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Jon Kochik - Mt. Whitney: SFS Climb 2017

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BENEFITING: Big City Mountaineers

EVENT: Mt. Whitney: SFS Climb 2017

EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2017

Jon Kochik

THE STORY:

Thank you for visiting!!! If you are not yet familiar with Big City Mountaineers, I am honored to introduce them to you.  This charitable organization provides under-resourced youth with a transformative wilderness educational experience.  Kids from inner cities go on five-day camping trips far from home where they must work as a team, take on important responsibilities, and experience personal growth.  So far, over 8,000 kids from Boston, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle have been taken on expeditions throughout Yosemite, the Olympic Wilderness, the Central Rockies, and many more.


BCM is effective because they focus on “People, Partnerships, and Places”. Their people are the caring adult mentors who build relationships with each student. Their partnerships are the youth agencies they engage to recruit the students and the corporate sponsors who help them outfit their expeditions.


My family and I recently learned about Big City Mountaineers and am passionate about spreading the word of this great organization.  To help with that, I have volunteered to climb Mt. Whitney as part of their Summit for Someone program that also allows me to raise funds that go directly to their operations.  Mt. Whitney is of course the highest mountain in the lower 48 states and represents the very tall challenge of helping another 8,000 kids in the coming years.  As a suburban kid, I could access the outdoors regularly, get lost in the woods, and find out what I was made of.  To think that we can help build a bridge for a young person who does not readily have that opportunity is a compelling notion for me – and we hope for you as well.


Our first goal of educating you on Big City Mountaineers has now hopefully been achieved.  Our second goal is to raise over $3,000 by August 30.  If their mission resonates with you, please donate what you can to support this noble cause and know that you are making a significant difference in a young person’s world.



More About BCM

Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-resourced urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. We partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Our curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually.

MT WHITNEY CLIMB

During the summer Mt. Whitney offers a beautiful route past pine trees, boulders, granite slabs, high alpine meadows, and lakes.

The Mountaineer’s Route offers an opportunity for a climb up slopes that range from 25 to 40 degrees.  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.  The first ascent of this route is credited to John Muir in 1873.  In addition to being an excellent climb, it is a good time to test and get comfortable with any new equipment you plan to use on future climbs.


You can also like Big City Mountaineers on Facebook or join our Summit for Someone email list to find out what's going on!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,700

MONEY RAISED
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  • Catherine Miller

     

  • Katherine Milkowski

     

  • Mom and Dad Kochik

     

  • Jean Williams

     

  • Shannon Britt

     

  • The Lopez Family

     

  • Liz & Jon Palmer

     

  • O'Brien Family

     

  • Kathleen Wheeler

     

  • KZ

     

  • Jeanne Gross

     

  • Jim and Carla

     

  • The Goodmans

     

  • Will M.

     

  • The Smiths

     

  • Jenn & Mario Trafficante

     

  • Bre

     

  • Tony & Heather G.

     

  • Scott Thompson

     

  • Jenifer h

     

  • Neal Butcher

     

  • The Pike Family

     

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57% Raised of $3,000 Goal

Donor Comments

The Pike Family

The Pike Family

2 weeks ago

Neal Butcher

Neal Butcher

3 weeks ago

Jenifer h

Jenifer h

Awesome 3 weeks ago

Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson

3 weeks ago

Tony & Heather G.

Tony & Heather G.

You guys rock! All the best Jon!!! 3 weeks ago

Bre

Bre

3 weeks ago

Jenn & Mario Trafficante

Jenn & Mario Trafficante

Very cool! Good luck, Jon! 3 weeks ago

The Smiths

The Smiths

Climb Jonny ... Climb!! Good luck! 3 weeks ago

Will M.

Will M.

Great cause and an awesome climb! Take lots of pics! 4 weeks ago

The Goodmans

The Goodmans

So awesome! Go get em buddy! 4 weeks ago