Actress Jessica Biel, a frequent visitor to Las Vegas, is apparently moving up in the world. The 27-year-old star has signed on to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in January to raise awareness for the need for clean water worldwide.
She will be joined by singer Lupe Fiasco and actress Isabel Lucas, who will be going on the “Summit on the Summit” expedition, which is the brainchild of Biel’s friend, singer Kenna, whose father suffered from waterborne diseases in Ethiopia as a child.
“This is a basic human necessity that needs to be addressed now,” Biel said in a statement about her decision to climb the more than 19,000 feet to the mountain’s peak.
According to the Associated Press, more celebrity climbers will be announced in the next few months.
The climb will also raise funds for the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and PlayPumps International.
Pike’s Peak has their racing car climb. And people are always climbing this or that in search of some new record. Now, not to be outdone, Las Vegas offers THE competitive event for the fearless and definitely not the light of heart: “Scale the Strat”
Over 400 people are expected to compete in a 108-floor vertical ascent, climbing up the 1,445 steps inside the Stratosphere. It is not recommended for the average couch potato or acrophobic. The first 26 flights of stairs are configured like a typical stairwell, but the upper flights are suspended inside the middle of a hollow tower with open air on each side.
The top 50 athlete climbers with the fastest times on Friday morning, February 20. Then they will do it all over again the next morning, Saturday, for top awards, psychic satisfaction- and psychiatric evaluations.
In addition to the hearty competition there will be plenty of food, cocktails, and entertainment.
Proceeds from Scale the Strat will help support the many life-saving programs of the American Lung Association of Nevada.
For more details, call 702-431-6333 or visit http://www.scalethestrat.com