Ed Viesturs Signs on as Honorary Chairman of 2007 Summit for Someone

Golden, CO, April 25, 2006 — Ed Viesturs, America’s premier high-altitude mountaineer, has signed on to be the Honorary Chairperson of Backpacker Magazine’s 2007 Summit for Someone benefit climbs.
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Ed Viesturs Signs on as Honorary Chairperson of Backpacker Magazine's 2007 Summit for Someone Benefit Climbs Supporting Big City Mountaineers

Golden, CO, April 25, 2006 — Ed Viesturs, America's premier high-altitude mountaineer, has signed on to be the Honorary Chairperson of Backpacker Magazine's 2007 Summit for Someone benefit climbs. These climbs, created and owned by the recreational non-profit, Big City Mountaineers, have in only three years become the premier charity-based mountaineering events in North America.

“Ed has a long and generous history helping raise money and promote our organization,” comments Mark Godley, Executive Director of BCM. “As our Summit for Someone program has emerged as the leading benefit climb program in the country, it is a perfect fit to have Ed involved with it. Not many can thrive above 8000 meters as does Ed, but most can have an extraordinary experience at altitude in the Summit for Someone program. Ed's continued support of our organization is remarkable.”

As the Honorary Chairperson, Ed will be promoting participation in BCM's programs. “BCM is doing great work helping change the lives of at-risk teens through its recreational mentoring program,” comments Ed. “With fundraising climbs on all marquee peaks across North American, the Summit for Someone program is a great way for me to continue my support of BCM.”

To learn more about BCM's Summit for Someone benefit climb program, please go to www.summitforsomeone.org or contact BCM's Cause Marketing Manager, Andrea Nance, at 303-271-9200, ext. 3 or andrea@bigcitymountaineers.org.

About Big City Mountaineers
Big City Mountaineers, Inc. is a 501c(3) tax exempt corporation based in Golden, CO, with the mission of providing urban teenage youth in need of positive adult mentoring with challenging and safe wilderness experiences led by qualified adult volunteer guides. BCM is the largest non-profit in the country devoted to working exclusively with at-risk teens using the outdoors as a transformational element in their lives. Learn more at www.bigcitymountaineers.org.

For more information on Big City Mountaineers please contact Mark Godley, Executive Director at 510-909-2830, mark@bigcitymountaineers.org, or go to www.bigcitymountaineers.org.

About Ed Viesturs
Ed Viesturs is America's leading high altitude mountaineer, having climbed many of the world's most challenging summits, including ascending Mount Everest six times. On May 12th, 2005, Ed completed his 16-year person quest of Endeavor 8000, to climb all fourteen 8000-meters peaks. Ed became the first person from the United States and only fifth in the world to accomplish this extraordinary goal without supplemental oxygen. Learn more about Ed at www.edviesturs.com.

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