Have you ever climbed a 14er? If you live in Colorado, you have 54 of them to choose from. If you’ve never climbed a 14er, it can be pretty intimidating–thin air, bright sun, rocky and unstable terrain, fields of snow–it may beg the question why anyone would want to climb something that high. Climbers tend to climb for different reasons–spectacular panoramic views, the exhiliration of a great athletic feat, enjoying the outdoors on a beautiful Colorado summer day, connecting with nature–and this year, you can add one more reason; climbing a 14er will help support children.
On Friday, August 13 consider climbing Mount Bierstadt (elevation 14,060 ft.) for charity during the 5th annual IP5280’s Climbing for Kids. The event will raise money for The Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Individual registration costs $50 and registrants are encouraged to raise at least $100 in donations. Last year, the event raised $50,000 for the two organizations. For more information or to register or pledge, click here.
Does the thought of climbing a 14er seem a little too intimidating? You can still help support the cause by making a donation directly (click here for the Kempe team page) or sponsoring the event (click here for sponsorships).
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