I'm a Brown Girl attempting a thruhike of the 486-mile Colorado Trail this season, and I've decided to use that privilege to support an organization helping others experience the challenge, the escape, and the solace there is to be found in exploring the great outdoors.
Big City Mountaineers is an organization devoted to mentoring under-served urban youth in the outdoors. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, BCM offers over 1,000 teens per year the opportunity to participate in single day, overnight, and week-long expeditions in the backcountry with volunteer mentors to foster new connections with themselves, with their peers, and with the environment. As urban youth are preponderantly youth of color, I thought it appropriate that a hiker encouraging folks of all colors to get outside support an organization with a similar cause.
Just a $5 donation supports a teen's full day in the backcountry - and donations of $25 or more will receive a postcard from the trail!
To follow along with the hike, visit http://www.browngirlonthepct.com.
UPDATE: With your help, we met the initial $500 goal! Think we can make it to $750? Let's get some folks outside!