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Summit for Someone

outdoor access for all

Now, more than ever, we recognize the importance of access to the great outdoors.

Time outdoors is hugely beneficial to every person. But not everyone has the resources to make it happen. When you join a Summit for Someone team, you’ll channel your personal passion for the outdoors in a tangible way, helping to provide similar experiences for students from disinvested communities.

Each adventure is run by BCM’s professional guide partners to ensure you have a great experience. All trip itineraries are designed for entry-level technical skills, and require varying degrees of physical fitness. All fundraising efforts ensure that BCM can continue to offer high-quality outdoor access programs for youth.

We look forward to hearing from you if this sounds like a fit. Please get in touch with any questions!

summit for someone 2021

Thanks for your interest in Big City Mountaineers’ adventure fundraising program! Our trip offerings in 2021 will be virtually the same as they were in 2020, due to many cancellations related to COVID-19. We look forward to running safe, healthy trips this year and will be working closely with our guide partners to ensure we are adhering to important COVID-19 guidelines. All spaces are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Want to get involved but don’t see a trip that is a match for you? Consider creating your own custom campaign through our Adventure for Someone program!

Mt. Whitney – Early Summer

June 10, 2021 - June 12, 2021

2 spots left


At 14,508’, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. During the summer months, the Mountaineer’s Route offers a beautiful trail past pine trees, boulders, granite slabs, high alpine meadows, and lakes. Located on the northeast side of Mt. Whitney, it includes a chute angled at 25-35 degrees that tops out at a notch about 400 feet below the summit, where the angle becomes slightly steeper – 40-45 degrees – the rest of the way to the summit. The terrain is trails and good-quality granite with some 3rd class climbing (requiring the use of hands and feet), but the terrain is not considered technical in nature. The Mountaineer’s Route also sees fewer climbers and more beautiful vistas. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

Key Considerations: high altitude, winter weather conditions, possible travel over some snow and ice, +/- 6000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Mt. Hood

June 10, 2021 - June 11, 2021

This trip is full!


Standing at 11,240’ above the mighty Columbia River, Mt. Hood offers something for everyone from the aspiring alpinist to the experienced mountaineer. An ascent of Mt. Hood via the Southside Route is an entry-level technical climb requiring the use of ice axe and crampons over glaciated terrain. This program is geared for folks with little to no previous mountaineering experience, although a high degree of physical fitness is necessary. With a Steep Snow Climbing Course included on the first day, you’ll be ready for your summit attempt on day 2. Guided by Timberline Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: high altitude, cold temperatures, snow and ice travel, +/- 3500′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 8


Presidential Range Traverse

June 18, 2021 - June 20, 2021

This trip is full!


This classic hut-to-hut backpacking trip, timed for beautiful weather, will have you scheming about your next trip in the northeastern corner of the country. The three-day, 20-mile ridge climb includes summits of Mounts Madison, Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Monroe, Franklin, and Eisenhower – and it’s nearly all above treeline. This rugged trek is also an opportunity to spend two nights in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s historic hut system. A summer Presidential Range Traverse is also a spectacular way to see the wild White Mountain National Forest from above. Guided by Ragged Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: rocky/rough terrain, long hiking days, +/- 2000-3000′ elevation each day

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 8


Grand Teton

July 11, 2021 - July 14, 2021

3 spots left


The centerpiece of the jagged Teton skyline, the aptly named Grand Teton is a classic mountaineering challenge suitable for first-time mountaineers. With the summit at 13,775 feet, ascending the Grand requires a climb of 14 round-trip miles, 14,000 feet of elevation gain and loss, technical 5th class climbing, and plenty of scrambling. It’s also in the heart of gorgeous Grand Teton National Park, where you’ll experience flower-filled meadows, possible bear sightings, and fast-moving weather. You’ll ascend to Corbet’s Base Camp on your way to the summit on this three-night trip. Guided by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, possible snow or ice on route, cold temperatures, +/- 7000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $3500

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Mt. Rainier

July 27, 2021 - July 30, 2021

This trip is full!


This iconic peak lives up to its reputation as one of the pinnacles of mountaineering achievement. Standing 14,411 feet high, Rainier is the 2nd highest mountain in the lower 48, the tallest peak in Washington, and a bucket list peak for many mountaineers. This climb is a four-day summit attempt of Mount Rainier via the Disappointment Cleaver. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

Key Considerations: high altitude, cold temperatures, snow and ice travel, +/- 10,000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $3500

Total Spaces on Team: 9


Longs Peak

August 20, 2021 - August 22, 2021

3 spots left


Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park is one of Colorado’s best-known Fourteeners. At 14, 259 feet above sea level, the summit provides 360° views of surrounding wilderness. This climb takes the historic Cable Route over 7 miles from the trailhead to the summit, crossing through The Boulderfield at 12,500 feet. It involves a few short-but-technical climbs and a few hundred feet of Class 3 rock scrambling. Guided by Colorado Mountain School.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, +/- 5000′ elevation gain, unpredictable summer weather

Fundraising Commitment: $2000

Total Spaces on Team: 6


Mt. Whitney – Late Summer

September 16, 2021 - September 18, 2021

1 spot left


At 14,508’, Mt. Whitney is the highest peak in the lower 48 states. During the summer months, the Mountaineer’s Route offers a beautiful trail past pine trees, boulders, granite slabs, high alpine meadows, and lakes. Located on the northeast side of Mt. Whitney, it includes a chute angled at 25-35 degrees that tops out at a notch about 400 feet below the summit, where the angle becomes slightly steeper – 40-45 degrees – the rest of the way to the summit. The terrain is trails and good-quality granite with some 3rd class climbing (requiring the use of hands and feet), but the terrain is not considered technical in nature. The Mountaineer’s Route also sees fewer climbers and more beautiful vistas. Guided by Sierra Mountaineering International.

Key Considerations: high altitude, some technical rock climbing, +/- 6000′ elevation

Fundraising Commitment: $2500

Total Spaces on Team: 6-9


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