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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.

summit for someone 2019

Welcome to Summit for Someone! Registration for all 2019 adventures is now open – please read on to learn what we have in store for the 2019 season. All registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mt. Rainier

July 22, 2019 - July 25, 2019

This trip is full!

This epic and iconic peak truly lives up to its definition as one of the pinnacles of mountaineering glory. Standing 14,411 feet high, Rainier is the 2nd highest mountain in the lower 48 and tallest peak in Washington. This mountain remains the ultimate goal on many climbers’ bucket lists. The opportunity to take on this adventure includes a four-day summit attempt of Mount Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

Key Considerations: high altitude, cold temperatures, snow and ice travel, +/- 10,000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $3000

Gannett Peak Leadership Expedition

July 22, 2019 - July 27, 2019

3 spots left!

Welcome to the Wind River Mountains of western Wyoming, a massive range spanning 100 miles and home to many 13,000’ glaciated peaks and remote alpine areas. The Wyoming state high point, Gannett Peak, is the 13,804’ crown jewel of this pristine wildernessJoin Chris Warner – accomplished mountaineer, prolific leadership and business educator, and entrepreneur – as he co-leads this dream of an experiential adventure, complete with his accumulated wisdom from decades spent in the worlds of both mountaineering and business. With a horse and wrangler support team to help transport gear from the trailhead to main camp, you’ll enjoy a long, exceptionally beautiful hike deep into the mountains. Snow climbing and self-arrest lessons will prepare the group for the summit attempt, a thrilling day that includes glacier crossing, snow travel, and rock scrambling. Time spent together at the end of each day of travel will provide ample time for exploring topics such as leadership, the entrepreneurial spirit, and lessons learned in the great outdoors. Guided by Chris Warner and Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: high altitude, long hiking days, some technical snow and rock travel, +/- 4500′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $3500

Longs Peak

August 9, 2019 - August 11, 2019

This trip is full!

One of Colorado’s best-known Fourteeners—peaks over 14,000 feet above sea level— Longs Peak provides the opportunity to see the Rocky Mountains from one of the most coveted summits in the West. At 14,259 feet above sea level and over 7 miles from the trailhead, this summit will make you earn your views. There are many different routes to the summit; The Cable Route, rising directly from The Boulderfield at 12,500′, is the most direct line to the summit and a historic route that involves a few technical pitches of rock climbing and a few hundred feet of Class 3 rock scrambling. Guided by Colorado Mountain School.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, +/- 5000′ elevation gain

Fundraising Commitment: $1500

Appalachian Mountains Photography

August 9, 2019 - August 12, 2019

1 spots left!

Join us for a unique Summit for Someone experience combining a photography workshop with a hiking adventure through the fantastically scenic Great Balsam Mountains of North Carolina. “Focused on Adventure” is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the classic, breathtaking landscapes of the Pisgah National Forest while developing your skills with a camera to help you capture it all. Days will include both sunrise and sunset photography sessions, mountaintop excursions, and plenty of great food and conversation. Guided by Appalachian Adventure Company.

Key Considerations: digital SLR camera recommended

Fundraising Commitment: $1500

Mt. Whitney – Summer Ascent

August 15, 2019 - August 17, 2019

1 spots left!

At 14,508’, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. During the summer months, the Mountaineer’s Route offers a beautiful trail past pine trees, boulders, granite slabs, high alpine meadows, and lakes. Located on the northeast side of Mt. Whitney, it includes a chute angled at 25-35 degrees that tops out at a notch about 400 feet below the summit. Here, the angle becomes slightly steeper – 40-45 degrees – to the summit. The terrain is over trails and rock with some interspersed 3rd class climbing requiring the use of hands and feet on good-quality granite, but the terrain is not considered technical in nature. This climb also offers a much less crowded way of reaching this very popular summit, and beautiful vistas are prevalent throughout. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, +/- 6000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $2000

2018 Season Recap

Summit for Someone 2018 was a great success, with many amazing climbs, treks, and trail races. Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

Please check out our 2018 SFS SEASON RECAP to see great photos of our 2018 fundraising adventures and get inspired to join us in 2019.

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