What are friends for?

Every year, as part of our Summit For Someone Incentives program, we do a drawing for five free climbs. Climbers who have gone above their fundraising goal the previous year are eligible for the drawing, and five lucky names are pulled before the launch of SFS.

This year, we had an interesting situation. Stuart Smith, who had climbed Mount Rainier in 2008 with his friend and Microsoft co-worker Mat McBride, e-mailed me to ask if we had done the drawing yet, and that he was keeping his hopes up that he’d won a free climb for 2009.

We had actually just done the drawing, but hadn’t informed any of the winners yet. Stuart, unfortunately, was not one of our winners. But, Mat McBride was.

I felt it was only right to let Stuart know before I called Mat, so I e-mailed him and let him know that yes, in a weird twist, Mat had won a climb.

Stuart proved that he could not keep a secret and immediately told Mat — which is great, because at least then someone got to see the look on Mat’s face when he found out. Even better, it was his friend.

And if you’re a good friend, you ask us if you can split your free Summit For Someone climb with your friend. Which is what Mat did. So, instead of giving away one free climb, we gave Stuart and Mat each a half-price climb.

They’re signed up for Mount Rainier (which they both summited in 2008) this year, each raising $2,000 for Big City Mountaineers.

Stuart Smith, left, and Mat McBride, at the start of their Mount Rainier climb in 2008.

Stuart Smith, left, and Mat McBride, at the start of their Mount Rainier climb in 2008.


Questions about Summit For Someone? E-mail brendan@bigcitymountaineers.org or call 303-271-9200, ext. 403.

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One response to “What are friends for?

  1. It’s true! Mat is awesome! Thanks Mat and thanks BCM/Brendan for your generosity and flexibility. I’m looking forward to another season of successful fundraising, conditioning and climbing.

    Stu