Hi all, I hoped you enjoyed my last blog entry on remembering names. Coming soon is how to memorize numbers!

So, it's about 7 months before I leave for Nepal to climb Mt. Everest. I have been doing some long endurance training 6 times a week and I'm noticing some awesome results. I've been running close to 10 miles at times, without getting tired. I've never been able to do that before. Before I climbed Mt. McKinley I wasn't even running that long while training and I summited with no problems; so that's an awesome sign.

Right now, the issue is sponsorship. I've managed to raise about $5000 from friends and family, which I believe to be really really awesome. But, I'm at the point where I need large corporate sponsorship to make this thing happen. I've been sending out my sponsorship packages to company after company. Now, all I need is one or two companies to come on board and it should be all set, but the hard thing is finding them. If any of you readers own a company or have some connection to someone who owns a company, and you think there might be some interest in having their company logo photographed on the summit of Mt. Everest, email me at climbformemory@gmail.com!

In memory related news, Boston is having a Memory Walk at the end of September around Cambridge (http://www.alz.org/memorywalk/) which I will be participating in. Hopefully I can let my cause be known and maybe spread some memory techniques as I walk. Also, the UK Memory Open was this past week, and Ben Pridmore, the reigning World Champ, won again! He did some awesome things like memorize 12 packs of cards in half an hour and 3620 binary digits in half an hour as well. Are you kidding me? Can you imagine doing either of those things? The crazy thing is, and this has always been my mantra, is that "ANYONE CAN DO IT!" Ask Ben, ask anyone. Ben is just a regular guy who reads comics and works at an accounting firm in England (and forgets where he places he keys a lot haha). All he has done is just learn a memory system and work at it every day. I have done the same. I no longer look at information and shy away from it, I look at information and absorb it if I need to, without much effort. It's a pretty cool feeling to be able to do that.

Anyways, stay tuned for more news. It's getting close to crunch time, so things are gonna pick up!