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Chris' Expedition to Antarctica

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Dream Big with Me
I'm going to be attempting the highest peak in Antarctica, Mount Vinson,  Dec 2016 but I need your help to do it.  This will be my 6th of the 7 summits, the goal of Dare7Summits and my life's dream since my military deployment in Afghanistan.

Located at the ends of the earth, the Vinson Massif standing at 4892m is the highest peak on the continent of Antarctica. Remote, isolated, and bitterly cold, the Vision Massif is an incredibly difficult and challenging summit for any mountaineer.   

What is even more challenging is the cost.  All in, my personal travel and expedition costs will reach $60,000!  I'm going to be funding this expedition through a bank loan to take on the full costs but am looking for your support to help ease the pain.  Unfortunately, corporate sponsorship is out of the question (trust me I tried!), as they don't fund the little guy, only their own professional mountaineers.

Help keep the Dare7Summits dream alive.  Share this with friends.  Help fund this expedition.

Thank you rewards
Every donation and every amount is appreciated.  However, as an extra thanks for your generous donations, I would like to offer you some additional tokens of my appreciation.
> $25 - A hand written thank you card
> $50 - A Dare7Summits embroidered patch + the above
> $150   - A small vial containing water from Antarctica + all above
> $225 - From sea to sky: A small rock from sea level with your name brought to and left at the summit of Antarctica (or the highest point) + all above
> $1000 - A 60 min motivational presentation given to a group of your choice + all above (travel expenses not included)

Who is Chris Dare?

Chris is a motivated, passionate individual who is attempting to accomplish a dream that10 Canadians and less than 300 worldwide have achieved; the 7 summits.The 7 summits are the highest mountains on each of the 7 continents. To date, Chris has completed 5 of the 7: Aconcagua, Carstensz Pyramid, Denali, Elbrus & Kilimanjaro.

Only 2 remain:
• Vinson Massif - Antarctica
• Mt. Everest - Asia

The journey towards the 7 summits serves not only as a personal challenge but as an inspiration to others in the pursuit of higher achievement. Not only is Chris a mountaineer, he is also an accomplished Canadian Armed Forces Officer and veteran of the Afghanistan mission, an outstanding athlete and an active member of the community.

Chris has received wide ranging recognition for his activities. He has been recognized by the Vancouver Chinatown New Century Lions Club and was awarded the Medal of Merit for service to his country, community and outstanding achievement. He has also received both the Land Force Quebec Commander’s Commendation as well as a Chief of Defense Staff Commendation for his military contributions.

Chris has been featured in-print, online, radio and television including the City TV, CBC Online and Radio One, Sing Tao, LeisureTalk TV, Ubyssey , Impressions Magazine and eVeritas. He also had the opportunity to participate in a TEDx event at UBC, delivering a motivational speech to over 400 people.

An outstanding athlete, Chris is an advocate of “Train hard, fight easy”. While specializing in long distance running, he has had success in a number of different
disciplines. Most competitions will see Chris finish in the top 1% or better of all participants.

Some highlights include:
2016 MEC Race #6 21.1km Race - 2nd Place
2013 10k Run for Rural Medicine – 1st Place
2012 BMO Half Marathon – 20th of 8,364 participants
2012 Vancouver Sun Run – 92nd of 45,730 participants
2012 Dirty Duo 25km Trail Race – 1st Place
2011 Army Run – 9th Place
2008 Canadian Forces Running Championship 21.1km – 2nd Place
2007 Canadian Forces Running Championship 21.1km – 2nd Place

A number of other specialized activities and certifications complete Chris’ well rounded
experience. These include:
• PADI Open Water Scuba/ Speciality Instructor
• Emergency First Response First Aid Instructor
• Diver’s Alert Network Instructor
• Outdoors Survival Instructor
• Avalanche Safety Training Level 1 qualified
• CSPA solo certified skydiver
• Glider pilot (former)

Chris is passionate about everything he does, be it academics, career or athletics, but most of all, he cares deeply about his friends, family and community and wishes to inspire others to achieve their goals. He dreams big, and hopes you will consider supporting him on his next great adventure.

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Chris Dare
Edmonton, AB

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