Vision Quest: Project Yoga Hike Master

"Do not wait: the time will never be 'just right'. Start where you stand, and work whatever tools you may have at your command and better tools will be found as you go along." - Napoleon Hill

We all have dreams. We have bucket lists, long terms goals, things we will do eventually. Most of the time, the timing just doesn't feel right. Sometimes, you have to make the timing right...

What happens when a San Francisco Internet monkey decides to break away from the perfect job for the greatest adventure of his life? The first page of this adventure has been written, but the rest is unknown... Help me tell the story of an impassioned community supporting and embracing those who awaken to their truest self, realize their highest purpose, and pursue their wildest dreams.

I'm Jesse House and I've decided to give up my job in San Francisco working for one of the best startup teams in the world. I know that my life's purpose won't fully actualize until I boldly pursue the goals that I believe I am destined to fulfill. I realize that I've been keeping my destiny at a distance. I am stepping forward to manifest these dreams, this vision, and my highest frequency of being.

For the long-term, I hope that this experience gives me the confidence to take at-risk teenagers into the wilderness, so that they can gain perspective, and learn to trust one another and believe in themselves outside of the often troubling and distracting urban environment. I also wish to share and teach the practice of yoga, so that people can learn how to heal themselves and stay healthy and fit from the inside out for as long as they live. First, I must embark on this journey to embody these principles by stepping outside of my own comfort zone, committing fully to this lifestyle, and living completely and honestly in the present moment.

With your help, here is what I plan to do:
1) Thru-hike the Sierra High Route: August - September, 2013

The Sierra High Route is a 195 mile, mostly trail-less, route-finding excursion through the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. Described by veterans in one word, "burly", roughly 10 people attempt and complete this route every year. I will carry food on my back and spend a month in the mountains, documenting what I find, and sharing it as I go. I hope to capture rare footage of these beautiful mountains and create a documentary to share with the world. The goal is to climb as many peaks as is reasonable, sharing rare vantage points from some of the most beautiful locations on the planet.

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2) Pilgrimage to India to become a yoga teacher: October - December, 2013

The plan is to live at an Ashram as a humble yogi, going deeper than ever before into my own practice, so that I can return and help others on the path towards healing, balance, connection, grounding, and radiating love. I hope to document what I discover on this journey, as I travel both outwardly, and deep within. I hope to also show how people live on the other side of the world in order to increase awareness, compassion, and loving kindness between all humans on this planet.


For both legs of the journey, I want to share the experiences - with loved ones, friends, fellow dreamers and wanderers, and supporters - through pictures, video updates, Internet blogging, postcards, and any other form of media that helps deliver the message, the story, the epic adventure.

I'm asking for your support in the form of knowledge, mentorship, equipment that you are willing to share, information on places to go and where stay, and monetary displays of loving confidence. I will reciprocate by sharing fully everything that is given to me.

Here's a list of equipment and logistical items that I need to make this happen:
NOTE: If you have any of this equipment, I can mark it off of my list, and return it to you once I've finished the journey.

For the Sierra High Route backpacking adventure:

1) Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or Satellite Phone (w/ service) to ensure that I can communicate and reach out in case of emergency -- I think the delorme in reach se looks perfect
2) Bearikade Expedition (bear canister) for food storage in the high country (required in most National Parks for wilderness travel)
~55 USD w/ shipping and handling **
** UPDATE: The guys at Wild Ideas are loaning me one for the entire trip for only $55!! THIS IS HUGE!
3) TENT: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2
4) SLEEPING BAG: Phantom 15 by Mountain Hardware
~350 USD
5) SHOES: Asolo Trinity WP
6) FOOD = ~10 / day + shipping to resupply locations
TOTAL: $1455
For the pilgrimage to India:
1) Plane tickets
~2000 USD
2) Tuition and lodging for Yoga training at an Ashram
~1200 for one month (200 deposit paid!)
3) Transportation, Food, necessities, Internet access, gifts
~500 / month for 2 months = ~1000 USD
TOTAL: $4000
For the whole trip:
1) Good camera with true HD quality, + batteries and other accessories
~1000 USD
2) Head camera such as a Go Pro Hero 3 HD Adventure edition
TOTAL: $1400

Your encouragement and support will help me get through what I know will be a very trying time - physically, emotionally, mentally. Please share with me letters, words of encouragement, suggestions, equipment, etc. This story is one that we can write together, I truly believe it.

I love each and every one of you and thank you in advance for your time, your consideration, your belief in the higher purpose of this plan. Please join in me in making this something truly original, uniquely special, and utterly amazing.

Thank you all for helping to make these dreams a living reality.

.............................~*~ NAMASTE ~*~................................


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