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Pico de Orizaba

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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pico-de-orizabaJoin us for a climb of this beautiful and accessible mountain in the heart of Mexico. First climbed in 1848, Orizaba is the 3rd highest mountain in North America and an excellent experience for the aspiring mountaineer. Standing 18,880 feet above the Gulf of Mexico to the east, Orizaba is an excellent challenge for those who have had some experience with mountaineering and are looking to test themselves at high altitude. Orizaba is the perfect next step on the road to peaks such as Elbrus and Aconcagua and has served as the choice for mountaineers as the first big mountain glacier climb.

Pico de Orizaba is easily accessible from Mexico City, a short drive to the town of Tlachichuca brings us to the base of the mountain. We will spend a night in town before making our way to the start of the climb where we will pack and organize our equipment on the sunny grass of our logistics operator’s hacienda. A 4-wheel drive truck ride will transport the group and gear to the Piedra Grande hut located at 13,972 feet on the mountain. Here we will take a day or two to relax, hike, and acclimatize.

After taking some time to review basic skills, we will ready to climb to the summit. The route travels via moderate snow slopes of the Jamapa Glacier. After several hours ascending the snow slopes we reach the crater rim. A short traverse along the exciting summit ridge leads to the summit of Orizaba.

This route is a moderate to straight forward technical climbing route. There are some sections of rock where we use hands and feet to ascend short sections of rock, essentially what is called ‘scrambling’. The rest of the route is moderate angle 35 degree, firm snow.

After the climb we will join in a celebration dinner back in town and then transport back to Mexico City for the culmination of the expedition.

“The Orizaba trip was a great adventure set within the rich culture of central Mexico. As an experienced climber, I was provided an introduction to high altitude mountaineering and Mountain Professionals also taught me vital climbing lessons along the way.”

  • Guide: Mountain Professionals
    • Guide Fee (paid by BCM): $2,400
  • Location: Central Range, Mexico
  • Summit Elevation: 18,880 ft. (5636m)
  • Days: 7 
  • Dates: March 4-10, 2017 (Trip begins in Mexico City, Mexico)
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Maximum Group Size: 8 Clients
  • Pledge Requirement: $4,000 (including a non-refundable registration fee of $250)
  • Climb Type: High Altitude Glacier
  • Skill Requirement: Intermediate
  • Elevation: 18,880 feet
  • Route: Jamapa Glacier

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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!


As a thank you for all of your hard work fundraising, BCM sponsors provide our Grand Teton climbers with the following gear package:

  • Chaos Balaclava
  • Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet
  • Columbia Fleece
  • Columbia Tee
  • Jansport Klamath Pack
  • Jansport SFS Shirt
  • Light My Fire Meal Kit
  • Polartec Gloves
  • Smartwool Socks
  • Sole Ed Viesturs Signature Footbed
  • Jansport Summit Flag

You are eligible to receive your gear package once you reach your fundraising goal, or 60 days prior to your climb, whichever comes first.

You’re also eligible to earn even more gear in our monthly prize drawings. Check them out!


Mountain Gear

Mountain Gear generously stores and ships all of the SFS climber packages at no cost to BCM, so more of what you raise goes directly to youth programs! Thank you Mountain Gear!