South American Adventures

Taking flying leaps into the unknown

Climbing Cerro Manquehue

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Woke up on Sunday morning feeling like I just climbed a mountain…well yesterday we did.

Cerro Manquehue

Cerro Manquehue

Fellow entrepreneur, Dave, and I took his Aprilia motorcycle and cruised to the foothills of this steep beast of a mountain. The climb to the top is short, 1.5-2.5 hours but steep. Being diabetic I armed myself with several dextro sugar units and Skittles. Well I slightly underestimated the energy requirement of the hike and when reaching the top I consumed all my sugar reserves and sugar levels were being burned by extremely exhausted calf muscles.

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After a brief  appreciation of the amazing view from the top – from where you can see Santiago and several glider planes we began our descent or rather skidding as the slope is extremely steep and dessert i.e. no plants for tracking.

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Deep in conversation we quickly lost our path and had to cut across un trodden terrain brushing past cacti (however you spell that) and other thorny plants to find the road back down. I ain’t gonna lie: got slightly panicky about making it back as sugar levels were not progressing on a favorable trajectory. Eventually, we made it. The journey in total was probably 4 hours. We also spotted a relative of the tarantula spider. No need to be afraid as apparently they are the friendly uncle relative. Dave decided to play with it as well and he survived..

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Author: Miklos Grof

Miklos is the CEO and co-founder of Fundacity. Fundacity is making startups investing easier. Fundacity already supports all the notable accelerators in LatAm in their startup selection and management and they are expanding rapidly across Asia-Pacific and Europe. With the recently launched Fundacity Investments Clubs it seeks to simplify the startup investing process in emerging markets and make it accessible to more people. Miklos has unique and extensive experience in start-up formation, business development and venture financing. He has raised and evaluated investment offers in venture capital from angels and VCs from three continents for a variety of deals. He thrives at launching businesses and making sales in new geographies. Miklos currently serves as a financial advisor and mentor for various start-ups including Taggify (an online contextual advertising company based in New York and Buenos Aires). At Taggify, Miklos advises on fundraising, financial reporting to the board of investors, tax filling and cash flow management. Miklos completed his MsC in Finance at the London School of Economics and previously worked in corporate finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, fund sales at UniCredit Vienna and economic research at Erste Bank Budapest. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Whales and is quinti-lingual. He is passionate about startups and entrepreneurship and spends his free time engaging with the startup community.

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