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Highgear and Yaktrax Pro Team Member Eric Larsen Supports BCM

Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is excited to announce that Polar Adventurer Eric Larsen has created his own Summit for Someone climb.

Big City Mountaineers (BCM), the non-profit that instills critical life skills in under-served urban youth through transformational wilderness mentoring expeditions, is excited to announce that Polar Adventurer Eric Larsen has created his own Summit for Someone climb.

Today, Eric and his expedition partner Ryan Waters are in the Seattle area to climb seven peaks, including Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Hood, in an effort to raise $7,000 (7 for 7k) for BCM. Eric’s effort to climb seven peaks is not necessarily about breaking any records or putting up new climbing routes. “It is about spending time outside engaged in a fun self funded challenge and doing seven simple things to try help out a good cause and make the world a better place.”

Summit for Someone (SFS), BCM’s largest fundraising initiative, allows individuals the opportunity to enjoy either a professionally guided climb on one of 14 epic peaks or the ability to create a custom adventure, all to provide inner-city youth with life-changing wilderness experiences alongside caring adult mentors.

“Our hope is that the seven peak climb will not only raise funds and awareness for Big City Mountaineers, but for the greater cause of connecting people to the outdoors,” says Eric. “Climbing, hiking and just being active in the outdoors can help create transformational opportunities for kids that desperately need them.”

Along with the support of other mutual partners of Eric and BCM including Clif, Stanley, Optic Nerve, and DeLorme, Highgear and Yaktrax have agreed to match all donations up to $2,000 in support of Eric’s climb. To learn more about Eric’s climb and SFS, or to donate in honor of Eric, visit

To hear all about Eric’s 7 for 7K adventure and to win some great prizes and enjoy some cold margaritas and beer, visit the Highgear/Yaktrax ORSM booth #30151W on Thursday, August 2nd at 5pm for the Cold Summer Happy Hour.

About Big City Mountaineers
Founded in 1989, Big City Mountaineers is a non-profit organization that changes the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. BCM partners with a vibrant network of youth-based agencies to provide youth the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of the wilderness alongside supportive adult role models. BCM programs improve self-esteem, integrity, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills of more than 600 youth annually.

For more information regarding BCM, or to learn how to create your own custom SFS climb, please contact Heather Metivier at or (303) 271-9200 ext. 407.

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