Ed Viesturs Leads Team to Mont Blanc Raising $200k for Big City Mountaineers

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GOLDEN, Colo. (Aug. 4, 2014) —Last month renowned mountaineer, Ed Viesturs teamed up with Big City Mountaineers’ Summit for Someone program to lead a team of 19 climbers on Mont Blanc in Chamonix, France. Together, the climbers raised over $200,000 to help send BCM youth on life-changing expeditions of their own.

The Summit for Someone (SFS) program, championed by Viesturs, exists to raise money to fund week-long wilderness mentoring expeditions for under-resourced kids. Through these trips, BCM kids learn to overcome challenges, set new personal goals, and become stronger, more productive, thriving members of their communities. Each expedition joins five teens and five adult mentors on a backcountry journey that provides youth with a new perspective and helps them develop character, integrity, responsibility, and decision-making skills. When they return home, studies have shown that they are more likely to stay in school and stay away from drugs and violence.

“I believe in giving back more than you take,” says Viesturs. “I am proud to represent Big City Mountaineers’ Summit for Someone program and have the opportunity to use my experience and passion for mountaineering to bring more people to this great cause. It’s inspiring that climbers will challenge themselves to provide young people in-need with the outdoor experience of a lifetime.”

Michael Leming, BCM board member and Chief Talent Scout at Nike, co-hosted the climb and inspired a team of colleagues to participate in the effort. Joining the Nike team were executives from Polartec and Red Wing Shoe Company as well as other BCM board members and supporters. Leming said, “the idea of combining your passion with a group of amazing friends to help the kids at BCM was an amazing experience!”

The vital funding raised through the Mont Blanc effort and other Summit for Someone climbs makes it possible for BCM to deliver transformational wilderness mentoring expeditions to 1,000 underserved urban youth across the country in need of positive adult mentorship. SFS participants travel and climb the world’s premier mountains while positively impacting the lives of urban youth. Climbers choose from ­­­33 separate climbs on 19 classic peaks including the Grand Teton, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. Kilimanjaro or they can create their own challenge. 

In June 2015, Viesturs will continue his support of BCM by leading two climbs of Mt. Hood to benefit BCM kids. To find the climb that is right for you and to help more youth experience BCM’s life-changing programs, please visit summitforsomeone.org/climbs.

About Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers (BCM) instills critical life-skills in over 1,000 under-served young people each year by getting them outdoors with volunteer mentors for life-changing wilderness experiences. BCM’s unique model of 1 to 1 mentoring is proven to develop integrity, responsibility, improve communication skills and decision making abilities in youth from risk-filled environments through a nationally recognized developmental analysis tool. Given the opportunity to develop these skills alongside caring volunteer mentors creates positive lasting change in these youth who become more likely to stay in school and avoid drugs, gangs and violence. To learn more, please visit www.bigcitymountaineers.org.

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