Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Saturday, 1 October 2011
This is post 3 of 3 detailing the two weeks I spent in Wyoming this summer climbing the Grand Teton and Gannett Peak.
The second half of this year’s trip to Wyoming was arguably the most important: the climb of Gannett Peak with Summit For Someone (SFS). SFS is a fundraiser for Big City Mountaineers, which runs wilderness programs for at-risk teens. Getting kids outside is something I believe in, particularly if it can help them build self-reliance and be a positive experience.
Following our climb of the Grand Teton, we took a day to recover and check in with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides (who were guiding the Gannett trip). There we met the guides, did a quick gear inventory, and met the other SFS climbers. All great people, so I knew it’d be a fun trip.
Our trip would start in earnest the next day at the trailhead. Figuring a long drive in the afternoon was preferable to a long drive early in the morning, we turned our back to Jackson Hole and headed southeast to the Wind River Range. The drive was gorgeous with scenery ranging from open plains to tree lined streams to the towering mountains of the Wind River Range.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
A few days ago, I returned from my Summit for Someone climb of Gannett Peak. While on the trip several of us also climbed the Grand Teton. We had success on both mountains, summiting the Grand via the Upper Exum Ridge, and Gannett Peak via the Gooseneck Glacier. I recorded over 20 GB of still images and video clips, and the others on the trip recorded their own stashes of memories. It’ll take a bit of time to organize and upload those, so to whet your appetite, here is a short teaser of the trip!
Saturday, 16 October 2010
I have been climbing in some form or another for almost 8 years now, and I suspect if you look back on my past climbing adventures, you might notice that a significant number of them involve snow and ice. I really enjoy the mountains and the experience of climbing them. The personal challenges are physical and mental, and I relish both. A few years ago, I noticed the Summit for Someone (S4S) project, which raises money for the Big City Mountaineers (BCM). BCM gives at-risk teens an opportunity to spend a week backpacking and learning about themselves. Having spent much time in the mountains while a teenager, I know experiences like these have the potential to change your life in a unique way.
I am excited to announce that I will be raising money through S4S and attempting Gannett Peak. Money donated will go towards the BCM programs helping teens. I would greatly appreciate your support for this project. My minimum pledge is $4500, but I would love to exceed this! For information on how to donate, please see my S4S page. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!
Throughout this project, I will be posting updates here on my blog (under the S4S tag), as well on twitter. My preparation will involve general training and training through climbing. Watch this space for updates and thank you for your support!