Free Pair of Keen Shoes for Next 10 SFS Registrants!

For a limited time, the Big City Mountaineers’ Summit for Someone program is offering a new pair of KEEN shoes of your choice to the next 10 folks who sign up for a 2013 climb with us! Get a new pair of KEEN’s while they last… sign up today!

2013 Summit for Someone Season Launched!

Big City Mountaineers is excited to announce the launch of the ninth season of it’s highly acclaimed Summit for Someone fundraising climb series! Along with an updated website and new sponsor muscle, SFS has added five new climbs to it’s roster to up the ante for past climbers and to entice new climbers to join. New climbs include a Mt. Everest base camp trek, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Shuksan, Ecuador Volcanos, and a John Muir Trail trek.

Join in on the fun and help us get more urban youth outside with positive adult rolemodels! Check out the new Summit for Someone program today! www.summitforsomeone.org

Summit for Someone Unveils New Veterans Climb

Big City Mountaineer’s Summit for Someone program announces the first annual Veterans Climb, September 8 to12, at Washington’s Mt. Shuksan.

Mt. Shuksan, the crown jewel of North Cascades, is nestled between Mt. Baker to the west, the Alps of the United States to the east, Rainier to the south, and the Canadian Coast range to the north.

At 9,131 feet, Shuksan is smothered in glaciers, massive rock ridges, and boasts a spectacular pinnacle, provides climbers a complete mountaineering experience.  This fall, in partnership with The Sierra Club, BCM has designed an exclusive opportunity for U.S. Military Veterans, active duty Guard, and reserve service women and men to scale Shuksan alongside professional guides.

“The most significant thing that I’ve seen while organizing this climb is the interest veterans have in giving back and doing something that will benefit their communities,” says Summit for Someone Manager Darin Fearday.  “Hopefully this will be a pilot program and next year we’ll get to do it again!”

Proceeds from the Veterans Climb will benefit Big City Mountaineers newest Veterans Leadership Program.  This program allows service men and women to mentor under-resourced urban youth while taking their outdoor skills to the next level during BCM’s week long summer trips.

KAF Adventures, the professional Shuksan guides, are experienced in helping relate mountaineering to the real-life challenges that face service men and women re-entering  civilian life.

Climbers receive a Jansport packs, a Summit For Someone ice axe, SOLE footbeds, an SFS T-shirt, and a wonderful gear package from BCM’s sponsors. “We’ve received new sponsorships from the outdoor industry who want to support these veterans,”  Fearday says. “Outdoor Research in Seattle is helping put together a really nice gear package for all of our veteran climbers.”

For more information about the Mt. Shuksan Veterans Climb and Big City Mountaineers, contact Darin Fearday at 303-271-9200 ext. 402 or register at www.summitforsomeone.org.

Veterans to Serve as Mentors for Big City Mountaineers Youth

Big City Mountaineers is eager to launch a new Veteran Leadership Program, in conjunction with the Sierra Club this season.

Partnering with the Military Families Outdoors Program, this initiative will enable veterans to join BCM’s week long backpacking expeditions, helping to provide positive wilderness experiences to under-resourced urban youth.

“I think that veterans have a unique perspective to offer our teens,” says BCM’s Rocky Mountain Program Director Elizabeth Williams.  “We’re trying to use the outdoors as a tool for youth to learn teamwork, positive self-esteem, and how to overcome challenges, and then translate those lessons back to their homes, schools, and communities,” she adds.

BCM developed the Veteran Leadership Program to utilize the strengths of returning veterans, and to offer them the opportunity to mentor youth in a transformative wilderness setting.  “Our program provides a one-to-one mentor to teen ratio, which creates unique relationships between our volunteers and the kids,” says Williams.

The Veteran Leadership Program, created through a grant from the Sierra Club, is designed to encourage Colorado veterans to enhance their outdoor skills while relating to under-served youth—many of whom have never experienced the wilderness.  “It’s a cool way for veterans to get involved back in their communities and to share their stories with our teens,” says Williams.

“The veterans in this program are going to be gaining skills that they can use after their BCM experience as well,” adds BCM Development Associate Alex Kaney. “These are skills that they can take with them to go backpacking with their friends and families later on,” she says.

With the support of the Sierra Club, BCM is looking forward to connecting veterans with their youth. “I think there’s a cathartic element to being outdoors, and a lot of veterans have tons of wilderness experience,” says Williams. “This program simply encourages them to translate their military training into a back country setting.”

For more information about the Veteran Leadership Program or Big City Mountaineers, contact Elizabeth Williams at 303-271-9200 ext. 406 or visit www.bigcitymountaineers.org.