My books and films follow my principle of “Additive Adventure”—when adventure goes beyond exploration to cultural and environmental connections that create a larger conversation of singular and collective human meaning. Accordingly, when you purchase these books and films through my site I contribute in the following meaningful ways:
Exactly one year after Vertical Ethiopia came out, at the end of a 50-city speaking tour, I received an email from a woman in Vancouver. The message had a simple question at its core: could I envision a trip to Ethiopia whereby adventure and education combined to create new stewards of the world? That question set off what is now Imagine Ethiopia, an annual journey of education, adventure, and connection with results of over $400,000 raised to fund unique schools in rural Ethiopia. It also began a deep relationship between my work and the work of imagine1day. Their work is centered around eduction. Their impact has no bounds. They exemplify commitment, results, and honor– and are the best example I have ever seen of sustainable development work well done in the world.
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Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation– Why?
Namibia is wild and accessible. As Africa’s newest independent nation, the country has an opportunity to make large strides with conservation through integration. Namibia is doing just that and is leading the world in Community Based Conservation Management. Through this movement, local, rural communities join together and create their own land management structure and share the benefits. We enjoyed these benefits on our expedition while we made the film. I support them further through the work of the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation.
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The Fistula Foundation– Why?
I traveled in Ethiopia in a group of four women with an average age of 35. We traveled in a region in Ethiopia where our contemporaries might each have five children, and have given birth to the first when they were as young as twelve. We saw young mothers everywhere, and we also saw curious young girls who came to watch us climb.
Before I went to Ethiopia I had never heard of a Fistula, and I had no idea of the impact of Fistula on the health of the women in this nation. A Fistula is a hole, and an obstetric fistula is a hole between a woman’s birth passage and one or more of her internal organs. Left untreated, a Fistula can lead to death. In Ethiopia, alone, there are an estimated 100,000 women suffering with untreated fistula, and another 9,000 women who develop fistula each year. The Fistula Foundation has hospitals around Ethiopia devoted to treating these women and to preventing Fistula with education and birth training.
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