the Summit for Someone program is the #1 mountaineering fundraiser in the country, supporting Big City Mountaineers. for those of you who don’t know, Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in denver, co delivering transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions to under- resourced urban youth to instill critical life skills.
i was fortunate enough to grow up climbing trees, wading in streams, and sleeping under the stars. early on, my family spent summers camping, fishing, and hiking. my parents taught me how to love and respect the outdoors and i’ve never stopped loving it. at age 23, i already have an oversized resume to prove it: learning how to climb trees in my grandparent’s backyard, spending grade school summers exploring the open space behind my childhood home, rambling around angel island in the heart of the san francisco bay when i went off to college, spending a summer living in yellowstone national park, climbing the middle teton, through hiking the 500 mile colorado trail, trekking in the high andes of peru. the outdoors is where i found curiosity, kindness, success, modesty, ambition, self awareness, appreciation, confidence, friendship, love, passion, and something worth living for. wilderness experiences have shaped me into the person i am today. i was lucky to have a family that started me early, but many kids don’t get that chance. i want nothing more than to give back to a community that supports shaping kids futures my way, the outdoors way, giving them a chance to find themselves, too.
so i’m pledging to raise $8,500 for at risk youth and a summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
you can help support me by donating here ♥. you can also send ideas, auction products, suggestions, high-fives, or love my way by email email@example.com or through the power of the secret.
my favorite place in the whole wide world is on top of a mountain. it’s where i find peace, clarity, hope.
george mallory (and everyone and their mom since then) said, “because it’s there.”
arlene blum and the first american ascent team of annapurna I (an ALL women team who inspired my S4S logo among other things) said, “a woman’s place is on top.”
for me, it’s a little of everything.