Mountain Gear Joins Summit for Someone as a Presenting Sponsor

Mountain Gear joins Backpacker Magazine's Summit For Someone™ benefit climb program as a Presenting Sponsor.

(Spokane, Wash.) – Mountain Gear joins Backpacker Magazine's Summit For Someone™ benefit climb program as a Presenting Sponsor. Mountain Gear will assume the gear portion of Summit for Someone, inventorying, housing and shipping all the climber gear. Climbers will be allotted a gift certificate and a gear list to obtain the gear they need for their particular climb from Mountain Gear's website.

“Mountain Gear is excited to team up with Big City Mountaineers to promote participation in outdoor activities through the Summit For Someone™ program," said Paul Fish, president of Mountain Gear. "The program supports BCM's outstanding outings for under-resourced urban youth. This partnership has great synergy with both partners' goals of creating new participants in outdoor activities. It is especially powerful as it targets both adults and youth."

Mark Godley, Executive Director of Big City Mountaineers and Founder of Backpacker Magazine's Summit for Someone™ comments, “With Mountain Gear joining Backpacker Magazine as the major sponsors of this program, Summit for Someone™ is in position to remain the leading mountaineering-based fundraising program in the country. Adding Mountain Gear is going to contribute significant value to our participants. We are very excited by Paul's continued leadership and generosity in the outdoor industry.”

Summit for Someoneâ„¢ is a fundraising program owned by and to benefit Big City Mountaineers. In its fifth year and continuing to see record success, Summit for Someone is the No. 1 mountaineering fundraiser in the country. Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a recreational mentoring program for at-risk teens. The mission of BCM is to enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences.

Mountain Gear is a leading multi-channel outdoor sports retailer headquartered in Spokane Valley, Wash. The company has a strong sustainability ethic in keeping with the nature of the goods it sells and an interest in protecting the environment. Learn more at

Unlike other outdoor programs that focus on recreation or education, BCM's program uses its innovative format for traditional youth development goals. The setting of their program, which is inspirational in and of itself, is compounded by the significant interaction with adult volunteers that results from our 5-to-5 ratio of adults to youth for each outdoor outing.

Their teen participants are drawn from pre-existing youth development organizations in many urban centers throughout the country. These agencies recognize the benefit that a program like BCM brings to their youth and have incorporated BCM programming into their offerings as a means of reinforcing each of their respective organization's goals. BCM currently runs programming in four hubs: Colorado, The SF Bay Area, The Boundary Waters, and the Pacific Northwest.

Backpacker's Magazine's Summit for Someone event series is a fund-raising program to benefit the at-risk teen participants of Big City Mountaineers. Each participant of this fund-raising program has committed to raise at least $2,700 in tax-deductible donations for our organization. For general and financial information about Summit for Someone and Big City Mountaineers, visit the website at, call 303-271-9200 or mail to 1667 Vine Street, Denver, CO 80206.