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Within Reach
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Hi, I am Asher March...a super keen adventurer and outdoor instructor heading to the highest peak in Patagonia to achieve a dream I have been working towards for many years. It will no doubt be the ultimate test of my skills, experience and character, a mission of a lifetime and something that perhaps only slightly mad people would consider attempting.

Patagonia is a wild, remote and rugged place, home to fierce winds and extremely high rainfall.

I am leading an expedition to climb the highest mountain in Patagonia, Cerro Fitz Roy which is a whopping 3,359 meters of pristine pure granite.

Mount Fitz Roy is at 50 degrees latitude, in the line of the furious fifties, a notorious undisturbed westerly air stream which races across the Pacific ocean and unleashes, rain, hail, snow and extreme wind storms. Due to this, the mountain sees few climbers successfully reaching the summit so I have allowed four months in hope of landing the perfect weather window needed to complete the dream.

I am currently living in my trusty Toyota Corolla

station wagon in and around the South Island NZ training every day so that I am in prime condition for the trip. I am bouldering, sport climbing, trad climbing, mixed climbing, ice climbing, mountaineering and running, all skills that are necessary for the demanding and technical 45 pitch climb. We expect the climb to take three days camping on the vertical rock as we go, so it is crucial that we are at the peak of physical and mental preparedness.

The gear for a mission like this is extremely extensive and also very expensive!

The money you donate will go towards acquiring specialised equipment like aluminium crampons, ultra lightweight shelter, ropes, fabric to sew a custom double sleeping bag, climbing protection etc.

I have set up a blog ‘Within Reach’ that shares stories, photos and videos from a few of my previous missions.

withinreach.me

I plan to update it whenever possible in an attempt to bring you to the Patagonian mountain range and share with you the challenges and successes of such an expedition.

I am looking for ANY contribution (everything counts) which will help me to live this dream.

I hope you will enjoy sharing in this adventure with

me. Thanks for your support and please click contribute to make a donation. fundrazr.com/619zpd

Much gratitude, Asher.

Below: Fitz Roy Range with the infamous Cerro Fitz Roy dominating the skyline

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