Mastering Mountains is proud to support Sue in her mission to traverse Maungatautari mountain. Below, Sue blogs about her journey as she overcomes the limitations of MS and accomplishes her dream.
It’s been an exciting year for Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust and we were amazed at the quality of the applications. That’s why we and MS Society of NZ are proud to announce two recipients of the 2017 Mastering Mountains Grant: Michelle Gerrits and Marlene Hessing. The trustees and the Grant’s sponsors are excited to support Michelle and Marlene as they pursues their goals. Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust exists to enrich the lives of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis by helping them get outdoors. Please consider supporting the cause by donating through our Give-a-Little page. Special thanks go to our sponsors
Radix Nutrition is a food company with an exciting vision — one that I really believe in — and I am thrilled to join their team as a Brand Ambassador. Radix Nutrition is on a mission to deliver nutritionally excellent, high performance freeze-dried meals that use 100% natural and mostly organic ingredients. It’s food that fuels exercise and adventure. And I love this. Recently, I read the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, presented to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I was shocked to read its findings. The Report states that roughly half of all Americans (117 million people) have “one or more preventable, chronic diseases that are related to poor quality dietary patterns and physical inactivity” (Part B. Chapter 2, pg. 1). This statement blew me away. While I hope the New Zealand population is healthier than their American counterparts, I was first struck by the strength of the link between diet, exercise, and general health and wellbeing. Second, I was struck by the enormous need for better food. Perhaps this struck a cord with me because healthy eating and exercise is something that I am passionate about. A nutritionally excellent diet, coupled with…
Today, I received a new personal locator beacon (PLB) and strobe from MitoQ! I am deeply appreciative of MitoQ’s generosity, as this increases the safety of my trips. I always tramp and climb with a PLB and in the past I have had to rely on club or hired devices. Owning a small PLB that I, when in the outdoors, can keep on my person at all times will go a long way in keeping me safe. Please visit MitoQ’s website. Mastering Mountains Charitable Trust exists to enrich the lives of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis by helping them get outdoors. Please consider supporting the cause by donating through our Give-a-Little page. I am grateful for the continued support of Macpac and MitoQ.
Yesterday, I huge box of coffee and sugar-free drinking chocolate turned up from Avalanche Coffee! Avalanche Coffee have supplied with supply of premium instant coffee for my trip. I am not normally a fan of instant, but this stuff is really good and will be exactly what I need for those cold, early morning starts. As for the drinking chocolate — it is to die for. Thanks Avalance!
This morning, I received a box full of dark Whittakers chocolate! I am a Whittakers fan and this will definitely go a long way in keeping me going as I slog up the hills! Thanks Whittakers for your support and sponsorship!
New World Aokautere have generously sponsored me a bunch of product for the trip. The product supplied will keep me clean, healthy, and smelling not so badly as I trek and climb, which I (and the people I will meet while trekking) really appreciate! This is pretty much the last of the gear I need for the trip and I am really grateful for their help. New World Aokautere, down the road and around the corner from home, is the supermarket I most often use and the staff there are always helpful, friendly, and a pleasure to deal with. Thanks heaps for you support, guys!
Last week, I received an Equinox down jacket from Macpac and it is phenomenal! It’s unbelievably warm and comfortable — almost like wearing a sleeping bag, or as one person said, like wearing a hug! The jacket will be amazing for those cold nights and mornings in Nepal, and weighs in at under a 1000g. Thanks heaps Macpac! You’re awesome!
The Bushnell SolarWrap USB charger is going to be a great asset while I am away and I am really grateful for Bushnell’s sponsorship! I am planning to use rechargeable devices as much as I can, eliminating the need to lug around a stack-load of batteries. The Bushnell solar panel will be perfect for charging my iPhone, keyboard, headlamp, and camera. Also, I really like the fact that the solar panel is flexible, enabling me to attach it to the back of my pack, for example. It will be great! Thanks Bushnell for this!
Petzl New Zealand have very kindly sponsored me a Petzl Nao Headlamp! The Nao uses reactive lighting technology, automatically adjusting its light output to suit your current environment. This is an awesome bit of technology that keeps you from blinding yourself every time you look at a map and makes the batteries last longer. And talking of batteries, the other awesome feature about the headlamp is that it uses a rechargeable battery and so now I don’t have to lug around a stack of batteries. Thanks Petzl!
I am super excited to be able to use a Steripen Adventurer while I am away in Nepal and India. The Steripen offers an easy way of purifying your water, using UV light rather than chemicals. I think the use of UV light will be a fantastic, as I am not a fan of the thought of living on chemically treated water for two months! So thanks heaps, Steripen!!