Aleya Littleton wrote a wonderful guest blog for us a few months ago. She talked about all the people she has met while climbing all over the country. She perfectly summed up the feeling of community among climbers.
We were proud to learn that Aleya was chosen as the winner of the Hanesbrands/Champion What’s Your Everest? Contest. Aleya explains what she plans to do with her winnings:
In July of 2011 I plan to summit Gannett Peak with Summit for Someone, an organization that raises money for Big City Mountaineers (BCM) and takes climbers like me on guided trips. I received $10,000 to pursue my personal Everest: conquering a fear of heights while giving back to students who would never get to experience the outdoors. My plan was to choose a Summit for Someone climb and see the prize money to go their sister organization, BCM. BCM provides an outdoor mentoring experience for under-resourced teens that positively impacts their beliefs in themselves, with regard to age/ethnic diversity, environmental awareness, and interpersonal relationships. Each BCM trip places four or five adult leaders with five teens. The groups then go on seven-day life-changing outdoor excursions together.
How awesome is that? In my time climbing and exploring the outdoors I’ve learned more about myself than I’ve ever imagined. For some of these BCM kids this will be their first experience living off the grid, learning to trust themselves and their team members, pushing themselves to the limit mentally and physically. Their trip has the potential to change their lives, to give them the confidence to take charge of their futures and make the tough choice to leave home for college, or resist peer pressure. I’m so excited I get to be a part of that process.
We support Aleya, and we hope you will, too.
First, while $10,000 is more than enough to finance a climb, after taxes (bleh) it is substantially less. What I want to do is set a goal for $1,000 ABOVE the minimum commitment, and for that I will need your help. Please consider donating $50, $25, or whatever you are moved to contribute. For those of you who contribute $50 or more you will get a signed DVD with an awesome video of my adventure, as well as some trinket from the top (or Wyoming in general) I have yet to decide on.
Secondly, training for Gannett will be hard. I’m not much of a mountaineer, and Gannett is a pretty epic trip. It is 40 miles round trip, with 6,000ft of vertical gain on summit day. It will undoubtedly be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m going to need the extra support and incentive you will give. As I take step after step above 10,000 ft I want to chant “For the kids, for my family, for my friends, for me.” I can’t take you to the top in my backpack, but I’d love for you to accompany me in spirit.
If you’re able to make a tax deductible donation, you may do so here.
For more of Aleya’s story, check out “Aleya’s Ultimate Prize, Mar 11 2010″