Have you ever noticed how small the UL backpacking blogging community is? We tend to either know one another or, at the very least, know of one another.
I like to think of us all, bloggers and readers, as a pretty close-knit community of helpers and givers. I can think of numerous examples where I have reached out to my fellow bloggers and readers to seek advice or ask for help and on every occasion I've received much more in return than I had asked for. Whether it's gear, advice, help or just moral support, we know how to rally together and help one another. It's great to be a part of the UL community even in my small, humble way.
So when there is an opportunity to help one of our own with a project they are working on I like to do whatever I can to pay it forward. Whether it's helping to get the word out and raise awareness, sponsoring the project with a small donation, or offering to help in some way it just feels good to help. So here is your opportunity to help a great guy with an awesome project that the entire UL community will benefit from for years to come.
Hendrik Morkel is an ultralight backpacking evangelist, entrepreneur, author and certified wilderness guide. You've probably heard of him already or read his hugely popular backpacking blog Hiking in Finland. He hikes, packrafts and bikes in the outdoors whenever he can, sharing his experiences with us all via his beautifully written blog posts and stunning photography. He's been there, done that and spread the UL gospel for a very long time.
Now Hendrik has a new goal. He wants to spread the UL word via the web's best medium - video! He calls it the Ultralight A-Z (#ULAZ) a series of 26 video episodes about the lightweight backpacking philosophy and principles. If you've ever watched any of Hendrik's videos you know it's going to be well worth watching. In his words:
"Ultralight A-Z will introduce you in an informative and entertaining way to lightweight & ultralight backpacking, and teach you the necessary knowledge and skills to hike safe & comfortable in the great outdoors. It really will help you to embrace a new mind-set which in turn will let you to walk more freely and healthy while furthering your enjoyment out hiking."
But he needs our help to raise the funds necessary to make his Ultralight A-Z a reality. He's using Kickstarter.com, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.
There are just 19 days left (as of this blog post) to fund Hendrik's project which is about 30% funded. There are lots of levels of funding available ranging from $1 all the way up to $2,500. Every dollar raised counts and everyone benefits from a successful completion of this project. So if you want to be a part of one of the coolest UL projects around and be able to say "I helped make that happen" please help Hendrik to reach his project goal of $6,000 by funding Ultralight A-Z and showing your support. If you're unable to make a pledge you can still help by Tweeting about it (#ULAZ), sharing it with your friends on Facebook or blogging about it.
Let's get the word out about Hendrik's project and help make Ultralight A-Z a reality!