Having grown up in Wyoming and Washington, my perspective on the Great Outdoors is pretty biased. I’ve been lucky enough to live and travel in some of the most beautiful parts of the country, and thanks to my father and his example, have been able to experience that beauty up close and personal through family trips, Scouting, Search and Rescue, and even now, just heading out by myself or with friends or my children into the mountains to refresh and recharge my spirit. This has always been a part of my life, and something I’ve probably taken for granted. My experiences outside define a large part of who I am and how I see the world, and it’s something I really value and give thanks for daily.
This year I’m fortunate enough to be able to participate in a program through Backpacker Magazine, that will help give others an introduction to those same kinds of experiences. The “Summit for Someone” program is put on by a non-profit group called Big City Mountaineers out of Colorado. BCM provides urban teenage youth in need of positive adult mentoring with challenging, safe outdoor experiences designed to build self-esteem and positively impact their beliefs about themselves and others. The program has climbers such as myself raise funds that will send at-risk teens from around the country out on a 8-day backpacking or canoe trip, and allow them to experience the great outdoors in a way they might not otherwise have a chance to.
This coming July will hopefully find me climbing Mt. Olympus as part of the program (not with the kids, but as part of a guided group of climbers sponsored by BCM), and I will be working on raising funds ($3500) from now out until a month before my trip. I am appealing to those of you who read through all of this to help me reach that goal, and if you’re willing, then please click through to learn more and donate. Any amount is appreciated, and all of it makes a difference.
I’ll be making some progress in both raising funds and getting into shape over the next few months, and will keep things up to date here as often as I can with photos and trip reports from training outings, so stay tuned.