Mountain: Pico de Orizaba in Mexico 18,700'
Dormant conical volcano - you climb the glacier after climbing up the scree
(rock fragments broken off by freeze thaw of the glacier pull back)
Base Camp Hut: about 13,500'
Little Village stayed in: Tlachichuca (2 hr drive by 4x4 to the Mtn)
Climbing Team: Juan Mendoza, Danny were the guides. Climbers = Darren and
Chris Davis from Marin County, CA. Adam Gunn from Ontario, Canada
Took a day to get up at base camp to acclimate to the elevation and one day up
This is a glimpse into the story of the High Fives Foundation's BASICS Program Service in which the focus for 2013-2014 is helmet safety and usage. Featured partner POC is a leader in innovative technology in helmet construction which can effectively lower the risk of Traumatic Brain Injury in winter action sports and beyond.
The story of POC and their mission to increase safety through helmets, along with many others will be featured in the upcoming BASICS documentary to be released in the Fall of 2013.
This is a glimpse into the story of the High Fives featured athlete Danny Toumarkine. He suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) when he crashed while snowboarding in 2011. He was not wearing a helmet which doctors say would have dramatically changed the outcome of his injury. Spending 13 days in an intensive care unit, his body barely held on. Through perseverance, determination and thousands of hours of re-habilitation, Danny is once again at the top of his game.
His story along with three other athlete's respective stories are featured in the BASICS documentary #HelmetsAreCool (vimeo.com/77008826)
Shot 100% on the new HERO3® camera from GoPro.com.
On Monday, April 1, 2013 Squaw Valley (Olympic Valley, CA) hosted the SKINNY Ski-A-Thon from 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. There were 76 High Fives Foundation supporters present whom had collected donations on a per lap and flat rate basis to raise over $20,000 for the Tahoe based non-profit.
The event has morphed into a friendly competition between all that participate to raise money and set the bar higher each year in the name of philanthropy. Jordan Basile replaced last year’s SKINNY Ski-A-Thon champion, Greg Lindsey, for most runs with an astounding 51 (barely edging out Mattias Sullivan - 50 runs and Aaron Bushey - 49 runs). Team Survivor (consisting of Michelle Tuscany, Nicole Fisher, Amie Quirarte and Jessica Gates) took the crown as the top fundraiser team (bringing in over $3,500). Rounding out the awards, the top male fundraiser was Shawn Berger (gathering over $2,400 in donations) and the top female fundraiser was Kahlil Johnson (gathering over $2,000 in donations).
After producing two educational videos and hosting two prior camps, the High Fives Foundation and B.A.S.I.C.S. Program Director | Professional Athlete - JT Holmes deemed it necessary to bring the B.A.S.I.C.S. to the snow with a camp at Squaw Valley.
Riding the coattails B.A.S.I.C.S. Avalanche Awareness video, this camp focused on safety and awareness when skiing and riding in the backcountry. Backcountry equipment usage and instruction, meetings and tours with Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol members, a bag-jump session and overall ski instruction were the main themes in this unique camp.
Four young participants were chosen based on their answers to a simple question: "What can you come up with for a creative fundraiser for the High Fives Foundation?" After many creative (and some interesting) answers were submitted, four finalists were announced. Chance Bordner, Trent Green, Nathan Francis and Zayne Walterscheid were chose to learn a new skill set and become better equipped in the backcountry.
Their experience over three days at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows was very educational. A rotating cast of world class coaches including Timy Dutton, Garrett Russell, Sean Carey, Jimeel Ferris and Kyle O'Neal assisted JT Holmes in guiding the aspiring skiers through several full days of demonstrating the essentials to become better equipped in the backcountry.