Summit For Someone

Because selfish climbing is lame

Hey, you—yeah, I'm talking to you, Mr. and Ms. Badass Climber. I know you think you're pretty rad, what with your burly ascents of mountains far and wide. But have you ever thought about climbing for something other than your ego? Climbing for a cause, perhaps?

You have? Good. Because registration opens today for BACKPACKER Magazine's Summit For Someone benefit climb series, which raises cash so inner-city, urban teens get a chance to experience the sick wilderness for themselves through Big City Mountaineers.

While raising funds for the children, you'll get to join a professionally guided team making a summit bid on one of several North American life-list peaks, including Mt. Rainier, the Grand Teton, Mt. Hood, Gannett Peak, Mt. Whitney, Shasta, and even Mexico's Pico de Orizaba.

If changing a kid's life isn't motivation enough for you, keep in mind that all Summit For Someone climbers get a cache of free gear from sponsors like La Sportiva, Camelbak, Mammut, Black Diamond, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, and tons more.

What are you waiting for? I'm already halfway up Shasta, barefoot.

—Ted Alvarez

BACKPACKER's Summit For Someone