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Why Solve A Rubik’s Cube Atop Mt. Everest? Just Ask Charlie Wittmack (VIDEO)

Why Solve A Rubik’s Cube Atop Mt. Everest? Just Ask Charlie Wittmack (VIDEO)


Why on earth would anyone want to solve a Rubik’s Cube upon scaling Mt. Everest? Just ask Charlie Wittmack.

Wittmack, an American adventurer, lawyer and creator of the World Tri — a 10,000 mile journey across the globe — wants to bring attention to the plight of women and children in Nepal and the dire need to train more health workers to save mothers’ and children’s lives around the world.

An ever-looming global shortage of healthcare workers is leaving hundreds of millions of people at risk of needless suffering, disability and death. Eight million children — 37,000 of them in Nepal — die every year of largely preventable causes.  “I’m joining the race to save mothers’ and children’s lives, because I believe no woman should die in childbirth and no child should die just because of where they were born,” Wittmack said.

“Nepal has given me some of the most thrilling experiences of my life, so I’m focusing my fundraising efforts there.  I really want to be part of making sure all mothers and children are in reach of a trained health worker.”

Take a look at Wittmack as he solves the Rubik’s Cube after scaling the 29,035 foot peak.  Wittmack began his odyssey last summer as he swam 250 miles down the Thames River and across the English Channel to France, and then biked and ran across Europe and Asia before reaching Nepal and the base of Everest.

The World Health Organization recently estimated a shortfall of 3.5 million health workers.

Save the Children, along with ONE and more than 250 organizations are urging world leaders to address this devastating gap on the global health work force.

“World leaders must decide that the health and survival of many millions is worth their attention,” said Mary Beth Powers, who leads Save the Children’s newborn and child survival campaign.  “Right now, millions of young children die every year from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea simply because they don’t receive the most basic care from a trained health worker. As a mother myself, the thought of being without health care for my children is unimaginable.”

And, as Powers pointed out, “In most cases this care need not come from a doctor. Training a million additional community health workers and midwives, and adding new skills and better support to those already in place in developing countries would dramatically decrease deaths to mothers and children,” she added. “It’s a great return on investment — for as little as $300, a local community member can be trained as a health worker to deliver simple lifesaving solutions to children in need.”

Related reading:

How High Exactly Is Mount Everest?

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3:47AM PDT on Jun 4, 2014

I really need to learn how to solve a Rubik's cube.... But still very cool!

1:12AM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Haha I cant even solve a Rubiks Cube in the comfort of my own home! Well done!

1:51PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

A stupid and risky theatrical. And how many others are placed at risk every time somebody tries this absurd climb? Going over Niagara in a barrel might make more sense. At least many could see you be demolished for a good cause and rescue or body recovery is relatively inexpensive.

11:12AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011


11:49AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Good article. Luck with the cause.

10:52AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

The only thing that will help the beleagured peoples of Nepal is that if the Western Governments get some kind of concensus and demand the Chinese Goverment cleans up its act - in relation to both Human Rights AND the environment.

Personally I'm pessimistic that that would ever happen. I believe The West is Way-Too-Deep with that ' Major League ' manufacturing/exporting country now , to try & make demands on it.

But let's not give up.

10:39AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Good cause!

9:38AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

The secret to solving the Rubix Cube is to learn how to peel stickers off! lol!

8:32AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Good for him. The Cube should be brought back - it's good for concentration and problem-solving skills.

When he was about 10 my son read a booklet on how to solve the Cube, practiced, then used to do it - and very quickly - when we rode the bus. Amazement all-around at the smart (if slightly show-off) kid!

5:35AM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

The Nepalese people need all the help they can get. Good on him! And to scale Mt Everest and still have the MENTAL function left to do a Rubiks cube - well what can I say - fantastic!!! :-D

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