Nepal Earthquake Relief: Ambassador To Raise Funds To Rebuild Village

Bud Martin ice climbing in the Rolwāling Valley, Nepal.
Bud Martin ice climbing in the Rolwāling Valley, Nepal.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Ambassador Bud Martin and alpine climbing partner Nicholas Frazee are raising funds to help rebuild Beding, an earthquake-ravaged village in the Rolwaling Valley. The pair spent six weeks in 2014 living with locals while putting up first ascents of ice climbing routes. Martin and Frazee are also paying their way to Nepal to do some hands-on rebuilding in Beding this fall.

“These people feel like our friends and family,” Martin stated. “Plus, nearly all the young folks have moved away to seek work in more touristic locations, leaving the village without a strong labor force. Both Nick and I had separate plans to go back and help out. When we realized this, we decided to combine forces and go as big as we could.”

According to Frazee, the epicenters of some of the earthquakes were just a few miles away. “While most in the village have escaped with their lives, the destruction has been total, and the displaced are now sheltering in a village up canyon that is severely threatened by flooding,” he explained. “In addition, major rock fall and landslides have destroyed the trail downstream, taking out crucial bridges that connect these villages to the rest of the world.” This, he added, means reliable trade routes have been shut down, leaving the people of Beding without food and supplies they need to live, let alone rebuild.

“We are also afraid that because Beding is so remote and small, it will be overlooked by the government and other relief organizations,” Frazee explained.

Martin and Frazee hope to raise $50,000 through their CrowdRise Fundraising Site. All funds raised will go directly toward paying for laborers brought in from Kathmandu and for hiring porters to carry building materials. Western volunteers who pay their own way are welcome. Two additional volunteers have already signed on to the project, including one engineer who will help design earthquake-resistant structures.

“In addition to basic shelter, rebuilding the school and the Gompa will be major focuses as their children and their religion are incredibly important aspects of their lives,” Martin added. “But all these ideas are contingent on funding.”

To donate directly, please visit the CrowdRise Fundraising Site. Martin and Frazee are also looking for additional significant product donations that could be used as rewards for big donations. They are holding a fundraiser Sunday, September 13th from 12-3p.m at the Blackbird Kitchen in Bozeman, Mont. 

Bud Martin and Nick Frazee to raise funds for earthquake-ravaged village, Beding, Nepal.
Bud Martin and Nick Frazee to raise funds for earthquake-ravaged village, Beding, Nepal.

To support Bud Martin & Nick Frazee’s efforts to raise money to help rebuild the earthquake-ravaged village of Beding in Nepal, Hyperlite Mountain Gear donated two packs (an Ice Climbing Pack & a Dyneema® Summit Pack) to the first two people to donate $1000 or more on their CrowdRise Fundraising Site. Martin called us this morning to say within 24 hours they received two $1000 donations!

 

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