July 02, 2017
Olympic National Park is a vast area of exceptional beauty and varied ecosystems covering more than 900,000 acres of land. It was named a World Heritage Site in 1981. The Park, bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, is home to the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the lower 48 States. Rising from this coastline is an old growth rain forest system surrounding isolated snow clad peaks. In the very midst of this, remote to all except those willing to make the journey, lies Mt. Olympus, one of the great isolated peaks in the Pacific Northwest. The mountain rises almost 8,000 vertical feet from the ocean, 30 miles distant. To climb Mt. Olympus is to fully experience one of the greatest National Parks in the U.S., unique in its biodiversity spanning terrain from ocean coastline to alpine summit. Our small team of 8 climbers led by 4 IMG guides will utilize lightweight gear and Leave No Trace training to travel through the Park with minimal impact. The climb will take two days to hike in 17 ½ miles to high camp. The summit attempt occurs on day three and the final two days are reserved for hiking back out again in an unforgettable five-day round trip journey.
How does it work?
My goal is to raise at least $4,000 through this climb. Only the guide fee comes out of this amount, and the rest goes entirely to fund BCM's youth mentoring programs across the country. Any amount you can donate is appreciated. Just click on the donate button to get started!
Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-resourced urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. They partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Their curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually.