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Atacama Desert Crossing

$15,780 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 47 people in 4 months
Hello everyone,

this fundraiser aims to support the Atacama Desert speed record crossing attempt (on foot), set to begin on September 15th, 2018


- EXPEDITION -
With less than 1 month to go the funds we are aiming to raise will help to cover all travel, logistical, technical expenses, including a 6 people team of support (guides/logistical/medical). As well as all the supplies and equipment necessary to withstand such an harsh environment.

The Atacama desert is 700 miles from North to South and the goal is to run an average of 50 to 60 miles a day, aiming to set the new record under 2 weeks (Record currently set at 20 days by the Canadian Explorer/Ultrarunner Ray Zahab).

The Atacama Desert crossing is the first chapter of the 4X4PROJECT which involves the speed record attempt of the crossings (on foot) of the 4 most EXTREME Deserts of the planet, run in 4 consecutive years:

2018 - the driest Desert: the ATACAMA (700miles across the northern region of Chile between the south bend of the Loa River and the mountains separating the Salado-Copiapo' basin).
2019 - the windiest Desert: the GOBI (2500miles across Mongolia and China through one of the most unforgiving environments the planet can offer)
2020 - the hottest (and biggest) Desert: the SAHARA (5000miles across the whole Northern African continent in one of the most fascinating yet grueling landscapes on earth. A fascinating journey through different ethnicities and cultures)
2021 - the last (coldest) Desert: the ANTARCTICA (3000miles from Coast to Coast, straight through the South Pole on the challenge of a lifetime)


- DOCUMENTARY -
The budget requested will also help to bring a crew to film and document the expedition! With your help, we are confident we can produce an inspirational, high quality documentary film of this amazing journey through the extremes of the human spirit and through the deep connection that exists with our magnificent Mother Nature.
An expedition set to raise awareness about critical environmental issues and to a higher understanding of the role we play, as humans, on this beautiful planet of ours.


PLEDGES -
$100+: Thank You Note

$250+: Thank you Note + a copy of the Documentary

$500+: all of the above + an exclusive 25x20 canvas print of the Desert action shot by renowned adventure photographer Dino Bonelli

$1,000+
: all of the above + a special gift from the Desert

$5,000+: all of the above +  become an active part of the Documentary filmmaking, credited with the role of: "Co-Producer"

$10,000+: all of the above + become an active part of the Documentary filmmaking, credited with the role of: "Producer"


It is a project truly dear to my heart and a dream of a lifetime in the making! Any sort of support will be highly regarded and greatly appreciated, with immense Gratitude and Love!
Michele
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Hi! Hope this message finds you well!

I have just gotten back a few days ago from Chile and still haven't fully processed what happened! It's hard to put into words how exceptional this journey was and the depths of the adventure we experienced in the Atacama.

The crossing was a success and in 8 days, 12 hours and 50 minutes we set the new speed record across the almost 1000km of the Atacama Desert!

I cannot thank you enough for all the love and support you showed throughout! I feel blessed and beyond grateful for the opportunity to share this journey along with you!!

Love and Light,
Michele
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Atacama Desert Crossing Update - HOW TO FOLLOW

The adventure is about to begin and as the final logistics are being taken care of I would like to share with you the links to follow the Expedition (set to start on Saturday, Sept. 15th):

LIVE TRACKER (gps spot): https://eur-share.inreach.garmin.com/BCFP5

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleGragliaOfficial/

INSTAGRAM: @mickeygraglia

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your Love and support!

With immense Love and Gratitude,
Michele
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