate around the Windy Corner. This is a location
with a breath-taking view and provides a grand level of exposure. Then
we will climb up the headwall and head towards the West Buttress. Finally, we
will follow the ridge to the summit.
Trip Details. If everything goes according to plan, the duration of
the trip will approximately be 1 month. However, we are taking into account the
unexpected and are leaving room for unforeseen obstructions. Regardless, we will be
recording all of our activity throughout the entire trip by using a GoPro
helmet camera, which will compose the bulk of the documentary. We will also be
taking higher quality pictures with a regular camera to keep a photographic
record of our journey.
Why We're Doing
We strongly believe
that mountaineering is an exhilarating sport that has yet to be discovered by
the masses. Our goal is to raise awareness of this wonderful sport through our
video in the hopes that one day, it will be a sport that is popular enough to routinely
be aired on television. We want to show our viewers the danger, the
exhilaration, the glory of going to places that are rarely trodden and can only be
experienced through mountaineering.
Who we are
The Climbers. We are a team
formed on 1 May 2012 by two experienced mountaineers, climbers and boulderers.
My name is Kevin Oka, and my partner is Xorge E. Alanis. We hope to see you
through this wonderful program of excitement, danger, hard work and adventure.
Scenes. We have a logistics team, led by members Hilaryl Au and Kyoko Horie, to plan every detail of
our trip from airfare to food rations. They will be stationed at the basecamp
or back at HQ to guide us, give warning of avalanche danger, and be ready to
respond to any emergency at hand.
Now you may be
wondering what our qualifications are to pursue such a dangerous goal, so we'll
answer that next.
Class IV - Solo climbed all of the 14,000' peaks in California in winter.
Climbing: 5.10D - Various Routes in Joshua Tree National Park, The Tramway, and
V4/5 - Various Problems in Joshua Tree National Park, Bishop, The Tramway,
Idyllwild, and Stoney Point
Xorge E. Alanis
Class IV - Climbed five 13,000' peaks in the Sierra Nevadas. Climbed two
Climbing: 5.10C - Various Routes in Joshua Tree National Park, and The Tramway
- Various Problems in Joshua Tree National Park, The Tramway and Mt. Roubidoux.
Petzl Ecrin Roc
Blanc GTX Mountaineering Boots
Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
+0 Sleeping Bag
Barryvox Avalanche Transceiver
Cold Weather Clothing
Food Rations (most likely procured in Anchorage)
Why We Need
This is an
expensive excursion due to the costs of the equipment required in order to
ensure the safety of the climbers of Team Ourea. We would like to request your
help in trying to fund some of the equipment and travel costs. The perks that
are offered in the kickstarter will be at our own expense and are guaranteed
to make it to your doorstep or inbox once the trip is completed! It is our
policy to be absolutely honest about our costs: no hidden expenditures!
Costs: $2538 x 2 = $5076
$685 x 2 = $1370
flight from Los Angeles to Anchorage $600 x 2 = $1200
NPS Permit $350
x 2 = $700
$220 x 2 = $440
Air Taxi $550 x
2 = $1100
It is so
important to us for the world to understand the passion and thrill of mountaineering.
Will you be one of the people that will help with the first step in making this a
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