Friends, family and well-wishers: you are cordially invited to be part of a dream in the making! Support Ruben Payan Jr. as he attempts to summit K2, one of the world’s most dangerous and technically challenging peaks, in Summer 2016. 

Ruben’s K2 climb is part of a journey that started nine years ago with a vision. He had a vision that  he would climb each of the world’s eight highest mountains in the world, in hopes to send a message of peace, inspiration and unity to others. 

 With his successful Mt. Vinson climb in Jan 2015, Ruben finished the last of the Seven Summits, the highest peaks of the seven continents. Each climb has brought him closer to realizing his vision. Each climb has taught him valuable life lessons. Ruben has found additional joy in articulating these through his online community, POWERFUL HUMAN, which is focused on empowerment and developing human potential.

 Now, Ruben has reached the final leg of his journey! With physical challenges plus harsh terrain and conditions ahead of him, he is grateful to have the love and support of others. 

 Get involved and be inspired. You may discover your own mountain to conquer in the process.



All donations from this campaign will go towards the training, travel & hotel, equipment and the actual K2 Expedition. 

NOTE: If you or your organization would like to pay directly to the company below, please contact us for the company's banking information. 


                                 K2 Expedition Equipment list
 Cannon EOS 5D Mark III Kit  - 1

Cannon EF 70-200L.2.8.53 ll -1

San Disk CF 3206B 120MB - 5 x $75

San Disk SD 3206B 95MB - 5 x $50

B+W 77mm UV - 1

Lowpro Pro Runner 350Aw - 1

Marsace BT 2541 T Tripod -1

Cannon LP-E6N battery - 1

Cannon LC-E6 Charger - 1

Everest Millet Summit GTX Boots -1

Asolo Neutron Gore-Tex Hiking boots (waterproof) -1

Asolo Shiraz GV Boots -1

Mountain Hardwear Absolute Zero Parka (Down Jacket) - 1

Julbo Explorer - Spectron 4 Lens -1

Arcteryx Psiphon AR Pant (soft shell) -2 x $250

SmartWool Midweight Long Underwear Bottoms - Wool - Men's - 4 x $95

SmartWool Midweight Zip-T Top - Wool - Men's
4 x $100

The North Face Base Camp Duffel - XX-Large -1

The North Face Base Camp Duffel - X-Large -1

The North Face Men's Thermoball Bootie -1

More about Ruben Payan Jr.

In 2005, Ruben Payan Jr., had a vision: To climb the eight highest peaks from around the world, honoring humanity and the POWERFUL HUMAN within each and every one of us.
Originally from Buckeye, Ariz. USA, Ruben has found happiness in guiding and sharing other people’s personal journeys.  As a motivational speaker, military veteran and fitness professional, Ruben has personally mentored thousands in fulfilling their dreams.  He realized long ago that taking on the big mountains in life, and empowering relationships and communities, are essential to maintaining a full heart and existence.

Ruben’ achievements are anchored by his passion to inspire others into action. Motivated by his own self-discovery, he founded POWERFUL HUMAN, an organization with a mission to support others as they find and realize their biggest dreams.  Using the mountains he has climbed as metaphors, he shares ideas aimed at self-actualization and motivation to empower others to reach their full potential and live beyond limits.

Ten years and eight summits later, he has reached his ninth and final climb. This June 2016 marks his expedition to climb K2.



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Ruben Payan 
East Wenatchee, WA
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