Sierra Summer Challenge "Sierra Peak Challenge"

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Sierra Summer Challenge "Sierra Peak Challenge"

The Sierra Nevada Alliance presents the Sierra Summer Challenge. Join us in a fun challenge to make the most of your summer! Participants register for a friendly competition to summit the most Sierra peaks, all while documenting their adventures and raising donations and awareness for the important work that the Alliance does to protect and restore this amazing region. As an added bonus, the winner from each challenge will win some awesome backcountry gear!

Participants can sign up to compete in the Sierra Summit Challenge.  Between June 22nd and September 7th participants will compete In three areas.

Participants of the Sierra Summit Challenge will compete to summit the most Sierra peaks, while participants of the Alpine Lake Challenge will participate to swim in the most Sierra alpine lakes.

Participants of the challenge will compete to raise donations for the Sierra Nevada Alliance.

Participants of both challenges will compete for the best photo of their adventures. Post pictures on social media and tag the Sierra Nevada Alliance to help raise awareness.

The winner for each challenge will be announced on September 10th!

The challenge is meant to inspire people to get out and explore their own backyard this summer while also raising money and awareness for the Sierra Nevada Alliance’s work to protect and restore the natural places that we love.

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Guidlines and Rules

Register for the Sierra Summer Challenge "Sierra Peak Challenge".  Registration costs $15.  During registation you will create your fundraising page. 

After you register your will receive an email invitation to set up your donation page. The Alliance has on overall goal of raising $5,000 for each challenge.  We recommend that each participants sets a goal of roughly $250. Once your page is set up, share it on social media and  invite your friends and family to sponsor your challenge by donating to your GoFundMe team page.

All registrants will receive a 2020 Sierra Summer Challenge sticker!

Begin your adventure:
It is time to get out summit the most Sierra peaks.

Take pictures of each Sierra peak summited.

Share your adventures:
When you return home, share the pictures of yourself on the Sierra peaks facebook and or Instagram.  Make sure to tag the Alliance and use the hashtags #SierraSummerChallenge and #SierraNevadaAlliance. In your post description include the name of the peak and the peak location.

Get sponsors:
Raise money on your GoFundMe page for the Sierra Nevada Alliance and support our work to protect and restore the Sierra .

Win backcountry gear:
The adventure will come to an end on Monday September 7th at 11:59 pm. In the end there will be a winner of the Sierra Peak Summit Challenge.  The winner will be chosen based on three categories: most peaks bagged, most sponsorship raised, and best photos.

For participants of the Sierra Peak Challenge participants will document and post pictures of themselves on top of Alpine peaks. For the purpose of this competition Alpine Lakes are classified as lakes or reservoirs at high altitudes, usually, starting at  5,000 feet elevation. Please note the name of the peak in your social post and make sure to be honest.

How it works:

Points will be awarded to the first second and third candidates in each category.  The participant with the most total points in each challenge will win some amazing backcountry gear. 

Visit the Alliance website to view the rubric.


1. Participants can only count Sierra Peaks that fall within the boundaries of the Sierra, as recognized by the Sierra Nevada Alliance. To view the boundaries click here.

2. In order for the Sierra peaks to count towards the total number of peaks climbed you must post a picture of yourself completing the task on Facebook and, or Instagram with the Alliance tagged and the hashtags #SierraSummerChallenge, and  #SierraNevadaAlliance. If you do not have social Media, but you would like to participate in the challenge you can email your pictures with captions to Sara at and she will post them for you.

3.  The challenge ends on 9/7/20 at 11:59 pm.  Any donations made after this time or pictures posted will not be counted towards the total.

4.  The winners of the two challenges, The Alpine Lakes Challenge and the Sierra Summit Challenge will be announced by 9/10/20.

5.  All photos posted on social media for the challenges will be considered in the photo judging.  Alliance staff will choose the first, second and third place photos in the Sierra Peak Challenge.  It is possible for one of your photos to win first place and one of your photos to win second place, in which case you would be awarded a total of 5 points in the photo category.

6.  For participants of the peak summit challenge participants will document and post pictures of themselves at Sierra Peaks.  For the purpose of this competition a peak is the pointed top of a mountain at 5,221 feet elevation or higher. You may get there any way that you like (car, hike, bike, etc.). Please write the name of the peak in your social post and make sure to be honest.

7.  Respect any and all public land closures/restrictions, access permit requirements or other rules and regulations on public and private lands.  Make sure you have proper permission before accessing  any private land. Breaking this rule will result in the participant being disqualified.

8. Be respectful of sensitive environments around alpine lakes or peaks.

9.  All social media post descriptions must include (locations/peak/lake names).


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