About Us

Why water?

More than 90% of the 30,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that a significant amount of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. (source: WHO). We simply can’t sit back and ignore the problem, hoping someone else will take care of it. So we decided to help in our own unique way.


We’re doing something about it

What started as a few friends fulfilling a life-long dream to climb one of the tallest mountains on earth, evolved into our desire to use the experience to raise awareness of the water crisis facing the undeveloped world in a unique and meaningful way.

In the summer of 2011 the original team embarked on their first “climb for water” by traveling to Tanzania in eastern Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Despite freezing temperatures and acute altitude sickness, all members of the team successfully reached the 19,340 foot summit on the morning of September 2, 2011.

The success of that climb exceeded expectations and prompted the team to want to continue the effort in the years to come. In 2012 the Climb for Water team brought the journey back to the United States where we attempted to climb Pikes Peak in Colorado. On Saturday, September 15, 2012 all twenty climbers on the team successfully reached the summit at 14,115 feet – one of the highest points in the continental United States. As a result Climb for Water raised more money to help fight the water and sanitation crisis than our previous year.

Our most recent journey in 2014 brought us to the incredibly beautiful and wild country of Ecuador. Famous for its “Avenue of Volcanoes,” the team embarked on a mission to tackle the toughest climb yet – Cotopaxi. At 19,347 feet and requiring technical climbing gear, it would prove to be more difficult than any of us imagined. A dedicated team of 7 climbers attempted the summit on January 25, 2014. While all team members reached new personal elevation records, only 2 of us made it to the summit that day – proving the mountain’s infamous 25% success rate to be true. Regardless, it was an incredible experience and generated thousands of dollars to help water projects around the world.

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How can you help?

The climbing team has aligned with Water For People, an organization that helps people in developing countries improve the quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources and sanitation facilities.WFPlogo

Our modest goal for 2016 is just $5000. That amount alone is enough to change the lives of nearly 1,000 people and bring hope to countless others in the generations who follow.

Please click the button below and help us save lives. Even a small amount will make an incredible difference.