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7 Seas 7 Summits Challenge FAQ

Q: When does the Everest basecamp climb take place?

A: The climb is intended to take place in September/October of 2019. 

Q: Will my costs be covered by WHI if I raise the $5,000?

A: WHI will be working with a service group and climber’s in-country costs for the climb will be covered. Covered costs do not include round-trip airfare to Nepal, visa fees, traveler’s insurance, other incidentals, or any variations from the planned expedition.

Q: Who can make the climb?

A: To make the climb to Everest, you have to have raised at least $5,000 for World Hope through the Climb for a Cause page.

Q: Do you have to be a mountain climber or athlete to reach Everest basecamp?

A: The climb to Everest basecamp is more like a nice, several day hike. You do not have to be an athlete or climber already; you just need to be able to safely reach Nepal and Kathmandu, walk many miles in a day and navigate terrain that sometimes goes up and sometimes goes down, and be able to handle the altitude. If you suffer breathing problems, the trek may be problematic.

Q: Who is Sara Hastreiter?

A: Sara Hastreiter is an adventurer of the highest degree. Her accomplishments to date include sailing across every ocean on the planet, a true rounding of Cape Horn after 5,000 miles in the Southern Ocean, and setting multiple world records. At just 34 years old, her global exploration and charitable work have also taken her to 52 countries and to the top of three of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Sara also competed as part of the most successful all-female team in the 42-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race—a fiercely competitive, male-dominated professional sailing competition known as “the Everest of sailing” and one of the most grueling sporting events in the world.

After eight years as a professional sailor, Sara has now set her sights on setting the world record as the first female in history and only second person ever to sail all Seven Seas and climb all Seven Summits. With all seven seas and three of the seven summits—Mounts Aconcagua, Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro—already complete, Sara is well on her way to achieve her goal. WHI is proud to partner alongside Sara as she pursues this world record for all the world to see.

Q: Why is WHI partnering with Sara for this challenge?

A: Sara’s unique combination of experiences has provided her with the skills to connect and inspire with a level of authenticity that few share. She holds a degree in African Studies and has worked since an early age to help address the social side of HIV/AIDS, including fieldwork in both Tanzania and St. Croix.

Now, whether spearheading her own charitable campaigns or teaming up with organizations like us to provide immediate relief to victims of Hurricane Michael in Florida, Sara continues to demonstrate a heartfelt commitment to improving the lives of those who suffer.

Sara has chosen to highlight the work of WHI in her history-making challenge, combining her passion for humanitarian work and her love of climbing with the mission of WHI. She will be fundraising $200,000 for WHI during this challenge as well as sharing about our work.

“I’ve always been incredibly passionate about exploring and using sporting challenges as a platform for charitable endeavors. Through my quest to sail the 7 Seas and climb the 7 Summits, I’m able to do what I love while giving back,” said Sara. “I have had the privilege of serving alongside World Hope in past disaster relief efforts and admired how hands on everyone was from top to bottom throughout the organization. I respect their authenticity and accountability record which showcases their efforts and follow-through. World Hope and I have a matching passion for helping others and I was inspired to partner with them for my biggest sporting challenge to date.

Q: Can I get an interview with Sara or engage her for an event?

A: If you are interested in interviewing Sara about the 7 Seas 7 Summits Challenge and this Climb for a Cause, or if you are hoping she can attend or participate in an event you are thinking about, please contact us with the details of your request.

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