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Project 43324: Climbing for a Cause

Mark Guido

Mark Guido


Mark Guido is a 26-year-old American citizen. He is from the greater Chicago area, where steel mountains reign supreme and snowy peaks are left to his imagination.

Mark is currently waiting tables for a living, an industry that attracts some of the most dynamic individuals because it gives you the flexibility to cultivate your passions. It helps give you the extra time to find out who you are and the support to become who you were always meant to be!

It was only recently (2017) that Mark discovered his love and addiction for summiting the world’s tallest peaks. To the surprise of nobody, there aren’t many mountains in Illinois. The highest point is a whopping 376 m high hill in northern Jo Daviess County, so you can understand Mark's rather late interest. Even so, Mark has always had the soul of an adventurer. He's completed several long-distance treks in the past; journeys that have taken him to some of the far-flung reaches of the world. The circumnavigation of a mountain as opposed to the climbing of one, to reach its summit. Eventually, Mark wanted to go higher, and farther which would ultimately lead to his first high-altitude mountaineering experience in Africa where he completed Mount Kilimanjaro. Mark never quite considered himself an athlete as a kid, so when he reached the summit of the highest mountain in Africa, he fell in love with the challenge!

𝗖𝗹𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗮 𝗖𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲

Project 43324, links Mark's climb of the highest mountain peaks of each of the seven continents with supporting youth development for children in need around the world. 43324 represents the accumulated elevation of each peak in meters, and the financial goal looking to be met.

For some people, the thrill of the climb is the sole motivator, but Mark is one of those people that needs to take in the scenery and enjoy the moment. On his various climbs, Mark has realized that the children of the areas he's visited did not have the resources for a decent education. Mark is the son of a teacher, so he was instantly aware that if something could be done for these kids, it should be done. Mark was quick to partner with different groups that support the local children and in doing so his project has helped the lives of many. Before each climb, Mark will have the children sign a special flag unique to each location that he will take to the summit. This is what keeps Mark motivated. He's no longer climbing for himself, he's climbing with and for all these kids to show them that anything is possible.

So far, Mark has completed 𝟯 𝗼𝗳 𝟳 summits, climbed 18,499 of 43,324 meters, and helped raise nearly $10,000 for youth development around the world. Mark has successfully summited the highest mountain in Africa, South America, and Europe. In Africa, $1,000 has been donated to support Stella Maris English Medium Primary, a school located in Tanzania, that provides education to the underprivileged children of the local villages. In South America, $4,900 went to Quinta Betel - a remote children's home in Mendoza, Argentina, and in Europe, $1,820 went to SOS Children's Village Moscow, an organization located in the district of Tomilino, Russia that provides support to the local children and their families. Those funds have provided life-changing educational resources meant to further the development of youth who need it most.

𝗔 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗘𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁

In addition to funds being raised, Mark has teamed up with SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) who are allowing him to bring donated activity books/art supplies with to these villages for the duration of his project.

Project 43324 has also teamed up with SOS Children's Villages for the remaining climbs. SOS helps provide loving homes, education and medical care for children in more than 135 countries. The SOS locations that are being brought to attention via Mark's project are the following:

• SOS Children’s Village Moscow, Russia
• SOS Children’s Village Chicago, Illinois
• SOS Children’s Village Jorpati, Nepal
• SOS Children’s Village Sanothimi, Nepal
• SOS Children’s Village Tabanan, Indonesia

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝗡𝗲𝘅𝘁?

This November, Mark will return to South America to climb 3 Ecuador Volcanoes. These will serve as intermediary climbs as he gears up for Denali - the highest mountain in North America next June!

Mark is dedicating his climb of Denali to 𝗦𝗢𝗦 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗻'𝘀 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 𝗜𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀, specifically the Chicago based location that provides support to the local children and their families in Mark's home state.

Mark has stated how much he's wanted to give back to his home state for a while now. He couldn't think of a better way to do that, than by climbing the highest mountain in North America for its youth!

Mark welcomes you to follow him and his mission and hopes you will consider supporting these local groups that help children every day!

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See you at the top!

Project 43324



raised of $43,324 goal

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Keep at it Mark. Look forward to hearing about this trip.