Eric Larsen, polar explorer and DeLorme ambassador, is climbing seven of the tallest peaks in the Pacific Northwest to raise money for Big City Mountaineers and their program to introduce urban youth to the great outdoors.
“Our hope is that the seven peak climb will not only raise funds and awareness for Big City Mountaineers, but for the greater cause of connecting people to the outdoors,” says Eric. “Climbing, hiking and just being active in the outdoors can help create transformational opportunities for kids that desperately need them.”
You can learn more about Eric’s 7 Peaks for $7K! challenge and contribute to his effort at his Summit for Someone site. People who donate $50 will receive a sweet Seven for Someone t-shirt and contributors at the $100 level will be entered to win a prize package with gear from expedition sponsors. If you’re attending Outdoor Retailer you can purchase one of Eric’s Seven for Someone t-shirts at the DeLorme booth for $20 on Thursday when Eric visits to share about his expedition and sign autographs.
DeLorme is proud to be a sponsor of Eric’s Summit for Someone event and I am particularly excited having gone on my own Big City Mountaineers Summit for Someone hikes in the past to Mt Langley and the Grand Teton. Their program is truly remarkable. I think those of us that have grown up in the outdoors and make our living from it have a responsibility to share that experience with others. I know I will always remember climbing Pleasant Mountain here in Maine with my parents when I was a kid. It’s not the tallest peak but it got me started. If any of you are aspiring climbers I highly recommend you seek out a Summit for Someone adventure of your own!
Eric will be finishing his 7 Peaks for $7K! challenge next week and I encourage all of you to follow along with him and donate to his BCM climb. Eric, his sponsors, and most importantly the kids that BCM expose to the great outdoors will most definitely appreciate it!