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Sunday, August 12th, 2007
10:44 am
Grand Tetons with a good cause
I am participating in this fundraiser, where the money I raise go to providing an opportunity to take under[riviledged teen backpacking in some of the most beautiful moyntains in eth States. It will help them develop a character, leadership skiils and positive attitude towards life in general, the way I see it. You can find program details here: http://www.summitforsomeone.org/v2/getinvolved.php

As part of the fundraiser, i get to climb Grand Teton in Wyoming: http://www.summitforsomeone.org/v2/teton.php#
Flying out next Wednesday. Hiking up on Friday and Saturday, and climbing on Sunday! 3 pitches of climbing above elevation of 13,000ft shall be something special! I can just taste it!

I wonder if the kids I am raising the money for will get to climb it too... those would be some lucky kids! I guess that's the whole point of this fundraiser -- to make these kids feel on top of the world for once.... http://www.summitforsomeone.org/v2/youthagencies.php

I am at the final push for raising the money and am about $750 short, but at least it's not $3500 which I started with! So, if any of you will find it in their hearts to help with this great cause -- I'd really appreciate it! All donations are tax deductible! You will receive a letter stating the amount a few weeks after you have made the donation.
Here's trhe website for doantions:
https://ssl.charityweb.net/bcm/summit07/svetlanakhaykina .
No amount is small! i'll appreciate anything you are willing to part with!

Thank you all!
Ps: As part of the training for the Tetons I have hiked on Mt Langley last weekend. Check it out: http://www.menem.com/gallery/v/SvetaPhotos/MtLangley/
Saturday, April 7th, 2007
10:24 am
Mountaneering, climbing and good cause!
I have not realized how hard it would be to raise money before I committed to it! wow! what a surprise -- people don't really like to give away money :)))

So, for those of you who don't know: I am trying to raise $3,500 to do this climb. The money go to the charity organization who’s goal is to provide similar opportunities for the underprivileged city kids -- to give them the opportunity to get out in the nature. You can read more about the organization here: http://www.summitforsomeone.org/v2/aboutus.php. And as part of the program I will be climbing Grand Teton in Teton National Park, Wyoming. The whole trip to the top is 4 days: 2 days of strenuous hiking and a day climbing, like real climbing with ropes and stuff at elevation of 13,000ft! I am extremely excited about this climb, and everyone I talk to about it can't say enough about the beauty of that place! I'm ready to go now! Except I am in the hole with the money and need any help you can give me....

All donations are tax-deductible. The donors will receive a letter within 90 days of their donations with the tax deduction information. My donation page is https://ssl.charityweb.net/bcm/summit07/svetlanakhaykina.htm

So, there have to be people around with their own businesses who are trying to reduce their taxes... hmmm... How do I make it interesting for them? All big organizations and individuals for whom a little donation can go a long way! Anyone?

I am looking for people and organizations that can donate to my climb and get tax deductions,
and I am looking for ideas for different ways to raise money...

I'd appreciate any help, any amount of money anyone can donate and any ideas you may have for raising money! I will really appreciate your help! If you have any questions about the program or me or anything, you can visit the site, reply to this post, or send me e-mail at semicvet@gmail.com
http://www.summitforsomeone.org/v2/fundraising.php more info on fundraising
https://ssl.charityweb.net/bcm/summit07/svetlanakhaykina.htm my donation page

Tuesday, July 27th, 2004
8:30 pm

This doesn't really count as exploring I guess, but it's what I did this weekend and the previous one (before that I just did the hike).

Anyway.. it's here on O'ahu, over near the southeast corner.
Basically it's a bike (17km each way) from my place in Manoa through Waialae-Kahala, over to Hawai'i Kai and then up Koko Crater which gives a fantastic view of that part of the island.

The ride itself is fairly uneventful (minus a small hill climb at the end and lots of headwind as you head east against the tradewinds), and the hike is hot and dusty, but the view is gorgeous.

The hike itself starts at a public park, and you walk through some tall grass to get to the trailhead. The trail is the remnant of a tram railway that goes up the side of the crater where there used to be a radar station to guide coastal batteries (apparently).

It's pretty dry and dusty, and frankly not that exciting. It's basically just sheer will grinding up what starts as like maybe a 15-25% grade for the first half and then after you cross a rail bridge it turns into more of a 30-50% grade. The rail bridge can be a little iffy the first time, especially coming down because it's somewhat steep, and a few of the ties are either missing or semi-rotted. The bees buzzing around and the prospect of falling through the gaps for 20 feet or so to the gully below doesn't help either. There are a few spots where if you fell you would quite literally go down which isn't a big deal except for the first time I went up and I got a little dehydrated and sorta teetered on the edge a bit. It's not a big deal for someone with even moderate backcountry experience.

You're basically hiking up the tramway so there's rails, an old cable, as well as electrical utility lines (now defunct, but army-installed so they'll be there for another hundred years - we want to take a sawzall and chop them down but they're pretty tough). This does make it a lot easier than if it were just loose gravel (Hawai'i has 'rotten' rock) and mud, because the ties are pretty good at providing traction. However they're sufficiently decrepit that it's not just like climbing up stairs.

When you finally get to the top it's all worth it. The heat, the dust, the misery, it all melts away as you're greeted with a beautiful view down into the crater itself (You've ascended the leeward side which is higher because when it erupted more ash was deposited downwind) as well as all the way to Diamond Head, back into the valley behind Hawai'i Kai. Haunauma Bay is especially pretty. The wind rushes up the 'bowl' of the crater and is amplified to some degree creating a really incredible blast that cools you off instantly. The windward side of the crater is remarkably steep because of the extra weathering it gets. There are some beautiful rock formations created by the wind on the rim of the crater itself. The rim is hikeable though I have not done it (yet.)

There are a network of blockhouses and tunnels which I have not explored yet (gotta get a camera first). Some have been welded shut, but others (like a 20+ ft deep open latrine) are rather dangerous. There are also some nifty cacti as well as one which produces a 6-petaled flower.

Pictures and maps behind cutCollapse )

Well.. hopefully that interested someone, and I hope more people join this community! I love to hear about what other people do.
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