Hello, and thank you for your help in reaching my goal! As part of Summit for Someone, I will be climbing three of the highest peaks in the continental United States; Mount Whitney, Mount Russell, and Mount Muir, to help benefit the at-risk teens Big City Mountaineers serves. With your help and my summit attempt, BCM will reach many at-risk teens nationwide this coming year. Thank you for donating on my behalf!
This climb combines two of my greatest passions in life; outdoor education for kids, and climbing mountains. I have either worked or volunteered at summer camps for more than fifteen years. During those fifteen years, I have led groups on whitewater boating, caving and rock climbing, hang gliding, hiking, and survival trips. I have taught paddling, first aid, and survival to thousands of youth, ranging all the way from first graders to high school seniors. I have seen kids with a fear of heights fall in love with zip line courses, or inner city youth discover a passion for hiking and canoeing. I know firsthand how life-changing and exciting an outdoor education experience can be for a child. The more a person travels and experiences life outside of their comfort zone, the greater the chance that they will then look for ways to move beyond that environment.
Every cent that I raise on this journey funds an opportunity for a child or teen to participate in an outdoor education program, thereby enabling them to see and experience the world beyond their front door.
The mountains first drew me in while I was completing my undergraduate degree at Radford University in rural southwestern Virginia. I love challenging myself, and have done so over and over again, first in becoming a United States Marine, and then going on to earn two degrees and become a Marine officer. I choose to climb mountains because of the challenge and the goal of reaching the summit. Every step upward brings me closer to the goal. Standing on a summit is one of the most spiritual and fulfilling moments in life for me. I also immensely enjoy being out in nature. I love and admire the beauty of our world; its wildlife, plant life, and elements. Climbing these three mountains will be my most exciting challenge yet, particularly since Mount Whitney is the highest peak in the continental U. S. at 14,505 feet above sea level.
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.