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Summit for Someone

ACCESS TO AWE, access for all

A love of adventure. A passion for the outdoors. A desire to give back.

Big City Mountaineers’ SUMMIT FOR SOMEONE program lets you challenge yourself and give opportunities for youth to grow. When you join one of our adventure teams, you make a clear, positive impact on the youth that BCM serves each year.

Each adventure is run by our professional guide partners to ensure you have a great experience. All trip itineraries are designed for entry-level technical skills, and require varying degrees of physical fitness.

Get involved and provide access to the transformative power of AWE FOR ALL. More info available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

summit for someone 2020

Thanks for your interest in getting involved with Big City Mountaineers’ adventure fundraising program! Please check out our offerings below and click on “Learn More” to get in touch and register. Registration for all 2020 trips is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want to get involved but don’t see a trip that is a match for you? Consider joining one of our Ragnar trail relay teams, or creating your own custom fundraising adventure!

Appalachian Mountains Photography

June 5, 2020 - June 8, 2020


Join us for a unique Summit for Someone experience combining a photography workshop with a hiking adventure through the 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

Total Spaces on Team: 8


Mt. Hood

June 11, 2020 - June 12, 2020


Standing at 11,240’ above the mighty Columbia River, Mt. Hood offers something for everyone from the aspiring alpinist to the experienced mountaineer. An ascent of Mt. Hood via the Southside Route is an entry-level technical climb requiring the use of ice axe and crampons over glaciated terrain. This program is geared for folks with little to no previous mountaineering experience, although a high degree of physical fitness is necessary. With a Steep Snow Climbing Course included on the first day, you’ll be ready for your summit attempt on day 2. Guided by Timberline Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: high altitude, cold temperatures, snow and ice travel, +/- 3500′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Presidential Range Traverse

June 26, 2020 - June 28, 2020


This classic hut-to-hut backpacking trip, timed for beautiful weather, will have you scheming about your next trip in the northeastern corner of the country. 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 rugged trek is also an opportunity to spend two nights in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s historic hut system. A summer Presidential Range Traverse is also a spectacular way to see the wild White Mountain National Forest from above. Guided by Ragged Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: rocky/rough terrain, long hiking days, +/- 2000-3000′ elevation each day

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Grand Teton

July 12, 2020 - July 15, 2020


The centerpiece of the jagged Teton skyline, the aptly named Grand Teton is a classic mountaineering challenge suitable for first-time mountaineers. With the summit at 13,775 feet, ascending the Grand requires a climb of 14 round-trip miles, 14,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, technical 5th class climbing, and plenty of scrambling. It’s also in the heart of gorgeous Grand Teton National Park, where you’ll experience flower-filled meadows, possible bear sightings, and fast-moving weather. You’ll ascend to Corbet’s Base Camp on your way to the summit on this three-night trip. Guided by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, possible snow or ice on route, cold temperatures, +/- 7000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $3500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Mt. Rainier

July 20, 2020 - July 23, 2020


This iconic peak lives up to its reputation as one of the pinnacles of mountaineering achievement. Standing 14,411 feet high, Rainier is the 2nd highest mountain in the lower 48, the tallest peak in Washington, and a bucket list peak for many mountaineers. This climb is a four-day summit attempt of Mount Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

We are awaiting news of the specific dates for our permit to climb Mt. Rainier. We anticipate sometime in mid- to late July and will know by early November 2019. Thank you for your patience!

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

Fundraising Commitment: $3500

Total Spaces on Team: 9


Longs Peak

August 21, 2020 - August 23, 2020


Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado’s best-known Fourteeners. At 14, 259 feet above sea level, the summit provides 360° views of surrounding wilderness. This climb takes the historic Cable Route over 7 miles from the trailhead to the summit, crossing through The Boulderfield at 12,500 feet. It involves a few short-but-technical climbs 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, unpredictable summer weather

Fundraising Commitment: $2000

Total Spaces on Team: 9


Mt. Whitney

September 17, 2020 - September 19, 2020


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, where the angle becomes slightly steeper – 40-45 degrees – the rest of the way to the summit. The terrain is trails and good-quality granite with some 3rd class climbing (requiring the use of hands and feet), but the terrain is not considered technical in nature. The Mountaineer’s Route also sees fewer climbers and more beautiful vistas. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

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

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


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