Backpacker Magazine’s Summit for Someone Benefit Climbs


Participate in a once-in-a-lifetime guided climb of your choice up one of 24 classic North American peaks. Join Backpacker Magazine’s annual “Summit for Someone” charity fundraiser to benefit the at-risk youth of Big City Mountaineers.

Some of the country’s top accredited guides are ready to challenge your skill level on one of three types of exciting ascents. Just for participating, you could also take home a mountain of free gear as a thank-you from our sponsors. Don’t miss this awesome world-class event. The only thing more uplifting than a view at the summit is knowing you’ve helped teens who need it most.

Backpacker Magazine’s Summit for Someone

What summits can be climbed?

Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta, Gannet Peak, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Moran and Mt. Hood are just a few of the 24 most sought after peaks in North America that beckon you to take the Summit for Someone challenge. They will test your mettle, expose your limits, and expand your boundaries. Anything life throws at you afterwards will seem feeble in comparison.

Summit for Someone will let you visit the most amazing natural environments on our planet, touch places where few have been and experience things most can only dream of. The diamond glint of sunrise at the top of the world, crystal clear alpine lakes, sheer canyon walls and the trickle of a hidden waterfall are just a few of the things you could be lucky enough to see!

Whether you want to climb demanding alpine routes, try your first ascent on a rope harness or just enjoy the camaraderie of friends on a non-technical ascent, “Summit for Someone” is your chance to show yourself and others what you’re made of. Participating, however, will take complete commitment of the mind, body and spirit.

How do I participate?

It starts with the spirit of giving. To join this world-class event, you’ll need to make a monetary pledge to Big City Mountaineers, the country’s leading non-profit volunteer organization in providing wilderness mentoring programs for underprivileged urban youth.

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About Author

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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