Looking for a challenge? How about six of ‘em?

The 2016 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge has officially kicked off. This is a great program that raises funds for Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization that helps to transform the lives of urban youth by offering wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills that last a lifetime.

What are the Six-Pack of Peaks? According to the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge website they’re “epic hikes up a series of increasingly higher and tougher peaks in Southern California.” I’ve done them all – and I’ll do them again this year. I love getting outside, and the chance to participate with other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts while helping a very worthy cause is something i just can’t pass up!

Sign up for the challenge, and see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Southern California. You’ll hike Mount Wilson, Cucamonga Peak, Mount Baldy, San Bernardino Peak, Mount San Jacinto, and San Gorgonio.

Jeff Hester (SoCalHiker.com) created the Six-Pack of Peaks when he was training for a through-hike of the John Muir Trail. I stumbled onto the hiking challenge when I – like others – was looking for a good way to prepare for hiking Mount Whitney (there’s a reason I usually drive a Jeep where I go; I’m not as young as I once was…). I met Jeff online while researching, and am honored to know the guy who has put together this great program.

A portion of the proceeds from the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge goes to help Big City Mountaineers. According to their website, the BCM “curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually.” And BCM has a proven track record improving young peoples’ lives by increasing the likeliness they’ll stay in school, reducing violence, and decreasing drug use.

Sign up today, and get outside!

You can visit the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge and sign up HERE

You can find out more about Big City Mountaineers HERE.

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