Climbing Aconcagua for the Earth: 1BOG CEO Takes on the World’s 2nd-Tallest Peak

posted by Matthew Wheeland on January 3rd, 2014

zbig-aconcaguaWe’re pleased to announce that Zbigniew Barwicz, the CEO of One Block off the Grid, as well as our parent company, PURE Energies, has just kicked off a three-week journey to climb to the top of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. Aconcagua, at 22,841 feet, is the tallest mountain in the Americas and second only to Mt. Everest for total height. (You can see it way off in the distance there in the photo to the left.)

The climb is a fundraiser for the David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada’s most respected environmental groups, and the funds that Zbig is helping to raise will go to combat climate change. All donations made by January 24 will be matched dollar for dollar by PURE Energies.

Zbig has already started his journey, and is regularly blogging and tweeting details and pictures.

For instance, on New Year’s day, when his team of climbers was halfway to the first base camp at Plaza Argentina — which is at 13,800 feet of elevation — Zbig wrote:

I’m noticing the air. We did ten miles today and reached 9,300 feet (just under 3000 meters), so oxygen is harder to come by. But also because the air is just so clean and pure. Different stuff than what I breathe in at home.

New Year’s Eve was something else! Three kilometers / almost 2 miles above sea level, far from roads, buildings, offices, and electricity. Surrounded by mountains, mules, climbers and arrieros/mulers. A whole different world. We dined well! The arrieros made us a fabulous feast. This is definitely a New Year’s I won’t forget!

We’ll be following Zbig’s progress closely, and you can read more from him throughout his trek at And remember: Every dollar you donate by January 21 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by PURE Energies to make an even bigger contribution to the fight against climate change.

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