Summit For Someone, the foremost mountaineering fundraiser in the country, has for five years provided alpine adventures to hundreds of climbers, who raise money for Big City Mountaineers’ wilderness programs for at-risk urban youth. A new program will allow prospective participants in Backpacker Magazine’s Summit For Someone to try their hand at raising money before registration for 2010 opens.
Registration for 2010 climbs begins in October 2009, as it has in past years. But with the Early Application option, available now, climbers can sign up with just a $50 deposit and have an additional two months to raise money before the 2010 season officially opens.
“We have interest in the program year-round, so rather than telling people to ‘Wait until October,’ we’d like to give everyone a chance to get a head start on the 2010 season,” says Brendan Leonard, Summit For Someone Climb Coordinator. “With pre-registration, climbers can sign up and get a good chunk of their fundraising done by the time we announce the climb dates in October.”
2010 Summit For Someone climbs will include Mount Rainier, Mount Hood, Mount Whitney, the Grand Teton, Mount Shasta, Devils Tower, among others, difficulty levels ranging for those with beginner-level experience all the way up to those with advanced-level experience. For more information on the Early Registration option and Summit For Someone, visit www.summitforsomeone.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It was a lot of hours put in to raise the funds,” says a previous SFS climber. “But knowing that they go to BCM and its goals of helping at-risk teenagers explore the possibilities made it very worthwhile.”
About Big City Mountaineers
The mission of Big City Mountaineers is to enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences. Big City Mountaineers is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation. For more information, visit www.bigcitymountaineers.org.