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 month’s adventure and we would be traveling from one country to the next for nine months learning as we go.
Stop #9: Chile
Nine months after our departure from the USA, Paige and I had reached our final destination. Santiago, Chile would be our home for the next month and we were ready to climb like crazy and work with VE Global to raise some awareness for kids who are victims of abuse and neglect.
Our time in Chile was perfect. We were able to work with VE Global and really get embedded with the children in Santiago. We took the girls climbing, they watched us compete in an international bouldering competition and Paige even managed to make some historic first female ascents on the rocks.
Overall, Chile provided us with full range of experiences from the streets of Santiago to the Andes Mountains, we got more then we expected and left with a warm feeling in our hearts. The end of our trip was bittersweet, but we were ready to head home.
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