Climbing Kilimanjaro for Clean Water

Climbing a mountain to raise awareness of clean water is certainly something that will get attention. (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr)

In a little over three months, Grammy-nomimated musician Kenna will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money and awareness of the global clean water crisis in a campaign called Summit on the Summit.

Right now over a billion people on the planet don't have access to clean water, the most basic requirement for life.

Kenna will be joined by some of his famous pals including Isabel Lucas, Jessica Biel and Lupe Fiasco as well as some heavy green hitters like Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques (we're big fans of Alexandra, read more about her initiative Blue Legacy), Kick Kennedy, eco-activist and granddaughter of Robert Kennedy, and photographers Michael Muller and Jimmy Chin.

The climbers will be heading up to base camp in about a month to start training and acclimatizing for their seven-day, 50-mile bid to the 19,331-foot high summit which is scheduled for January 2010.

Mount Kilimanjaro isn't a technically difficult climb but offers plenty of dangers due to the cold and extreme altitude. Climbers die every year on the way up, most due to the effects of altitude sickness.

You can help the cause by donating money through the United Nations Foundation. PlayPumps International, a really cool organization that invented a water pump enclosed in a children's merry-go-round, is one of the benefactors of the money and will be using the funds to install more of their life saving merry-go-rounds in communities in need.

Summit on the Summit is being support by HP, PŪR Water Filtration, and First Ascent by Eddie Bauer.

We'll check back in with the climbers once they hit base camp and will report on how things go once they start the climb.