Women’s outdoor non-profit, SheJumps.org, is partnering with national non-profit Big City Mountaineers to summit Mt. Shasta and raise funds for under-resourced youth along the way. On June 8-10, ten women from the Portland chapter of SheJumps will attempt to summit Mt. Shasta, a 14,179-foot peak in northern California, and the second tallest in the Cascade range. Prior to the climb, all members of the Portland SheJumps group will come together to fundraise upwards to $25,000; all of which directly benefits the 300+ youth that Big City Mountaineers serves through wilderness learning programs.
Finally something going on in Portland other than a bunch of unemployed college know-it-all-hippies sitting around complaining about “how it should be man.” Way to go ladies!!!
The “jumpers” will climb Mt. Shasta via the West Face, a scenic yet unpopular route. The climb will take them from a trailhead elevation of 7,000 feet to a summit of 14,179 feet in two days. “As in life, the climb will be both challenging and rewarding – one step at a time. The rewards will come not only from our time on the mountain, but also from our contributions to others,” says Laura Grieser, Portland Regional Director. “Both are peak experiences and something that our women are really looking forward to for personal growth and to help those who are less fortunate.”
The money raised by SheJumps PDX prior to their Shasta climb will directly benefit under-resourced Portland youth, as they take their own backcountry expeditions in the Olympic and Gifford Pinchot National Forests. To help the team make their goal, you can donate here: http://summitforsomeone.org/main.php?page=4&climber=8376
Professional skiers Lynsey Dyer and Vanessa Pierce launched SheJumps in 2007 in Salt Lake City, UT. Under the guidance of executive director Claire Smallwood, SheJumps now has chapters in Colorado, Wyoming, California, and Portland, with plans to expand. The Portland chapter has been well received by the community, growing to 70 members in just one year. The mission of SheJumps, “to increase female participation in outdoor activities by building upon a supportive community that inspires its members to reach their highest potential” blends seamlessly with that of Big City Mountaineers. For more information on how to get involved and attend fundraising events, please contact Laura Grieser at 503.939.8798 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Big City Moutaineers
Founded in 1989, Big City Mountaineers is a non-profit organization that instills critical life skills in underserved urban youth through transformative wilderness mentoring expeditions. BCM partners with a vibrant network of youth agencies and supportive adult mentors to provide youth the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges of the wilderness. Young people return home inspired to choose a brighter future—a future that embraces education, purpose and self-worth while rejecting delinquency, violence and drugs. For more information on Big City Mountaineers and their Summit for Someone programs, please visit: http://www.bigcitymountaineers.org or http://www.summitforsomeone.org.