Beginning Friday, May 25, 2018...
Senior Guardsmen members Alden Mills, Brett Bush and Chip Pyfer, will embark on a 21-day Denali (aka Mt. McKinley) climbing expedition in Alaska to create awareness for The Guardsmen whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for at-risk Bay Area kids, and raising funds to support The Guardsmen Scholarship Endowment Fund.
We will fly from San Francisco to Anchorage, Alaska, where we will charter a ski-plane to drop us and our gear at 7,200 feet on the Kahiltna glacier. Each of us will be packing 60-70 pounds of gear with an additional 75 pounds towed by sled as we ascend & acclimatize up the West Buttress route to the summit of the tallest peak on the North American continent (20,310 ft.).
Summary of climbing stages....CLICK HERE for 1 minute Google Earth video
* 7,200 feet (Base Camp) - ski plane glacier drop off
* 7,800 feet (Camp #1)
* 11,200 feet (Camp #2)
* 14,200 feet (Camp #3)
* 17,200 feet (Camp #4)
* 20,310 feet (Summit Day)
If Mother Nature permits us to reach Denali's summit we will proudly hoist The Guardsmen's storied green flag, before descending the mountain and returning home to our families, friends and supporters. As one of the Seven Summits of the world, Denali is a seriously intense and challenging endeavor, rich with reward, yet rife with peril.
Be sure to check out our BLOG for frequent updates on our progress.
How did we get here....
Over the past decade we have honed our mountaineering skills while reaching the summit of some of the highest peaks on several continents. Many of our summit days can be viewed in the pictures scrolling above, and among the three of us include the following:
2017 - Mount Rainier (Emmons Glacier route): 14,411 ft.
2016 - Mount Elbrus (Russia): 18,510 ft.
2015 - Mount Rainier (Camp Muir route): 14,411 ft.
2014 - Mount Hood: 11,250 ft.
2013 - Grand Teton: 13,775 ft.
2010 - Mount Shasta: 14,180 ft.
2009 - Mount Whitney: 14,505 ft.
2007 - Kilimanjaro (Tanzania): 19,341 ft.
We feel strongly in the opportunities the Guardsmen Scholarship program (https://guardsmen.org/programs/scholarship-program/) provides at-risk youth. During our tenure (2001-2009) in the group we were active in leadership roles and annual fundraising. With over 250 scholarships provided annually the program has made a significant contribution to the San Francisco community.
The camaraderie and lifelong friendships we’ve strengthened through climbing together is in large part due to meeting one another as Guardsmen in 2001. As we attempt one of the hardest challenges of our lives we want to enhance this experience by giving back to the group that introduced us. While we aren’t asking anyone to climb Denali, we are asking you to consider supporting the Guardsmen Scholarship Endowment. No amount is too small and any donation is very much appreciated!
We will provide photos and updates via satellite communication.
All proceeds support The Guardsmen Scholarship Endowment.
About The Cause....
The Guardsmen is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1947 whose members raise money every year to fund nearly 14,000 days of summer camp and over 250 private school vouchers for disadvantaged Bay Area youth.
The summer camp programs help build character and leadership skills for the youth they serve. The school vouchers enable parents to send their kids to private schools that give the students intense support and quality education they need.
The Scholarship Endowment ensures Scholarship funding for future generations