I've signed up to climb Mt. Whitney with adventure blogger and creator of The Big Outside, Michael Lanza to support an awesome organization called Big City Mountaineers. Big City Mountaineers is dedicated to getting city kids out into the wilderness to learn confidence and outdoors skills.
At 14,497 feet, Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 United States. In April the Mountaineers Route that we'll be doing is in full winter conditions requiring ice axe and crampons and should take a couple of days to complete. Mostly though, I will need to be in great shape to keep climbing up to the highest elevation I have ever been.
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.