Mem­bers, click through below for exclu­sive sav­ings on today’s fea­tured brands:

KEEN: With a pair of KEEN hybrids you can jog a few miles to the riv­er, ford it, hike to the sum­mit of a rocky peak, then walk into the city to meet friends for drinks all in one pair of shoes. Fea­tur­ing footwear and socks.

Bergans of Nor­way: If a Nor­we­gian old-timer gave you cold weath­er advice, you’d lis­ten. So when Bergans of Nor­way, since 1934, offers you down jack­ets, take note, because you might final­ly stop shiv­er­ing. Fea­tur­ing jack­ets and packs.

10-Day Chilean Hik­ing Trip |8‑Day Botswana Hik­ing Safari

Reef: Fueled by their pas­sion for surf­ing, and draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from the beach lifestyle, Reef is a core surf com­pa­ny that cre­ates inno­v­a­tive, authen­tic prod­ucts. Fea­tur­ing san­dals and shoes.

J Fold: These wal­lets are so hip that they are car­ried in the MoMA design store. Inspired by clas­sic sneak­ers and the con­tem­po­rary aes­thet­ics of indus­tri­al design, J. Fold builds mod­ern day works of art.

Topeak & OnGuard: They say dia­monds are for­ev­er. Your trusty com­muter ride is too. Get it the bling it real­ly wants with the pre­mi­um bike acces­sories in this col­lec­tion. Fea­tur­ing lights, racks, locks, and more.

Arnette: Sleek, styl­ish, Arnette snow gog­gles exude bold indi­vid­u­al­ism while main­tain­ing pro­gres­sive designs, supe­ri­or func­tion­al­i­ty, and an unques­tion­able com­mit­ment to qual­i­ty. View our col­lec­tion here.

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Two weeks ago, we told you about the Port­land chap­ter of SheJumps.org part­ner­ing with Big City Moun­taineers for their Sum­mit For Some­one pro­gram. The team of 7 would sum­mit Mt. Shas­ta, rais­ing funds so that under-resourced urban youth could have access to their own moun­taineer­ing experiences.

Fueled by excite­ment and weeks of antic­i­pa­tion, Clymb team mem­bers Britt, Lau­ra, Jen­ny and Keel­ie hit the road on Thurs­day for a 6‑hour dri­ve to Shas­ta City, Cal­i­for­nia. After meet­ing their guides on Fri­day morn­ing and run­ning through a gear check, the ladies hit the trail. The fore­cast was call­ing for sus­tained winds of 60–70mph with gusts up to 105. With winds this high, the group was forced to change their route and game plan, mov­ing camp high­er their sec­ond night and push­ing for an extra long sum­mit day.

“At that point, we were all get­ting ner­vous that the sum­mit might not hap­pen,” explained Britt. “We had spent so much time fundrais­ing and plan­ning for the trip that we remained hope­ful the winds would calm down.”

With two female guides and sev­en female climbers, the team of nine became quite the spec­ta­cle on the mountain.

“The look on peo­ples faces as our long line of ladies climbed through oth­er camps, pass­ing groups along the way only gave us more moti­va­tion to get to the top,” said Britt. “You could hear peo­ple cheer­ing on girl pow­er as we climbed higher.”

After hours of climb­ing the women final­ly reached Shas­ta’s 14,180 foot peak! “We were sur­prised to learn that we were the only full guid­ed group that made it to the top that day. High winds and gusts up to 50mph had sev­er­al peo­ple turn­ing back down the mountain.”

Phys­i­cal­ly exhaust­ed, the girls knew that the sum­mit meant that they were only halfway done and car­ried back on down the moun­tain. Shas­ta climber, Lau­ra reflects on the climb as being “the most men­tal­ly chal­leng­ing, phys­i­cal­ly demand­ing, hum­bling and reward­ing expe­ri­ence of her life.”

Still sun­burned, notice­ably tired and sore, the women received a warm wel­come back to Clymb­HQ where some are already plan­ning their next peak.

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
pho­to by Sara Lingafelter

That’s why I climb:  views that take my breath away.  Morn­ings spent watch­ing the sun come up over unfa­mil­iar peaks, the clouds nes­tled below us, after a night of peace­ful sleep, with only the thin walls of a tent and the puffy down of my sleep­ing bag to pro­tect me from the harsh real­i­ty of my environment.
I climb for the good times.  The per­fec­tion of a morn­ing that is the sum of the last day’s exer­tion and the last night’s rest.  The exhil­a­ra­tion of work­ing a project to com­ple­tion.  The calm of a qui­et walk to a crag, or the fun of a con­ver­sa­tion-filled walk through boul­ders with friends.  The tired, ener­gized hum of a body pushed to exhaus­tion by phys­i­cal and men­tal exer­tion and moments of per­fect, effort­less flow upwards… against the forces of grav­i­ty and fatigue.

photo by Sara Lingafelter
This sum­mer, I am also climb­ing to ben­e­fit Big City Moun­taineers, a Boul­der Col­orado orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides out­door expe­ri­ences for under-resourced kids.  I am not tra­di­tion­al­ly a sum­mi­teer … his­tor­i­cal­ly, I’ve been con­tent to spend my time climb­ing rocks, and I have not yet met a big moun­tain I felt com­pelled to get to the top of.  This sum­mer, I’m going to have my first date with Mount Rainier, to raise funds for Big City Mountaineers.


Most of all, though, I climb because I can’t imag­ine my life — right now — any oth­er way.  I start­ed climb­ing a lit­tle over five years ago, at a point in my life that looked pret­ty darn per­fect on paper, but dur­ing which I actu­al­ly knew myself very lit­tle.  Since then, I’ve learned about fear, suc­cess, injury, frus­tra­tion, love and friend­ship, and quite a lot about my own strength and capa­bil­i­ty.  Climb­ing has taught me to trust myself and my instincts not just in the moun­tains and on the rock, but in life.  I would not be the woman I am today, were it not for climb­ing.  I mar­vel, every day, at the depth of love and pas­sion that climb­ing has brought into all areas of my life.

pho­to by Shawn Campbell

You can con­nect with Sara and learn more of her sto­ry at RockClimberGirl.com, on Face­book, and on Twit­ter. If you would like to sup­port her fundrais­ing efforts for Big City Moun­taineers, here’s how you can help.