Name: Patrick Neuman

Birthday: Jan 15

Occupation: Ice Fisherman and ex-Broadway star

The Challenge:

24 boulder problems in each state in 24 states in 24 days:

all problems must be done outside regardless of weather repeats are allowed but only as a last resort

I will raise $24,000. $12,000 will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and $12,000 will go to COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association).

I will make and wear a sponsor t-shirt which will be worn for the full 24 days of the challenge.


Daily Trip Reports              Todd's Dream             Climb For Cure

I am gearing up for the 2003 birthday challenge. Even though my birthday is in January, the challenge is going to take place May 1st - May 24th. The challenge:

24 boulder problems in each state in 24 states in 24 days:

all problems must be done outside regardless of weather repeats are allowed but only as a last resort

I will raise $24,000. $12,000 will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and $12,000 will go to COTA (Children's Organ Transplant Association).

I will make and wear a sponsor t-shirt which will be worn for the full 24 days of the challenge.

Daunting I know, but things are already in the works. I have brochures from COTA and CFF being mailed to Boulders. These will be thrown in with sponsorship and donation letters. Lisa is on the cover of UWís transplant brochure, and that will be sent as well. I have given Brad my notice at Boulders so come May 1st there will be no pesky job getting in the way. I am in the process of composing a mass email to send out to friends and relatives, my wedding is coming up and I can collect there and hand out information sheets.

The route has yet to be decided. I will start in Wisconsin, but I havenít decided whether to go west or east. Any beta on bouldering areas that you can throw my way would be great. It looks like east will be easier, who knew about all the great bouldering in West Virginia?

Iíll contact the local newspapers and TV stations when it gets to be a little closer to the event. Todd is interested in coming and shooting a video, which may help with sponsorship. I will probably also throw up a web page on the Gilbert site with a link to Birthday Challenge and the CFF and COTA homepages. (www.cff.org and www.cota.org). It would be great to involve a bunch of climbing and outdoor companies, given the nature of the challenge.

This challenge is going to require huge amounts of support. I would love to get a ton of climbers to come along for the ride, even if it is just for a few days here and there. Also we are going to need drivers, and locals of different areas to act as guides. I have been living on the net the last couple of days trying to collect as much beta on different bouldering areas as I can. Your advice, input, and support are priceless as always and I welcome any suggestions and information you can provide (especially with sponsorship ideas and logistics, so basically the whole damn lot). It should be one hell of a good time. I will wait to hear from you before I take any further steps.

In training,

Neuman

Neuman’s Own Birthday Challenge 2003

24 States

576 boulder problems (24 in each state)

24 days

States
Wisconsin (devil’s lake/Baraboo)
Illinois (so ill)
Ohio (hocking hills state park/Lancaster)
Pennsylvania
New York (gunks)
Vermont (north duxbury?)
New Hampshire
Maine
Massachusetts
Rhode Island (Lincoln woods)
New Jersey
Connecticut
West Virginia
Kentucky
Tennessee
Missouri
Oklahoma (chandler park/Tulsa)
New Mexico
Arizona
Utah
Colorado
Wyoming
South Dakota (needles/Custer State Park)
Minnesota