Having walked across the continental U.S. that was briefly interrupted by a rattlesnake bite in 2019, Mike Posner is no stranger to extensive travel and on Monday, the “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” rapper announced his latest Mount Everest adventure.
On March 29th the Detroit native said he plans to climb Mt. Everest in May to raise funds for his hometown’s Detroit Justice Center. “While my walk across America was about me finding myself, I want my climb to be about others,” Posner said in a statement. “Before my dad died, he was a criminal defense attorney in Detroit for 40 years. I’ve decided to dedicate my climb to the non-profit Detroit Justice Center because they’re doing criminal justice reform work in my city that would make my dad beam with joy.”
At 29,000 feet, the journey up the world’s highest mountain will come after Posner spent 18 months of intensive high altitude training in Colorado. Scaling more than 40 peaks in preparation, according to a release announcing the effort the MC has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for the Justice Center. Addressing obvious safety concerns, the 33-year-old noted that he understands the risks, but, “One thing I’ve learned is that a lot of life, a lot of beauty, is on the other side of that feeling of anxiety, or fear, or whatever you want to call it.”
Watch Mike Posner’s announcement here.
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