Portland Jumpers to Summit Mt. Shasta

Mem­bers of the Port­land chap­ter of She Jumps

Clymb employ­ees Lau­ra Grieser and Britt Her­man­s­ki are on a mis­sion to get local women out­doors. In Feb­ru­ary 2011, they found­ed the Port­land chap­ter of She­Jumps, an orga­ni­za­tion with a mis­sion to increase female par­tic­i­pa­tion in out­door activ­i­ties. In just over a year, through avalanche safe­ty train­ing, relay races, ski and climb­ing trips, and fundrais­ing, they’ve encour­aged the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in dozens of out­door activ­i­ties and made Port­land one of the largest of the nation­al orga­ni­za­tion’s 25 chapters.

Now, they’ve teamed up with Big City Moun­taineers to ensure that under-resourced youth can have their own back­coun­try expe­ri­ences. On June 8th, the Port­land ‘jumpers’ will sum­mit Mt. Shas­ta as a part of BCM’s Sum­mit for Some­one pro­gram. They’ll climb Shas­ta’s 14,179 feet via the “West Face,” a scenic yet unpop­u­lar route. As they expe­ri­ence the alpine beau­ty and push their lim­its, they’ll also raise funds to pro­vide youths with men­tor­ing wilder­ness expeditions.

Each of the ‘jumpers’ has pledged to raise $2,500 to ben­e­fit the 300+ under-resourced youth that Big City Moun­taineers serves. With less than 10 days to go, the Port­land She­Jumps team is doing all they can to reach their fundrais­ing goal. If you’re inter­est­ed in donat­ing to the She­Jumps team, you can do so here. Make sure to check back when they return as Clymb employ­ees Lau­ra, Britt, Keel­ie and Jen­ny share sto­ries and pho­tos of their experience.

Lau­ra and Britt on Mt. Hood