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.