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Denver Schoolteacher to Climb Summits of 50 States in 50 Days
Date:5/22/2008

Thousands of Schoolchildren Get Active To Follow Along Online

WICHITA, Kan., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you top a successful expedition to the top of the world -- Mount Everest -- that was closely monitored by thousands of schoolchildren on the Web? Climb another mountain? How about climb to the highest point of each of the 50 states -- and do it in 50 days or less.

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Compared to the Coleman Everest 5.5 Challenge last year, Denver schoolteacher Mike Haugen's new project, 50 States in 50 Days Adventure, is even more challenging. More days, more climbing, more travel. Infinitely more complicated logistics. Yet his quest takes place right in the nation's backyards.

Haugen, 31, hopes to combat increasing rates of childhood obesity due to poor eating and exercise habits by hosting an online virtual challenge with his next climb to all 50 U.S. highpoints, which begins June 9. The public can follow along in real time during June and July on Coleman's Web site (http://www.coleman.com). Posted online will be photos, videos and a blog about his route, equipment, the people he meets, and the nature surrounding each summit.

Information about the American highpoints collected by Haugen will help update the Highpoints display at the Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum in Golden, Colo. (http://www.bwamm.org), which hosted Haugen's media kick-off event on May 20.

After Haugen physically completes the Adventure in July, Coleman's 50 States in 50 Days Challenge will launch with dozens of activities -- from bicycling and jogging to hiking and camping -- that kids can undertake as they earn their way from one state's virtual highpoint to another. What's more, teachers will b
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