Man Attempts to Become First in World to Complete Ultimate Global Challenge: Climb Highest Seven Summits, Ski to Both Poles and Run Across Four Deserts.

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Cindy Steuart, Trekking for Kids,, 301-213-3565
Bridgit Fried, Trekking for Kids, 301-996-1673

Dec 15, 2012

Ultimate Global Explorer Begins Final Race


On December 3, ultimate world explorer Len Stanmore will make history as the only person to ski to the North and South Poles, climb the seven summits, and race through the windiest, hottest, coldest, and driest deserts on the planet.  The motivation for this now 60-year old is quite remarkable: to raise $100,000 in support of orphaned and at-risk children through Trekking for Kids.  

Len’s final journey in this history-making series – a grueling 250 km race across Antarctica as a competitor in The Last Desert – begins November 22.  Len is an entrepreneur turned explorer turned adventure philanthropist, his commitment to supporting Trekking for Kids, a nonprofit organization that facilitates purpose-driven treks for socially-conscious hikers, and the profound impact they’ve had together on an overlooked population of orphaned and at-risk children around the world. 

Len’s story is extraordinary. After more than two decades running Sentrex Companies, a successful telecommunications business, Len sold his company to Tetra Tech Inc. in 1998 and set his sights on a new challenge – take on his fear of heights and climb to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Len completed this feat in 2001, kicking off a long list of boundary-pushing accomplishments.  

Len was introduced to Trekking for Kids in Ecuador and was inspired by the organization’s mission to bring together an individual’s thirst for adventure with their desire to help those less fortunate.  During a tour of an orphanage in Quito, Len saw first-hand how Trekkers and the dollars they raised were being used to create high-impact infrastructure and sustainability projects— and he knew he had to help. It was at that pivotal moment that Len realized his desire for more than just personal achievement and committed to using his treks as a way to raise funds and awareness for Trekking for Kids. Since 2009, Len has raised $55,000 that has been used to support capital improvements for orphanages in Quito, Ecuador; Bhaktapur, Nepal; Brasov, Romania; and Oropesa, Peru. The $100,000 he is raising as part of his race across The Last Desert will be used to support Trekking for Kids’ 2013 projects in Moshe, Tanzania; Cuzco, Peru; and Kathamandu, Nepal.