Summit a Peak for Someone in 2011

Have you always wanted to climb a certain peak like the Grand Teton, Rainier, Hood, Shasta, Whitney, or Orizaba? You could do it in 2011.

Registration is now open for 2011 Summit for Someone climbs on these and other iconic peaks, along with two new trips: Kilimanjaro and a Presidential Traverse.

SFS climbers raise funds that support Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit that takes underprivileged urban teens on backpacking and paddling trips with one-on-one adult mentors.

Full disclosure: I participated in an SFS climb on Mount Rainier in August. It was great. I got to meet and climb with six other excellent women, three fantastic female guides from RMI (including three-time Everest summiter Melissa Arnot), had a fun, successful climb, and supported a worthy cause in the process.

If you're interested, get info, sign up, or put down a deposit at

Then raise funds to introduce some deserving kids to the great outdoors.

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136 reviewer rep
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October 6, 2010 at 11:19 p.m. (EDT)

thanks for this info!

848 reviewer rep
3,897 forum posts
October 7, 2010 at 7:50 a.m. (EDT)

You're welcome. Maybe this is the next step you're looking for, iClimb. Whatever you do, choose something that inspires you.

136 reviewer rep
623 forum posts
October 7, 2010 at 2:54 p.m. (EDT)

I took a look at the site, and I have decided to email the contact person about the Big City challenge - from what I read it seems to be a "design-your-own" type of fundraiser, with no minimum amount to raise, and no fees built in for the guiding company and gift cards for gear. That sounds appealing to me with my $50,000 grad-school debt - those minimum amounts can be intimidating when I know I'd have to pay the remainder if I don't raise enough.

I see they have one climb for the Whites already - a Presidential traverse in fall. I'm thinking I may set one up to raise the money, but instead do a full winter assault of Washington or maybe even a winter Presidential traverse. The weather in the Presidentials can be so extreme, I can't think of any greater challenge on the eastern seaboard. What better way to challenge myself as a way to increase my awareness of the challenges some of these kids have on an everyday basis to just get by.

I'll keep you posted on it Alicia, it would be cool to get some other people involved if I do indeed set one up.

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