SUMMIT ON THE SUMMIT: Kilimanjaro
THANK YOU Kenna for bringing us all together!

THANK YOU Kenna for bringing us all together!

Read The Outside Magazine article about Summit on the Summit…
Over the next couple of days we’ll be sharing posts from the climbers as they share what brought them here and what they hope SOTSK will create going forward!
- Jay Lavender

Over the next couple of days we’ll be sharing posts from the climbers as they share what brought them here and what they hope SOTSK will create going forward!

- Jay Lavender

MEET SIMON

For someone who felt like he’d jumped into the deep end, I had a perfect pairing in my roommate for the two night stay in Arusha. In the course of our short getting-to-know each other chatter while we unpacked, I got a taste of the incredible group of people Kenna and the SOTSK team had united for our trip. Simon grew up in Norwich, Vermont, had lived in Africa working for the Clinton Foundation and is currently working in cause marketing for major brands. The only one of those things I’d also done was live in Norwich, Vermont (during my senior year of college). I couldn’t wait to learn more about everything he mentioned in passing…

Check out Simon Isaacs’ Fast Company Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Water

- Jay Lavender

Jay and Simon in the Village

FROM LA TO TANZANIA IN 30 HOURS…
 LAX
JANUARY 4
The first wave of the LA-based climbers — Jessica, Isabel, M. Muller — met at the United Airlines desk where bags were tagged with Thomson Safari tags that would be our identifying numbers for the entire trip.

FROM LA TO TANZANIA IN 30 HOURS…

LAX

JANUARY 4

The first wave of the LA-based climbers — Jessica, Isabel, M. Muller — met at the United Airlines desk where bags were tagged with Thomson Safari tags that would be our identifying numbers for the entire trip.

IT ALL STARTED WITH AN EMAIL…


From: Brooke Gardner
Date: April 17, 2008 12:44:11 PM PDT
To: Jay Lavender
Subject: Kenna

Jay,

There is someone I want you to meet…his name is Kenna.  I am working with him on an amazing project he has created.  You should meet…you around for the next few days?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenna

Brooke

Brooke and I met back in 1998 when we were both assistants at Creative Artists Agency. We kept in touch over the years as we pursued careers in entertainment, linked by a common desire to give back to the world through our jobs and our lives. Brooke’s always been one of my favorite people and has inspired me with the various projects she‘s worked on…Live 8, Live Earth and Andre Agassi’s Foundation. So when I read that email, I knew “amazing project” was an understatement. I wrote her back immediately and said I’d love to meet Kenna. The three of us met a few days later at Urth Café in Beverly Hills where Kenna enthusiastically explained his vision to rally a great group of people to go climb Kilimanjaro and raise awareness for water issues. He asked if I’d come on board as an advisor to help tell the story and I told him I’d do whatever I could to help. Two years later, Brooke Gardner is now Mrs. Brooke Fedro and we’re heading to Kilimanjaro!

- Jay Lavender