Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Climbers to Benefit At-Risk Teens By Summiting Mt. Hood and Other U.S. Peaks

Backpacker Magazine is hosting their "Summit for Someone" benefit climbs to support at-risk teens of the non-profit organization, Big City Mountaineers (BCM). Climbers are given the opportunity to raise funds and the choice to participate in a guided climb to the summit of one of 14 North American peaks, including Oregon's Mt. Hood. Sponsors will be donating $2800 in mountaineering gear to participants meeting the donation requirements.

Each participant in the guided climbs are pledging to raise at least $3500 to donate to BCM, which is the qualifying factor in receiving the gear package, which includes an ice axe, boots, technical apparel, a backcountry stove, hybrid footwear, a pack, sleeping bag and pad, tent, trekking poles, headlamp, sunglasses, climbing harness, and helmet.

The summit climbs are covered in 47 events, climbing 5 million vertical feet on 14 peaks. Each of the climbs represent different challenges, and led by two to six highly trained guides. The events begin in March, with Oregon's Mt. Hood events falling in June and July. Applications were being accepted as early as October 2006, and the number of participants for some events are already full. This is a great opportunity to participate in helping to benefit troubled youth nationwide. To read more about the children and organizations that will benefit, visit the "Who Benefits" page. You can also donate directly by clicking on individual participants, without taking on the strenuous adventures of mountain climing!

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