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Father-son duo raising money for Make-A-Wish headed to Mt. Fuji for charity hike


Our viewers have helped raise $11,000, and they are making their way to Japan Friday night to tackle the mountain. KOB got to catch up with them before they flew out.

In February, Vince Martinez and his son Landen were in the middle of training to take on Mt. Fugi, which peaks at more than 12,000 feet.

They used the Sandia Mountains to simulate conditions on Japan’s highest peak. But it’s not just for fun - Landen proposed climbing for a cause.

When he was younger, he knew a kid who died of cancer, which left an impression on him.

“Then I thought if I hike Mt. Fuji I could raise money for kids like that,” he said.

“I almost started crying, to be honest with you,” Vince said. “I’m very proud of him. Big heart.”

Now, after months of training, they’re ready to go.

“If it’s hard conditions, we’ve got our ski goggles, we’ve got our heavy gear and we’ve got our light gear,” Vince said. “We’re going to be dressing in layers.”

But weather on Mt. Fuji isn’t always ideal, which is why they’ve been training in the unpredictable Sandias to prepare.

“When we’re training outdoors, we train high up on the mountain, and when it was snowing we were up there on bikes, we were up there doing cardio. We’re ready for the cold weather,” Landen said.

The latest forecast for Mt. Fuji is looking rough - high winds, rain and cold temperatures will be the norm for the next several days.

“I hope there’s a day that opens up for us where it’s not that,” Vince said. “And if it is, we’re ready.”

If you’d like to help Vince and Landen continue to raise money, visit their site here.


Eddie Garcia, KOB Eyewitness News 4

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