My name is Jon Glassberg and I own a production company called Louder Than Eleven. I make movies about climbing and adventure based out of Boulder, Colorado.
About two years ago I teamed up with outdoor clothing company Marmot and professional climber Paige Claassen to produce a world tour that would combine high end rock climbing in remote places of the world while simultaneously raising money for women and children in the countries we visited.
The project is called “Lead Now” and our goal is simple; spend one month in each country trying to climb the hardest routes we can find while working with non-profit organizations to develop marketing materials that they could use to fundraise for themselves and through our project.
The catch was that we wouldn’t be coming home between each months adventure and we would be traveling from one country to the next for nine months learning as we go.
Stop #2: Russia
Marmot’s Lead Now Tour brought us from South Africa to Russia and total culture shock ensued.
Paige and I lived in a remote cabin in northern Russia, near the boarder of Finland, with no electricity or running water. We survived in the wild for a month with an amazing Russian family that spoke no English (we speak no Russian) and climbed at an area called Triangular Lake.
Paige became a boulderer while simultaneously working one of her hardest routes to date. Check out the video for the story and look here for more videos and information about the Lead Now Tour, follow our Instagram (#leadnowtour), or visit our Facebook page.
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Photo: Courtesy of Lead Now Tour Video