“I love anything that gets me away from the big city and out in nature where I can think clearly and breathe deeply!” said Laura, the Portland Area Director of SheJumps, an organization dedicated to supporting outdoor engagement and education programs for women.
Laura and Britt’s most recent endeavor is a 3-day all women’s climb up Mt. Shasta, taking place now! They set out yesterday and will climb through the weekend. The trip idea sprouted at a weekly meeting for SheJumps, where Lisa Mattis of Big City Mountaineers held a seminar about Big City Mountaineers’ Summit for Someone program. When Britt, PDX Co-Chair of the discount gear website “The Clymb”, first heard about it, she was hooked.
“I thought, ‘Wait a minute—I can climb a mountain with a group of rad women and raise funds to support youth to get outside? Why wouldn’t I do it?’”
Big City Mountaineers is a non-profit group that organizes week-long wilderness expeditions to provide at-risk urban youth with valuable opportunities to learn and grow through experience with nature. In order to raise money for these trips, BCM created Summit for Someone, a fundraising program that offers guided climbs up 13 different peaks, Mt. Shasta among them.
“I’ve always felt very fortunate to have grown up surrounded by such an outdoorsy, active family, and hope that through my efforts, young kids can experience the same joy that I do in the open country,” Laura said.
Led by Shasta Mountain Guides, Laura and Britt plan to conquer the volcano’s 14,179 feet with five other ladies from SheJumps and “The Clymb.” The trek will cover the “picturesque and rarely traveled” West Face route up to Mt. Shasta’s summit. Despite the mountain’s tough terrain, both Britt and Laura are up for the challenges.
“The inspiration I feel when I am surrounded by a bunch of other women climbing a mountain is only going to push me harder to get to the top,” Britt said.
Laura derives her motivation from a piece of advice her father gave her when she was 5-years-old, faced with the task of crossing a large boulder field at Rocky Mountain National Park.
“One boulder at a time.”
Visit Summit for Someone to donate to Big City Mountaineers (one of Women’s Adventure’s non-profit partners) and learn more about their fundraiser climbs.