Climbing for a cause

Together, we are climbing to ensure that everyone has access to clean water, no matter what, where, or who.

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What is the 7 Seas 7 Summits Challenge?

World Hope is partnering with professional sailor and adventurer, Sara Hastreiter, who has set out to become the first woman in history to achieve both sailing the seven oceans around the world and climbing the highest peak on each continent in a quest for good.

This spring, Sara will attempt to summit Denali, the tallest peak in North America, one of her four remaining peaks to complete the world record. The project will culminate with Sara attempting to summit Mount Everest in the spring of 2020.

That’s not all, though: Sara will also lead what promises to be a life-changing climb to Everest basecamp in the Fall of 2019 to raise at least $200,000 for World Hope to continue empowering communities with clean water. We are asking every climber to raise $5,000. We know that raising $5,000 can sound scary but we believe that you can do it. We will provide you with fundraising resources and coaching to help make this a reality. The $5,000 you fundraise will help us provide access to clean water for over 202,000 people this year. That is an enormous impact.

Mount Everest Base Camp: The Adventure of a Lifetime

“Our adventure company was introduced to us and all of a sudden, the feelings of oh-my-goodness-we-are-really-doing-this flooded over me…”

Off To Everest, Climbing For A Cause

“I’ve chosen to go on this great adventure with them to Mt. Everest Base Camp raising money and awareness about the great need for their life saving clean water projects around the world.”

Denali Debrief

Don’t miss the chance to ask Sara questions and hear about her experience attempting to summit Denali for clean water, LIVE on Facebook June 14th!


The gusts of wind were strong enough to make me stumble. On the exposed ridges, that was less than comforting…


I spend another long while with tape and cushion pieces trying to protect the blister in my arch. Today I got creative and cut the end of my sleeping pad to fashion a lift inside my boot…


I couldn’t help but think yesterday about the women and girls who walk 8 hours per day to fetch water. Denali is very hard for me but I am here by choice. Women and girls in this world do not choose to have their lives made harder fetching water every day…


“I am so incredibly excited to get this next expedition underway, the fourth mountain in my world record attempt, but I am equally terrified…”

Webinar: The Case for Extreme Sports Charity Fundraising

A webinar with fundraising, friend-raising, and training tips to use extreme sports as a way of fundraising for a charity special to you.

Climbing for a Cause

World Hope is proud to team up with professional sailor and adventurer, Sara Hastreiter, who has set out to become the first woman in history to achieve both sailing the seven oceans around the world and climbing the highest peak on each continent in a quest for good.

“WHI is honored to be partnering with Sara Hastreiter—an embodiment of the strength of the female spirit—as she demonstrates what women and girls can achieve when we clear away the hurdles of injustice and set sail on a more equitable world.” ~John Lyon, World Hope International CEO

“Any challenge that takes place within mother nature is a very humbling experience, and as the great Sir Edmund Hillary wrote- ‘It’s not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.'” ~Sara Hastreiter

We Summit Together

Whether you join the adventure as a climber, by supporting a climber, or by giving to the challenge overall, you are not only supporting Sara in her quest to become the first woman to ever sail the seven seas and climb the seven summits, but you are also empowering women and girls around the world whose lives are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to clean water by helping us raise at least $200,000 for clean water.

And don’t be concerned if you are new to climbing. We will provide information and training details to help you reach basecamp whether you are a new or experienced climber.

Join the Adventure

Ready to climb? Sign up to be one of the climbers to reach Everest basecamp with us this fall when you raise $5,000 for water with us! Your fundraising efforts can help us provide clean tap water, keep children in school, and provide opportunity for economic empowerment for women–and that’s just getting started!

Find a Climber

Because #watermatters, all of our climbers are raising money not only to reach Everest basecamp, but also to benefit World Hope’s water efforts around the world. Search for a climber to donate to their campaign and help them achieve their dream while making a difference in the world.

Support the Campaign

You can also participate in the 7 Seas 7 Summits Challenge without climbing or supporting a specific climber. Simply donate here and your gift will count as part of the campaign efforts.

Why Water?

An estimated 2.1 billion people in the world are without access to safe drinking water, resulting in the death of more than 800 children each day. We don’t think that is ok. 

Access to clean water frees up time for women to earn an income, which can drive dramatic improvements in household indicators.

Access to nearby water sources helps girls stay closer to home, safer from risks of sexual violence and its life-threatening effects.

Access to appropriate water and sanitation facilities in schools promotes equitable access to education and helps break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

We’re working towards a world where something as basic as water isn’t a struggle, a luxury, or a matter of life and death, because we believe that with water, women, men, and children alike will find opportunity, dignity, and hope.

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