Climbing the Kickstarter Route

Climbing the Kickstarter Route

What is this Kickstarter pledge thing all about?

Kickstarter is a way to fund creative projects through crowdsourcing. There are a few things you should know about Kickstarter projects.

  1. Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen.
  2. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing — projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money.
  3. People who pledge don’t have to pay anything if the project doesn’t reach or exceed the goal by the deadline.
  4. If the goal is met, then backers who made pledges are expected to pay their pledges in the two weeks following the deadline. Pledges are paid through Amazon’s secure payment gateway.
  5. Once the pledges are received, the creators can start fulfilling the reward incentives. Some rewards may be distributed right away or while the project development is in progress. Other rewards depend on project completion before they can be delivered.

The 49 Faces Kickstarter project launched on August 13 for 49 days. That makes the deadline for reaching our goal October 2, 2013. Guess what Alaskans? That’s one day before the 2013 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend check will be distributed!  So, if you pledge now and we do get funded, you won’t have to  until October. That’s right, even if you get that new pair of skis, ice tool, or studded tires for your mountain bike this fall, you’ll have enough left to meet the pledge you made to our project.

Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.  It’s supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends’ projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas.

Kickstarter website

We’d like to visualize our Kickstarter campaign as a virtual Denali climb. We are keeping track of progress towards our goal in terms of elevations between Kahiltna Base Camp at 7200′ ( $0 pledged ) and the summit at 20,320′ ( 100% of our $7800 goal).  If we match elevations of features on Denali’s West Buttress route with funding benchmarks, it looks a bit like this:

Feature Elevation (ft) % of Total Elevation Equivalent Funding amount
Kahiltna Base Camp 7200 0% $0
Camp 1 – Base of Ski Hill 7800 5% $357
Top of Ski Hill 9000 14% $1,070
Kahiltna Pass 10300 24% $1,843
Base of Motorcycle Hill 11200 30% $2,378
Windy Corner 13300 46% $3,627
Advance Base Camp 14300 54% $4,221
Fixed ropes on Headwall 15400 63% $4,875
West Buttress Ridge 16100 68% $5,291
High Camp 17200 76% $5,945
Denali Pass 18200 84% $6,540
Archdeacon’s Tower 19600 95% $7,372
Summit 20320 100% $7,800

So here is what our route looks like on Day 3. We’re well on our way slogging up the glacier thanks to the generous support of our first 10 backers. We’re almost to the 8,000 foot level, just hauling a load  up “Ski Hill”.

Like embarking on an Alaska Range climb, it required lots of time, preparation, research, and expense just to get to base camp on the glacier. We also know, that the reaching the summit is only half-way… we’ll have lots of work, and many of the biggest challenges after we reach our funding objective.

If you’d like to support us in climbing the Kickstarter route, you can link to our Kickstarter project from the sidebar, or just go to or

Thanks for following our journey!


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