One adventurous mum and one sunny kid on a quest to hike the globe together.
It was not a new years resolution, to hike the globe, more of a new years wish – to spend more time in the mountains. Enjoying peace and freedom, feeling the winds, smelling the high mountain air and feel our bodies be alive and connected to the nature. We love adventures and especially my 7 year old Sunny kid thrives on challenges. She is a born adventurer and already an experienced hiker and mountaineer.
We will hike 46.000 altitude meters (150918.6352 feet ) this year. Counting the going up part, from start of the walk, to the highest point reached. We will only count different peaks, huts or places or at least use different approach if the same destination. Kind of like climbing Mt. Everest. Five times. Starting from the sea level. Our goal is to do as much as we can in Slovenia till the end of June, but a true wish is to hike the globe. YES! Would absolutely love to add altitude meters from other countries and continents. Plans are big and high. But we need help to financially cover the expenses of travel and gear. On our current list of countries to hike and climb are: Bulgaria ( including the highest peak of Balkans - Musala peak ) , Romania, Greece, Spain and France. In the fall the plan is to return to beloved Nepal and do the Annapurna circuit and/or Everest base camp trek. If our fundraising campaign will be successful we will be coming back to Slovenia in beginning of December with 46.000 altitude meters in our pockets.
Your help will make a dream come true for our little family. With your help this nature loving, mountain crazy, passionate climber and outoor enthusiast kid will get experiences of a life time. With your help we can show the world that anything is possible and inspire more families to spend time outdoors.
Check here to see how high we have come so far.
What are we trying to promote?
We will use the attention that our 46.000 project will get, to educate on importance of connecting children with nature. We live in the time, where raising humans, who respect and value the planet that we live on, is crucial. The connection to the natural world is ingrained in every newborn. But as a consequence of the current modern lifestyle, it is wiped away in the first years of life, for so many children. There is less and less time and opportunities for playing in the woods, running barefoot on the grass, climbing those trees, breathing in the fresh mountain air and just be wild and free. We are losing the meaning of life as we are being pulled in to shallow living, artificial food and constant overload of information that are frying our brain. We need to stop and reconnect with what we once were. Go back to nature. For me it sums up to this: If the kids spend enough time in nature, not only will they thrive in all aspects of being, but also they will stay connected with the natural world. They will feel at home in the forests in the meadows, on the peaks, by the streams… I have seen how nature becomes their favorite playground, their sunrise to sunset place to explore, their friend and companion. And what we love, what we cherish, what we are connected to, we protect. And we need kids, we need generations that are growing up now, to be the protectors of the earth, cause their grown ups, sorry for the word, but – fucked it up.
A little background
I am a single mum, running a Natural child organization in Slovenia. It is a nonprofit organization funded entirely by the parents. Our goal is keeping the kids outdoors, playing and learning in natural environment. We are also taking in traveling families to join our activities and get to know Slovenian nature in a good company of our wild and free kids. As the work I do is absolutely rewarding, emotionally fulfilling and world changing in personal sense, the financial part is really struggling. Helping us with completing our 46.000 challenge will also help me continue the work I do with new experiences and new energy. Part of the funds raised will be used to help grow our organization and our community of outdoor families.
Well, we had to come up with a number. I estimated we did about 20.000 to 25.000 last year… So to make it a challenge, we needed to somehow double it. And since I will be 39 this year and Sunny kid will be 7, that makes a nice 46. And a good number of altitude meters to rock this year – 46.000 challenge it is.
If we don´t reach the 7.000 € goal
With 7.000 we can turn our dreams of hiking the globe into reality. Smaller the founds closer to home we have to stay ;) The challenge is ON anyway.