Big City Mountaineers wrote -
As part of Summit for Someone, in March 2016 I will be attempting a winter climbing expedition of two of North America's most sought after peaks, Mount Whitney and Mount Russell, to help benefit the at-risk teens Big City Mountaineers serves. With your help and my summit attempts, BCM will reach over 2,000 at-risk teens nationwide.
I have been climbing for several years now, and loved the idea of pushing myself with more to gain than just personal achievement. I have already stood atop Whitney, and when I decided to do it again, I wanted the experience to be different and more meaningful than the last time. I decided what better way than climb the mountain for someone else. A winter expedition to Whitney and Russell will be an incredible challenge, and whether I summit or not, my efforts will raise money for charity and help countless teens. Will it matter to me if I summit? Of course. But it will matter to them more.
I have extensive hiking/backpacking/climbing experience prior to this trip. I have climbed six of California's 14ers, including Mount Shasta, Mount Williamson, and Mount Tyndall - all via class 3 routes - and recently forayed into Colorado and Utah for more snow experience. I have trained for snow and glacier travel with Sierra Mountaineering Inc., the outfit who will be guiding this expedition. They are a solid outfit and have invested heavily in the Summit for Someone program. In fact, a previous climber with them turned me on to this program. Every single dime raised for this climb goes directly to the Big City Mountaineers program, especially if I go over my fundraising goal. So, please consider making a difference along with me, and thank you for your tax-deductible donation on my behalf!
On December 20, 2015, my mother passed away after a lenghty battle with cancer. This trip has taken an added importance to me, as - with her husband's blessing - I will be carrying a lock of her hair to bury somewhere on Mount Russell. My mother was important in planting the seed of a love for the great outdoors during my early years, and I am proud and blessed to be able to honor her this way.