Challenge Yourself to Change a Young Life

Mt. Whitney

Every year, Summit for Someone climbers join together to ascend some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains to improve the lives of under-served, urban youth. The vital funding that is raised through Summit for Someone makes it possible for Big City Mountaineers to deliver transformational wilderness mentoring expeditions to urban youth across the country in need of positive adult guidance in challenging and restorative environments.


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Mt WhitneyAt 14,497 feet, Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. It is also one of the most sought-after mountains in North America. During the winter and spring months the Mountaineers Route is full of snow. Crampon, ice axe, and rope travel skills are including fixed line skills. In some conditions running belays are also employed. Over the four-day climb we will set up two expedition style camps with the highest located at the base of the spectacular East Face of Mt. Whitney. This 25-45 degree climb offers an excellent opportunity to learn and review skills applicable to climbs such as Denali, the Alps, Nepal, and other big snow climbs. This route offers a much less crowded way of reaching this very popular summit, and beautiful vistas are prevalent throughout.

  • Guide: Sierra Mountaineering International
    • Guide fee (paid by BCM): $1,000
  • Climb Type: Snow
  • Skill Requirement: Intermediate
  • Location: Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, California
  • Elevation: 14,497 feet
  • Non-refundable Registration fee/donation: $250
  • Pledge Requirement: $4,000 (including a non-refundable registration fee)
  • Route: Mountaineers
  • Length: 4 days (see Itinerary below)
  • Dates: April 13 – 16, 2017


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Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise


Big City Mountaineers is committed to supporting our Summit for Someone climbers every step of the way, helping to ensure you reach your fundraising goal and have fun while doing it!

We’ll help you set up a climber donation page and assist you along the way towards your fundraising goal. We encourage you to take full advantage of the Fundraising Guide and support from the BCM staff.

Many SFS participants are first-time climbers as well as first-time fundraisers. Therefore, we not only support you prepare you for your climb, but we also fully support your fundraising efforts.

Here are some of the resources we provide to make it easy to reach your goal:

  • Personal Online Fundraising Page via Crowdrisetell the world why you are Summiting for Someone, easily collect and track donations.
  • Summit for Someone Fundraising Guidewe’ve compiled years of SFS fundraising tips, ideas, initiatives, and templates to make it easy for you to reach your goal.
  • Monthly Email Newsletter Inspirationread stories of transformation and success from our BCM youth, receive even more fundraising tips.
  • Google Driveaccess to a library of inspirational stories, quotes, and videos from BCM youth & Summit for Someone climbers
  • Remittance Slipprint your own copies of our remittance slip; provide your donors a quick and easy way to send donations via snail mail. 
  • Flyers and Postcardsprint your own or we can mail some to you.
  • Facebook Group – connect to & get inspired by our growing community of climbers!
  • Social Media Tipsnew to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, etc? We’re here to help!
    • We have loads of inspiring stories, photos, videos, and quotes that you can share to help get the word out and help you reach your fundraising goal!

positive tracks

Know someone under 23 that may be interested in a Summit for Someone climb? Have them join your climbing team and your fundraising efforts could be doubled thanks to a grant from Positive Tracks!

BCM has partnered with Positive Tracks a national youth-centric non-profit, to help young people get active and give back through the Summit For Someone program! Positive Tracks has created a $25,000 Youth Fundraising Challenge to double funds generated by climbers ages 23 and under. Every dollar raised by young people and matched by Positive Tracks goes to BCM to transform the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring experiences that instill critical life skills. With Positive Tracks’ help, Big City Mountaineers’ youth supporters aim to raise $50,000 for BCM, while teaching young people the rewards of making a difference using their own power!