Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ripcord Travel Protection Supporst Anti-Poaching Efforts Namibia by Running an Ultramarathon


My friends over at Ripcord Travel Protection have been very busy lately. In addition to lending a hand to travelers all over the world, they've also gearing up for one of the most demanding ultramarathons in the world – the 250 km (155 mile) Sahara Race held in Namibia. But they won't be undertaking this tremendous effort solely for the challenge, as they're also using it as an effort to raise funds to combat illegal poaching in that country too.

The Redpoint team will consist of the company's Vice President, Tom Bochnowski and Operations paramedic Andrea Waters. They'll travel to Namibia at the end of April so they can be at the start of the race on May 1. In the week that follows, they'll travel self-supported through the desert as they push themselves to complete each stage of the race under grueling conditions.

Tom and Andrea's efforts will also serve as an opportunity for Redptoin to help raise funds for the Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia, an organization dedicated to stomping out the poaching of rhinos and elephants there. The nonprofit has pioneered the use of unmanned drones to combat poachers, but those UAV's are expensive and more are needed to combat the problem. To support this good cause, Ripcord has set up a donation page for those who want to contribute.

Last year while climbing Kilimanjaro, my travel insurance was covered by Ripcord and I had the chance to see them in action. Two members of our team had to be evacuated from the mountain and the professionals at Ripcord took care of the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. I was so impressed that I can't help but recommend them to any adventure traveler looking for the best coverage possible when traveling in remote places. In fact, I'll be using them again when I travel to Mongolia later this year. If you're planning an adventure of your own, visit the Ripcord website for more info.

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