Hello, I'm Michael Lanza, an outdoor writer and photographer and creator of the blog The Big Outside. In April, my 15-year-old son, Nate, and I, with a team of five other climbers, will attempt to climb the Mountaineers Route on 14,505-foot Mount Whitney in California's Sequoia National Park, the highest peak in the Lower 48 states and one of the most sought-after summits in North America.
I have climbed numerous U.S. peaks, and Nate and I have rock climbed together for several years, but this will be Nate's biggest climb to date, and we are excited to attempt it together. I will write about our team's adventure at my blog, The Big Outside.
When we arrive there in spring, the Mountaineers Route will be full of snow. Ropes, crampons and an ice axe are mandatory gear. Over the four-day, guided climb, our team will set up two expedition-style camps, with the highest located at the base of the spectacular East Face of Mount Whitney.
You can help us. Nate and I need your support to reach our goal of raising at least $4,000 for Big City Mountaineers, an organization that introduces urban youths to the wilderness--a cause Nate and I both believe in strongly. Please click the Donate button (at right) and support us with as much as you can! Thank you.
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.