Summit For Someone is a fundraising program owned by and to benefit Big City Mountaineers. In its sixth year and continuing to see record success, Summit for Someone is the No. 1 mountaineering fundraiser in the country. Participants choose a fully-guided climb on one of North America’s marquee peaks — Mount Rainier, Mount Whitney, Mount Hood, Mount Shasta, the Grand Teton and more — and raise money to help fund Big City Mountaineers’ summer recreational mentoring programs for at-risk teens.

This video was shot last year on their climb up Mt. Rainier. The Video was shot by YouTube User: jprmovie

This year, more than 60 volunteers, BCM staff members, and teens and youth agency representatives from Colorado Youth At Risk, Mercy Housing, Denver Kids, Sierra Club ICO, Colorado I Have a Dream and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver attended and spent the afternoon on the indoor climbing wall at the Mountaineering Center, participating in team-building initiatives, touring the American Mountaineering Museum, and watching a slide show presentation from 2009 BCM trips.

In 2009, 176 teens from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Portland, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area participated in 37 Big City Mountaineers trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Colorado, California, and the Pacific Northwest — made possible in part by the $431,000 raised by our 125 Summit For Someone climbers in 2009!

All told, our 2009 volunteers and teens totaled:

* More than 2,000 nights spent sleeping under the stars
* Approximately 5,000 miles hiked
* Approximately 4,000 miles paddled and portaged
* 2,675 program days — one program day = one teen in the outdoors for one day
* Improvements in three core teen developmental categories: Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, and Positive Identity

For more information, go to their Web Site and sign up.

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Feel free to contact me at any time. Started Backpacking in 2003 and have never looked back. My all time favorite hike was last April when I hiked the Sycamore Wilderness Canyon. No trails, no signs, just wilderness and a 3,000 foot steep drop into the Canyon. I ran out of water my third day. Why? There was no water in the Canyon. You can check out my video on the "backpacker.tv" page. Thanks for dropping by.

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