Worthy Causes

The Winners Are Announced!

First we would to thank all of friends and family for donating to support Big City Mountaineers and our Summit for Someone Climb, for each $100 donated your name was entered into the hat at least once and twice if you had donated during the bonus week! We also want to give a big shout out to everyone who donated the AWESOME prizes! Now for the winners!

  • Jane A = olloclip, the complete lens solution for your iPhone 4 or 5. Fisheye, wide angle and macro all in one lens. www.olloclip.com
  • Payson T. = Local Los Angeles designer Teresa Rae is donating some of her amazing BOERA jewelry.
  • Jacq L. = Diet For Health is offering a 6-week weight loss program valued at over $500! (LA area only)
  • Lisa & Pete L. = Pet Sitting (LA area only)
  • Trisha S = Haircut with Maureen Blache at Loraine’s Color Bar in Santa Monica (LA area only)
  • Linda C. = One of a kind ceramic art piece by artist Pam Kisor

We will be in touch with all the winners about getting you your goodies!!!!

Hurry! Only a Few Weeks Left for the Chance to WIN While Supporting an Awesome Cause.

What You Should Do! Donate $100 to Big City Mountaineers (BCM) through our Summit For Someone climb with Backpacker Magazine before January 31st and automatically be entered to win great prizes! Click here to donate, http://www.summitforsomeone.org/donate?page=4&climber=8475.

How it Works.

For every $100 you donate to our climb you will name will be thrown in the hat to win some awesome prizes! Already made a donation and didn’t realize that $100 could enter you to get cool prizes? No problem! Donate the additional amount to get to $100 and it will still count. Want to increase you chances to win? Donate $200, $300, or a billion dollars…. totally up to you.

Why Support BCM?

Your donation makes it possible for urban youth to get outdoors and experience the wonder, beauty and challenges of nature. Can you imagine never having seen stars? Some of these kids literally have never experienced nature. Your donation will ensure that someone gets to have this kind of once in a lifetime experience.

What Can You Win?

Companies such as The North Face, The Coleman Company, Diet For Health and others have generously donated great prizes!!! We are super thankful to them all. Here are some of the amazing things you can win!

  • olloclip, the complete lens solution for your iPhone 4 or 5. Fisheye, wide angle and macro all in one lens. www.olloclip.com
  • Local Los Angeles designer Teresa Rae is donating some of her amazing BOERA jewelry.
  • Diet For Health is offering a 6-week weight loss program valued at over $500! (LA area only)
  • Pet Sitting (LA area only)
  • Haircut with Maureen Blache at Loraine’s Color Bar in Santa Monica (LA area only)
  • One of a kind ceramic art piece by artist Pam Kisor[gallery ids="163,166,165,162,169,167,168,164,160"]

Great Deals for Christmas!

12 days till Christmas! Still doing some last minute shopping for the holidays? A friend of ours has created a great way to get great deals on all sorts of items and support cool causes. The way it works: The sites listed below search the internet for the best deals on items you want making it super easy to find awesome deals in one place. You then choose what you want to buy and the link will take you directly to the online retailers site to buy it. When you use the sites below to find the item you want and buy it, a percentage of the purchase automatically goes to a non-profit/charity.

Our climb with Big City Mountaineers is currently the featured charity!!!  So please use this sites to find great gifts and a percentage of your purchase automatically will be donated to Big City Mountaineers' Summit for Someone program and our fundraising efforts.

We have already used it and the deals are awesome!!!

Ready to shop away??? Check out these sites.

Mountain-op.com = Great deals on outdoor gear
sportingforgood.com = Shop for the sports fan in your life
jewelry-forgood.com = A little bling for someone you love
shoeforgood.com = Tons of designer brand shoes for great prices
foodsforgood.com = Great deals on food and beverages
digsforgood.com = Low prices for top brand clothes

Just think guilt free shopping... the more you buy the more you will be helping kids to get outdoors!

Happy Holidays!

3 Reasons to Help Us Support a Great Cause!

We are excited to officially announce that we have been selected by Backpacker Magazine to join one of their teams climbing Mt Whitney this April via the Mountaineers Route. For more details about this adventure and to keep up with our journey getting there, please visit and follow our blog, TheAdventurUs.com. This adventure is also a fundraiser for Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a non-profit dedicated to getting under-served urban youth outdoors and into the mountains for life changing experiences. We are super excited to have the opportunity to combine our love of the outdoors with our desire to support such a great organization. BCM is really changing the lives of these kids by offering them an opportunity learn about the outdoors and gain valuable life skills as a result. Paul and I are asking you to help support BCM and make a difference in a young persons life. As if this wasn't a good enough reason, we have 3 more GREAT reasons for you to donate.

1. By making a donation by DECEMBER 31 you can receive great discounts on gear from great companies such as Kelty, Sierra Designs, adidas Outdoors and Osprey. And these discounts are good for all of 2013! Here are the discounts based on your donation amount:

Basecamp > $50 = 40% discount on Kelty products in 2013 Approach > $100 = 40% discount on Sierra Designs products in 2013 Ascent > $250 = 40% discount on Kelty and Sierra Designs products in 2013 Summit > $500 = 40% discount on Kelty, Sierra Designs and adidas Outdoor products in 2013 Summit + > $750 = 40% discount on Kelty, Sierra Designs, adidas Outdoor and two Osprey products in 2013.

2. In addition to the discounts above. For every $100 you donate by January 31st you will be entered to win one of many cool prizes. Our friends at The North Face have already donated a sleeping bag and daypack to be given away, another artist friend has donated one of her ceramic pieces, we have some free pet sitting to give-away (LA area only on this one) and this is just the start. So donate $100 get your name in once... donate $200 get your name in twice... and so on and so on and so on. Who are we to limit the number of times your name gets put in. :)

3. Worried about your taxes? Here is one more thing you can write off! Your donation will allow BCM to continue to provide programs that have a proven track record of improving integrity, self-esteem, decision-making abilities, and communication skills that keep kids healthy, active, in school, and motivated to strive for success. Go to http://www.summitforsomeone.org/donate?page=4&climber=8475 to make a donation.

Thank you for supporting such an awesome cause.


Climbing for a Great Cause!

A few months ago Paul & I applied to be part of a team, that the editor of Backpacker Magazine was putting together, to climb Mount Whitney via the Mountaineers Route and to fundraise for a great organization, Big City Mountaineers (BCM). We were selected to be a part of the Summit for Someone program, which means that Paul & I will be climbing one of North Americas most sought after peaks to help benefit the at-risk teens BCM serves. We will be attempting to climb Mount Whitney, the highest point in the continental US, via the Mountaineers Route April 2013. This will require us to use some of the winter mountaineering and snow travel skills we have been learning over the last couple of years.

Our fundraising goal is $10,000! With your help and our summit attempt, the BCM program will reach over 300 at-risk teens nationwide. We know what a huge impact these kind of experiences have had on our lives and can only imagine that once these kids get out into the mountains, challenging themselves with new skills surrounded by the magnificent beauty around them that their lives will be changed forever.

We hope that you will donate and help make a difference by supporting this worthy cause.

You can follow our training and the trip reports here by signing up to follow us on our new blog, TheAdventurUs.com.