Summit for Someone

Me and a climbing buddy on top of the world.
For the last year I've been fundraising for Big City Mountaineers as part of their Summit For Someone program.

I did a climbathon at a local climbing gym, a fundraiser at a local restaurant, as well as asking family and friends for donations.

So far, I have raised over $3,500 for Big City Mountaineers, a group that introduces the great outdoors to at risk kids, living in urban areas.
Look close at the bottom of this photo to see the people. Gives a good perspective of size.
There were 6 people in total from all over the US who signed up for this particular climb, in the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.

We started hiking into high camp (which is around 11,000 ft) on August 18th at around 10am. And took a nice leisurely pace.

We spent the next day rock climbing on the towers around high camp and getting used to the altitude since it was such a big change. Most of us came from near sea level.

On Monday, August 20th, we woke up at 2 am and started hiking around 3 am. When we hit 13,000 ft a snow/hail storm came upon us, making the climbing very tricky and cold.

We summited at 8:30 a.m., reaching 13,775 ft. Then, quickly descended because of the bad weather. We reached the trailhead around 3:30 pm.

It was one of the coolest places I have ever been. Certainly a memorable climb. All together our group raised over $22,000 for Big City Mountaineers! Thanks, Lowa!

-  Christian M.
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