The Human Pathfinder: High Altitude Portering on Mt. Everest (Canceled)
The pilot episode for a new age documentary series following one amateur's journey to attempt the world's most daunting challenges.
THIS SPRING, I plan to set a new world record on Mt. Everest by becoming the first ever foreigner Porter to aid a Mt. Everest expedition! And this adventure will serve as the first episode of many in my dream Television series!
So, basically, I never meant to make one of these, but a friend offered to support my project and he thought it would be a good idea to put a Kickstarter together for all of you. That is, instead of hiding it for sponsors only. So, here goes.
My name is Nate Menninger and I’m a professional amateur. If you don't know what that means, don't worry. No one does. But here's the basic idea: my childhood dream has always been to have a TV show. A program that follows me around the world as I do crazy s**t. More specifically, as I attempt, as an amateur, the world's most daunting challenges. And my pursuit to discover just how fast someone can achieve a passable level of professionalism in the world's most extreme professions.
Picture Dirty Jobs but on steroids.
Of course, I'm an adrenaline addict, hence why I love doing this stuff, but my real goal, the end goal, is to inspire others to explore the world. To pursue their most passionate dreams. And to push humanity forward, together as one. Because if a no name amateur like me can do it, then so can you...
Ok, that sounds cheesy, but it's true. That's what I believe. And that's my goal. To merely inspire people to believe in themselves. So that we can all find our place in this glorious s**t hole that we call home.
Ok. I'm done. I swear. No more philosophizing.
Anyways, as you may have seen on my strange resume, I’ve spent the last few years building a portfolio of experiences to prove my worth for a moment like this, but up until now, I’ve never had a professional, capable filmmaker by my side. However, last year, I met Stella Shabliovska, a like-minded, critically acclaimed filmmaker, and together, we joined forces to create my dream show's first pilot.
This spring, in partnership with The Small World and the Nepali Mountain Association, Shabliovska and I, having earned SPECIAL legal permission from the government, will document my journey to become the first ever foreigner to live and work as a porter (commonly known as Climbing Sherpas) in the Himalaya. And my ultimate goal to aid a Mt. Everest Expedition as the first ever foreign porter – a new world record.
My mission is to get as close to carrying the maximum load of 24 kilos up Mt. Everest with no supplement oxygen. Of course, I probably won't be able to do that. But if it's any indication as to my work ethic, I will invest as much energy as I can to achieve that goal.
To get even marginally close to this ridiculous dream, I'm going to train under a team of local professionals in an effort to learn their skills and then emulate their lifestyle. That means, like them, I will haul a hundred kilos, a hundred miles, for weeks on end. I will eat dhal bhat for every meal. And I will sleep on the cold, hard floor just like my do. And to really go balls to the wall, I will live of nothing but the gratuities I get from foreign climbers, which is exactly what they do.
The best part about this all is that Karma Sherpa, the founder of The Small World, our in-country partner and the real man responsible for creating this opportunity, also owns three major radio stations (Himal FM, Khumbu FM, and Radio Everest). And these radio stations have a following of more than 10 million listeners worldwide! So when we're done with our movie, we can rightfully deduce that the final product willlll.....BLOW UP!
If I'm being honest with all of you, my goal has always been to get a sponsor because I never wanted to ask my friends for money. Or even random people on the internet. So I've decided, that I am NOTTT asking for money.
If you want to donate, donate! And if you don't, please don't! This project is not about the money. It's about getting one more opportunity to do what I love.
ONLY donate if you actually want to see this film come to fruition. If you don't care, maybe you know someone who does? Either way, by some miracle, you've read this far. And for that, I thank you immensely. Whether it's this year or the next, with this project or another, I will never stop pursuing this dream. And that, I promise you.
As always, Keep exploring
(Guess this should be my new sign off)... The Human Pathfinder...wow, that's crazy.
If you decide that this project is sweet, here's what YOU need to know. To get the project off the ground, $10,000 would fund a "Bare Bones" documentary. The second $10,000 is raised, we will buy our tickets and begin official production! Then update you guys on our journey!
Every penny raised above that would go towards the return trip in 2020 to capture that final Everest attempt. But! If we can raise all $65,000 while we're still in Nepal and before Mid-March, then we can attempt Everest this year!
Most importantly, ALL money raised above our Everest costs will go straight back to The Small World to support their incredible work around the country.
SHOUT OUT TO OUR CURRENT SPONSORS ALREADY!
Risks and challenges
The access we’ve been granted into Nepali culture has never since before been permitted to a foreigner and has only now been granted to me because of my partnership with The Small Word and Karma’s, its founder’s, personal testimony to my character before the Nepali Mountain association as someone who will celebrate their culture on an international stage. Inspiring viewers not to feel bad for the Climbing Sherpa and porters, but to respect them as gods. Like we do, NFL athletes. Something no film has done to date.
But I know that this is a very difficult task. Failure is a very real option. My body may crumble. I might get high altitude sickness. But such a finale would only further prove just how incredibly hard working these porters are! So even if I fail, this movie could be even better!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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