Since its founding in 1995, JanSport has been a key partner to the 8000 Meter Challenge; an annual event held in Southern California that is open exclussively to outdoor industry retail staff. Every September, participants compete to climb the "Three Saints" (San Antonio, San Gorgonio and San Jacinto) to raise funds for our friends at Big City Mountaineers. For those who finished the grueling 24-hour race, that means 40 total miles with 12,000 feet of elevation gain.
This year's event saw 138 participants from 19 teams with 308 summits and 62 finishers. As of 2017, the event has raised over $50,000 for BCM.