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Big City Mountaineers and Backpacker Magazine Announce Mount Shasta Climbing Fundraiser

December 16, 2013 (Golden, Colo.) – Big City Mountaineers (BCM), the leading non-profit that instills critical life skills in under-resourced urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions, has partnered with Backpacker Magazine to organize two Summit for Someone fundraising climbs on Mt. Shasta in June 2014.

“In the January 2014 edition of Backpacker I extended an invitation to our readers to join me on the Mt. Shasta climb,” states editor-in-chief Dennis Lewon. “Participants will receive guiding and instruction from local experts, $750 worth of gear from BCM sponsors, and a chance to see their picture in an upcoming issue.”

Summit for Someone (SFS) is a unique program that gives participants a chance to travel and climb the world’s premier mountains under the instruction of top-tier guide services, while positively impacting the lives of under-resourced urban youth. The vital funding raised through SFS enables BCM to help thousands of urban youth across the country in need of positive adult guidance, in challenging and restorative wilderness environments. BCM programs have a proven track record of improving integrity, self-esteem, decision-making abilities, and communication skills that keep kids healthy, active, in school, and motivated to strive for success.

Joining Lewon on the climb are The North Face athletes Cedar Wright and Sam Elias. Additional partners and sponsors include Lowa and Liberty Bottleworks, with more to come. For more information and to register for this special mountaineering fundraiser, visit

In addition to the Shasta climbs, the SFS climb opportunities include Mt. Rainier, The Grand Teton and Mt. Kilimanjaro, along with 15 other world-class mountains. To find the climb that is right for you and to help even more youth experience BCM’s life-changing programs, please visit

About Big City Mountaineers

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) instills critical life-skills in over 2,000 under-served young people each year by getting them outdoors with volunteer mentors for life-changing wilderness experiences. BCM’s unique model of 1 to 1 mentoring is proven to develop integrity, responsibility, improve communication skills and decision making abilities in youth from risk-filled environments through a nationally recognized developmental analysis tool. Given the opportunity to develop these skills alongside caring volunteer mentors creates positive lasting change in these youth who become more likely to stay in school and avoid drugs, gangs and violence. To learn more, please visit