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.
Click HERE for more information on the 8000 Meter Challenge.
Big City Mountaineers transforms the lives of under-served youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. BCM partners with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. In addition to adult mentors who donate a weeks of their lives to improve the future of the youth BCM serves, they also rely on the support of Summit for Someone climbers. Without the dozens of courageous volunteers who sign up for Summit for Someone each year, BCM would cease to exist. SFS climbers take on two formidable commitments: mentally and physically preparing to climb one of North America’s most challenging peaks and raising funds. All to help improve the lives of kids they might never meet.