Back in April of 2015, we highlighted the inspirational story of Ian Clark, who hiked up Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Water School – a charity that provides sustainable clean water strategies and education to developing countries. Ian was able to successfully complete the trek within 5 days, and proudly waved the .xyz flag at the top of the summit. Since then, Ian has been hiking all over the globe and recording his journeys. He needed a place where he could share these amazing adventures, so he created Hikers.xyz.
Ranging from locations like Watkins Glen, NY to the rolling green hills of Ireland, Hikers.xyz shares photos, videos, and recaps of the hikes that Ian has recently been on. Hikers.xyz will also act as an open resource for fellow adventurers, where everyone can share and comment on their outdoor experiences. When asked why he chose a .xyz domain as his main platform, Ian replied:
“Hikers are an adaptive community – landscapes and weather are constantly changing. Because of this, I felt that hikers would ‘get it’ …Another factor was being able to secure the perfect keyword to display my adventure destinations on: Hikers.xyz.”
Ian’s latest mission is to raise money for Nepal, which was recently devastated by earthquakes that affected over 8 million people. Ian and the Ontario-based group TrailHike will soon be embarking on an arduous 18-day journey to the Everest Base Camp to help raise awareness for the cause. Working through Samaritan’s Purse, their goal is to raise $15,000 for Nepal.
The devastation in Nepal horrified us here at XYZ, and inspired us to donate to Ian’s worthy cause. We wish Ian and his team the best of luck on their adventure, and can’t wait to see what he has in store next. Fortunately, Ian will be updating Hikers.xyz directly from the trail, so be sure to keep an eye out for new pictures and videos of his journey.
Update: As promised, Ian got back in touch with us before leaving on his journey to Everest. After chartering a plane into Northern Canada, he and 36 members of his Toronto based group TrailHike (which boasts a community of over 900 members) have just completed a training hike on the “Sleeping Giant” trail – and were looking great in their .xyz shirts.
Ian and his 12 fellow hikers will be leaving tomorrow (10/7/2016) for Nepal. Along the way, they will be stopping in Hong Kong to hike to the famous “Big Buddha” statue, and Ian has promised us some exclusive updates. Also, be sure to check out Hikers.xyz, as Ian has updated the site to include a day by day recap of his hike across Ireland (and staredown with an angry momma sheep).