Sunday, February 25, 2007

Nutrition & Supplement Game Plan

We are sitting here sorting out our high-altitude menu, and looking for input from others. As for now we have:
Clif Items = about 700 servings of various products including bars, blox, shots (gu), and recovery powders. We figure this to be about 700,000 calories, ummmmmhhhh.
Snacks = Athens Own is helping us out with their locally based products from Athens, OH. We're looking at the tastiest stuff this side of the Himalaya including: 15 pounds of cheese , 7 pounds of jerky, coffee, tea, chocolate, and plenty of other tasty norsels.
As for our supplements and vitamins its all about keeping our immune systems indestructable which we hope to do: with multivitamins (advice), vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin A, selenium, gingko biloba, ginger, garlic, cayenne, and antioxidants.
We hope to also utilze several high-altitude specific supplements. Our goal here is to promote circulation in order to avoid frostbite and improve our energy level at altitude. Most notably a plant based adaptogen, eleutherococcus senticosus or EC, was tested in pressure changes on rats and was found that they lived 60% longer when utilizing this supplement. Asprin has also been found to keep blood flowing and so we intend to take a 325-mg dose every 12 hours.
I hope to receive as much feedback as possible and so please don't be shy!!!!!

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Road 34 LUNGevity Everest Benefit

Here is a photo of Brian and Justin doing what they seem to do most to get ready for Everest, which is plan plan and more planning. They are hanging out in Aspen staying at the Rankin Ranch and doing some training before they leave in less than 3 weeks. Hopefully they will have some more photos to post in the next few days, so keep on checking back.

We are having a benefit for my brother Brian Oestrike and Justin Hewitt at Road 34 Bike Bar in Fort Collins on February 28th. At 7 pm Brian and Justin will be having a presentation about LUNGevity and Everest 2007. We will be having a silent auction, and also will be selling t-shirts and prayer flags. The prayer flags can be personalized and then they will be taken to Tibet and hung at base camp. Angie Stevens and Savoy will be the bands playing at the event starting at 9:15. All proceeds will go to LUNGevity the only non-profit that raises money for lung cancer research.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

LUNGevity Fundraiser and Other Matters

Justin here to let people know we have a LUNGevity Everest Expedition 2007 fundraiser that will be held at ROAD34 in Fort Collins February 28th. Lots of fun stuff including live music, silent/not so silent auction, raffels, and other surprises as well.

Would also like to correct Brian's last post. The boots I am using and can be seen wearing around town on occasion are the Asolo Manasalus and they are sooooooo nice.

Other matters of note: LIFE IS GOOD LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST!!!! Lots of gear coming in. Brian is picking up a tent this weekend, his boots have also arrived, and we may be getting a laptop to use at the lower camps. We will be using another expeditons internet while we are up there so we should be keep'n ya'll posted on our progress. One last thing, we have another adventerous soul coming along for the Island Peak climb which Brian and I will be leading from March 20th to April 5th in the Khumbu region of Nepal. My Friend Tod Dwyer is now on board making it a party of five. Four of which hope to summit Island Peak 20,226 feet(6,165 meters)about 1,000 feet lower than Advanced Base Camp on Everests NE Ridge. We hope this will give us a jump on our acclimazation allowing us to move up the mountain before the herds of other expeditions.

So, I guess that's all for now stay tuned for more in the near future.

Pheri bhetaunla.(See you soon in Nepalese)


Thursday, February 01, 2007

Home Sweet Home

Well, I would call it that but its slightly less than ideal for training. In fact jogging in Bainbrook and ice climbing in the Metropark's is starting to get a little old. It's definately opened up sometime to get all the equipment and fundraisers in place which I think we are starting to make some excellent progress on.
As for Gear, it looks like everything has come together, and I would say that 98% percent of the orders are in. For all the gear heads out there we are going with: Marmot 8000 meter pants and jacket in a tangerine orange, Justin has the Millet gigantic boots, and I'm going with the La Sportiva Olympus Mons. Those are the most exciting new pieces but the list goes on and on. It might be a good idea to remind us that we're not suppose to be wearing that stuff in public, as it is so sweet it will be hard to avoid.
We definately appreciate the support of Wild Mercantile out of Athens, OH, and Ute Mountaineer out of Aspen, CO, for sorting us out on everything.
Its looking like we have some sweet events coming up. Andy (Art) is doing a little party at Jackie O's in Athens on Feb 17th with door proceeds going to the expedition. Also, he's releasing ChomoLUNGma honey nut brown ale that day with the entire batchs' sales going to our cause. Lastly, I'll be doing a slideshow presentation on the 18th consisting of previous climbs, and the logistics, preparation, and overview of the Everest climb ahead. Justin's working out the details of a similar event at Road 34 in Fort Collins sometime in late February.
We're also hoping to get this blog a little more updated, as well as a blog on lung cancer support community (LCSC), and even thinking about being myspacer's, wahoo.