Summit for Someone


Take on the mountain adventure of your dreams while raising funds to support the transformative wilderness experiences that BCM provides for under-resourced youth. We offer experiences that are appropriate for all outdoor enthusiasts with a solid foundational level of fitness, regardless of specific climbing or mountaineering skills. Each trip is run by professional guides to ensure you have a great experience.

For more information about how the Summit for Someone program supports youth programming at Big City Mountaineers, head to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Coming soon - 2019 season!

We will be announcing our roster of 2019 Summit for Someone adventures near the end of September. Please check back then to see what we have planned for our next adventure fundraising season!

If you have an idea for a custom Summit for Someone challenge that you’d like to pursue, please get in touch any time to start planning with the support of Big City Mountaineers, or check out the Custom Challenge page for more info. Any adventure can be paired with any fundraising goal so that your personal outdoor pursuits also help to get more under-resourced youth outdoors.

2018 Summit for Someone climbs

Registration for all 2018 Summit for Someone climbs has ended. The trips listed below will be running in the near future.  Feel free to check out our 2018 SFS recap to see great photos of all our fundraising adventures this year and get inspired to join us in 2019.

Longs Peak

August 24, 2018 - August 26, 2018

One of Colorado’s best-known Fourteeners—peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level—Longs Peak is visible from nearly anywhere on the Front Range. It’s also the highest point in Rocky Mountain National Park, and it boasts a famous first ascender, to boot: it was first climbed by a survey party led by Major John Wesley Powell, of Grand Canyon exploration fame. Routes on Longs Peak range from the third-class Keyhole Route to seriously technical rock routes on the Diamond, plus the ultra-classic Kieners Route—so it’s an ideal place to hone mountaineering skills. Mountaineering development will cover snow travel and mountain navigation.

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Presidential Traverse Hut-to-Hut

September 8, 2018 - September 10, 2018

This classic and epic hut-to-hut backpacking trip, timed for beautiful weather and early fall foliage viewing, will have you scheming about your next trip back east. The three-day, 20-mile ridge climb includes summits of Mounts Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Franklin, and Eisenhower, and it’s nearly all above treeline. This trek is also an opportunity to check out the Appalachian Mountain Club’s famous hut system, with two nights in these iconic accommodations along the way. A fall Presidential Traverse is a spectacular way to see the wild White Mountain National Forest as the leaves begin to change for the autumn season.

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Mount Whitney

September 13, 2018 - September 15, 2018

A few peaks come tantalizingly close, but Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. It holds the distinction of being the southern terminus of the John Muir Trail, as well as being the site of the Smithsonian Institute Shelter, a former astrophysical observatory. All this means it’s among the most popular objectives in the US, but with more than 20 established routes to the summit—ranging from an easy, Class 1 trail to technical 5.10—there are plenty of ways to climb Whitney without blending into the crowd. The Mountaineers’ Route is far less congested than the trail from Whitney Portal, and is an excellent introduction to climbing at altitude.

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resources for registered SFS climbers

If you have already registered for one of the scheduled Summit for Someone climbs listed above, click here for important information about your trip including: trip itineraries, gear and equipment lists, and participation waivers.

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