My name is Mike Kobold, and in May of 2010 I am going to lead an expedition with the goal to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Despite my fear of heights, I have some experience in this matter. Last year, I became the first watchmaker to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain. However, my team and I achieved this with the use of supplemental oxygen and, in my case, with intense U.S. Navy SEAL training. This year, we’re going to attempt to summit without the use of supplemental oxygen – a far more difficult and dangerous undertaking.

What would possess an armchair explorer like me to leave behind the comforts of a predictable life and undertake such a challenge? It’s simple: my goal is to raise money for the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund, a public charity that provides support for wounded Navy SEALs and their families. Even a regular guy should do his part to help those who have risked their lives in the line of duty. Please consider making a donation to the Navy SEAL Warrior Fund; it’s tax-deductible and you don’t have to climb Mt. Everest to do your part to help our most impressive warriors and their families. You can make a donation at www.sealfund.org.

I now invite you to browse through this site for more on the 2010 Everest Challenge Expedition and hope that you help the Navy SEALs.

Thank you!