Denver, Colo. – Any Mountain, a leading Bay Area retailer focused on outdoor pursuits, has raised almost $11,000 for Big City Mountaineers, a nonprofit whose mission is to “enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences.” The sizable donation is enough to provide a pair of hiking boots and other essential gear to each teen on all of BCM’s 2010 weeklong wilderness expeditions—the teenagers typically have no clothing or equipment appropriate for backpacking.
All donated gear from Any Mountain will find a home. Gear will be used by BCM teens on their week-long expeditions or repurposed to other needy organizations in our communities such as the Interfaith Homeless Network of San Leandro.
“Our friends at Any Mountain understand how life changing the outdoors can be to city kids who've barely left their urban neighborhoods," comments Syd Jones, executive director, Big City Mountaineers. "The partnership and passion of the Any Mountain team, and the generosity of their loyal customers, are going to improve the lives of the inner city teens in our programs."
Big City Mountaineers will guide 50 wilderness expeditions this summer in California, Colorado, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and the Pacific Northwest, providing outdoor experiences for teens from the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Portland, Denver, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and Chicago.
"In the last four years, Any Mountain has directed all of our efforts to support Big City Mountaineers and their effort to get Bay Area and other urban teens outdoors,” said Bruno Gotzmer, regional manager of Any Mountain. “We try to make a positive impact in our community and what better way than helping teens in our own towns experience the great outdoors, a passion of ours? We are proud to be affiliated with such a positive organization."
About Any Mountain
Since 1972, Any Mountain has been outfitting Bay Area enthusiasts with outdoor, skiing, and snowboarding equipment. Any Mountain hires a crew of passionate end users whose expertise is unrivaled. They are a local shop that believes in equipping outdoor enthusiasts for every endeavor – from ordinary to extraordinary epics. www.anymountain.net
About Big City Mountaineers
BCM celebrates its 21st birthday in 2010 and is one of the largest non-profits in the country devoted to working exclusively with under-resourced teens by using the outdoors as a transformational element in their lives. BCM runs its outdoor mentoring program in selected major urban centers throughout the country, with its largest program areas in Chicago, Denver and San Francisco. Learn more at www.bigcitymountaineers.org.