Group of Four Attempt World Speed Record at Reaching the Highpoints of the Lower 48 U.S. States

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Four adventurous souls embark on a quest to beat the world speed record for reaching the highpoints of each of the lower 48 U.S. States while raising money for The Nature Conservancy. They'll have to drive over 14,000 miles and Ben Newkirk and Brian Boshart will have to climb over 100,000 vertical feet and walk/climb roughly 350 miles in under 23 days, 19 hrs. and 31 min. in order to beat the record by Britain's Jake Meyer.

With Ben "Smooth" Newkirk and Brian "Tomato" Boshart as "The Climbers", Kim "S.O.L." Geisreiter as "driver/cameraperson/emotional support" and Scott "Squatch" Herriott as "The pain-in-the-ass director/driver", Team Climb 'N Drive begin their quest to break the world speed record for reaching the highpoints of the lower 48 U.S. states starting on July 20th. They'll be quasi-crammed into a mini-van replete with climbing equipment, an IPad, way too many CDs and an attitude that says "It's time to bring the record back to the States, dammit."

They'll be taping this adventure for a documentary to be released either later this year or early '11. Newkirk and Boshart are experienced climbers and, following an intense number-crunching session, feel the record is definitely breakable. Herriott has made several documentaries ( and really has only one major concern..."The hope is we don't kill each other before we get to Maine."

They'll be available for phone and video interviews up to and following the starting gun (video-enabled Droid phones rock). Followers will also be able to watch their progress via a SPOT locator/Google Maps web link that will show where they are (within a couple of hours or so) at any given time.


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