One of the toughest aspects of trying to complete an expedition of this size is organising all of the dozens of things around the actual training and climbing that need to happen. Publicity is necessary, as are both money and time. As this is an area we haven’t put as much effort into recently, this month we have been working on getting these aspects into shape.
First up was the decision to have a ‘launch’ event. It may seem a bit after the fact, we’ve been blogging about this expedition here for about two years after all, but it is important to make sure that we get media attention if we are to get sponsors. So, with the assistance of a couple of our media guru friends, we decided to have a launch event. We hope to have it in a Tiso store in the October half-term holiday, and to make it a fun event for both children and their parents to come to. There will be activities based on the expedition, and our patron Mark Beaumont will be there as well, to answer questions alongside ourselves. It is the early days of arranging this, but you are all welcome, and we will be sure to update you on it as soon as we have more inform ation!
Having a launch event is aimed as spreading the word about the expedition through both individuals and hopefully some media coverage, and the purpose of publicity is to raise awareness of both the Bantuan Coffee Foundation that we will be raising money for, but also to show potential sponsors that we are able to organise such an event and reach out to more and more people. So alongside the event we have been working to get our sponsorship information in order. This has meant revising and updating both a brief introduction document, as well as a more substantial sponsorship pack, and picking out companies to approach.
We hope to start sending out our initial approaches to selected companies who are a match with our values and aspirations in the next couple of weeks, and it is sure to be a nerve-wrecking process both approaching sponsors and waiting for responses from them. However time is moving on, and with our plans becoming more and more settled by the week, we need to make sure we are engaging sponsors at the right time.
We have also finally had confirmation from both of our employers that they are willing to give us unpaid leave to pursue the 0to8848 expedition! Given the length of time training expeditions to Aconcagua and Denali take, it was essential that we were able to take time out from our jobs to complete them. Thankfully we are both luck enough to work for understanding and flexible employers! The University of Strathclyde and Crieff Vets, take a bow. We are certainly very happy that they have seen the value of the expedition, and that clears another of the many challenges to completing the expedition.
Last, but not least important, we have also been training hard in and outside of the gym. Going to the gym isn’t much fun at the best of times, but when it’s a nice day outside it makes it doubly hard. However, sometimes there are just no good alternatives to get the workouts we need in the short times we have available. Thankfully, we have also been lucky enough to have enjoyed some of the Scottish summer, in particular last weekend, when we managed to find two sunny days to do training walks up Beinn Glas and Ben Lawers, on the Saturday, and Meall Ghaordaidh on the Sunday. Over the two days we managed to carry a total of 85kg up 3,000ft, so we’re certainly getting stronger!
Our days continue to be filled with the variety of both everyday life and the additional tasks associated with the expedition, and we’ll update you on progress as soon as it happens. Enjoy the summer while it lasts!Share this on
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