Perhaps this past weekend you were standing at a Memorial Day parade or service and thinking to yourself that you wanted to do more. If you are a veteran or service member like me, who suffers from,time to time, an acute guilt that I did not, could not ever do enough to honor my friends and colleagues who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we offer up an opportunity for you to continue to honor those who sacrificed and to get your local community involved. You may think it may never be enough, but every little thing counts.
Sierra Club's Mission Outdoors have partnered this year with Big City Mountaineers (BCM) on two very exciting programs. One program is training veterans and service members on basic mountaineering skills and then partnering him or her up with a young man or woman so they can mentor one another on a mountaineering expedition.
The second, is by taking BCM’s signature program, Summit for Someone, and tilting it to create a climbing team of all veterans and service members who will make a summit attempt on Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades of Washington State on 9/11/12. While the climb itself has been underwritten, each participating veteran is required to fund raise $1,500.00 that will be put back into the first program. If you are a veteran, you can apply for the climb and get to work fund raising the $1,500 for kids here. Seven spots remain on this trip.
If you are interested in supporting the climbers through donations, you can check back on the Climbers' Page (you can just look for the Veteran's Climb) as climbers sign up and show your support through donating to the program in the name of a specific climber. But first—climbers, we need you to sign up!
We’ll see you on the trail!
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