Awkwardly Awesome People to Be Aware of #2: Kelsey

So remember back in December when I was all "check out these guys who are saving the world by climbing mountains!" Well, now I've got another person to introduce you to: Meet Kelsey:

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Kelsey and I met while we were both studying abroad for a year in England.  I was on my way home from the pub at like... 2 in the afternoon and she had just gotten to our flat where we would be roommates. Due to the fact that I was a little buzzed and trying to cover that up, she thought I was a stoner. I thought she was a ditzy party girl.

What I'm trying to say is that first impressions are often wrong. I'm not a stoner (I just like day drinking) and Kelsey, it turns out, it's the most badass person I know.

Why?

Well, folks, not only is she not ditzy  (in fact, she's super smart), but she's also decided to just like... save the world or whatever. We got back from the UK, graduated college, and while the rest of us were looking for jobs or getting engaged, Kelsey was all "I'm gonna go to Madagascar for a few years with the Peace Corps. and live in a hut while I teach little kids and mothers about water sanitation and what not! You guys have fun with your stuff!"

Right??? She's awesome. She's not even Awkwardly Awesome. She's just plain awesome.

In fact, she's so amazing that she's taken on this crazy huge project of getting decent latrines built in her village so that the residents have somewhere sanitary to go to the bathroom. Currently, the people in her village are without latrines because the river that they bathe and drink from has washed away the ones they had before. So.. Kelsey is building stronger ones. Because she's awesome. (How many times have I said that?)

Here's the even cooler thing, though! YOU get to be amazing, too! Kelsey, as you can imagine, can't really do all of this completely on her own. She needs help, and that's where those of us who are super lazy and sit on our couches all day get to take some action. I know that the Doctor Who coffee mug you're looking at on thinkgeek.com is SO COOL, but if it's between getting that this week or helping someone not poop in the river that they bathe and drink from, I'm begging you to go with the latter. I mean, I want the mug, too, but it'll be there next week.

If I've convinced you or if you want to read more about this from Kelsey herself, click here.

Have a wonderful day, Duckies!

Awkwardly Awesome People to Be Aware Of #01: Between the Peaks

Okay, so when I was three and my family moved to Suburbia in Ohio, I met my very first friend ever and next-door neighbor, Ethan. Back in those days, many days were spent on swingsets and pretending to be Power Rangers. I was always the yellow one. Obviously. None of this is relevant to the rest of the story. My point is that I know this incredibly awesome person and I need to brag about his project, Between the Peaks, for the first installment of my new series: Awkwardly Awesome People to Be Aware Of.

Ethan, Ryan, and Jonathan organized an amazing adventure for themselves to conquer 2 of the worlds 7 summits. They started in Argentina with Mt Aconcagua (22,841 ft) and ended their journey in Alaska by reaching the summit of Denali (20,320 ft.). I know. Crazy awesome, right?

But wait! It gets even cooler!!

Over the course of six months, they went through thirteen different countries in order to make this trip complete, and in each location, these three guys spent time working with non-profit organizations doing everything from environmental preservation to working with kids in local schools. Essentially, they volunteered their way across the Americas, which is just insanely cooler than almost anything I've ever heard of.

Here's a video to explain it all a little more:

Right?!?

Ready for more awesome news? These guys got a massive amount of footage, and in 2014, their story is coming out as a documentary on Netflix. Here's the trailer:

So go check out their website to learn more and keep an eye out for the movie. I'll definitely be sharing the hell out of it when it releases.

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Know of more awesome people that need to be shared with the world? Leave them in the comments section! In the meantime, spread the word about Between the Peaks!!