Alpine Ascents Outreach Programs

Climbing for a Cause

Alpine Ascents is proud of our continuing involvement in partnering with non-profit organizations both in our community and abroad. From Seattle’s esteemed Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to the Sherpa Education Fund, we help non-profits reach their goals.

Please visit the following links to see the successful ways we have partnered with different organizations to fundraise and bring attention to their cause.

If you would like information on the above please contact Gordon Janow

Current Outreach Partners

Here are the outstanding organizations Alpine Ascents partners with in their fundraising efforts. See our history page for organizations we have worked with in the past.

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer

Contributions play a pivotal role in propelling the Hutchinson’s Center’s efforts to prevent, detect and treat breast cancer, saving countless lives in the process. Every year, outdoor enthusiasts join together to ascend some of the world’s most breathtaking mountains in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled breast cancer. The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer ® allows you to touch the top of states, countries and continents while raising vital funds and awareness toward finding a cure.

Climbs with Alpine Ascents include Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus and the Everest Base Camp Trek. Contact:, email: [email protected] or call 206.667.1398

Tomorrow’s Air

Tomorrow’s Air is the world’s first collective of travelers, travel service providers and travel brands who clean up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to clean and preserve our air for future generations. Incubated by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, Tomorrow’s Air combines the wisdom and connections the ATTA has established over nearly 20 years of supporting sustainable travel businesses and their entrepreneurial leaders with innovation to remove carbon from the atmosphere via direct air capture and permanently store it. Visit to take climate action into your own hands today.

REI Climbs for Mount Rainier’s Search and Rescue

REI’s climb with Alpine Ascents, International was established in 2014. Their focus?  To help Mount Rainier’s Search and Rescue rangers and volunteers.  2014 proceeds will fund a much needed telecommunication system at Rainier’s more remote Camp Schurman.  For the first time ever, rangers and mountain rescue teams will be able to communicate to others as together, they work to save lives and help those in need.  Funds flow through Washington’s National Park Fund.  For more information, call 206-623-2063.


Alpine Ascents was proud to have a 100% donation climb for the new KEXP offices. While we always want to be involved in great causes, we loved being helping the best radio station in the world and our new neighbors build their new – and awesome – home in lower Queen Anne. Our fundraising climb up Eldorado proved a fantastic experience for all.

The Climb for Cancer Foundation

Created to help end cancer and to improve the lives of individuals fighting this deadly disease. The Climb for Cancer Foundation is now forming a team for their Kilimanjaro 2013 expedition and looking for partners for other climbs. View the website at: or call 352-333-9663 for more information.


Summit4stemcell is a grass roots group of individuals commited to funding Parkinsons research where a patient’s skin cells are converted to IPG cells and then reprogrammed to become dopamine producing neurons. With FDA approval these cells will be transplanted back into the brains of the eight chosen Parkinson’s patients in our project. This is a joint project between Dr Melissa Houser at the Scripps Clinic and Dr Jeanne Loring from the Center of Integrative medicine at The Scripps Research Institute.

We are looking for climbers that either have Parkinson’s Disease or are related to someone who does to join our team as we trek to base camp of Everest in October of 2013. All funds raised through our efforts will go directly to the Summit4stemcell project. Please email: [email protected] for more information.

The Alpine Ascents Sherpa Educaton Fund

The Alpine Ascents Sherpa Educaton Fund would like to partner with climbers or trekkers to raise funds to finance a first-class education for a group of Sherpa students who hearken from the rural, mountainous areas that surround Mt. Everest in Nepal. Please visit or email [email protected] for more information.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

At Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Western Washington & Alaska, we support seriously ill children and their families by providing a “home-away-from-home” during medical treatment.

When a child has a serious illness, many families have to travel hundreds of miles from home and spend months undergoing treatment. RMHC provides these families with clean and comfortable accommodations, everyday essentials, volunteer-cooked dinners, and more.

Earlier this year, we opened the first-ever Ronald McDonald House in Anchorage. Operated in partnership with the Alaska Native Medical Center, it provides housing to expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies, pediatric patients, and their families.

We’re so grateful for the continued support of local businesses like Alpine Ascents, who allow us to continue helping families in Seattle and Anchorage.

Fundraising with Alpine Ascents

Over the past 20 years, we’ve been hosting discounted climbs for non-profit organizations. Climbers raise money for their organizations (often finding donors that give a flat rate or per foot rate), and then hire Alpine Ascents to lead the fundraising climb. In turn, Alpine Ascents discounts the climb so a larger portion of the money raised can stay with the non-profit.

This has been a very successful fundraising tool for many groups. Many of our non-profits have commented that this is a more satisfying fundraising experience overall.

Past successful climbing events have taken place on such diverse trips as:

  • Kilimanjaro
  • Everest Base Camp Trek
  • Mt Rainier and Mt. Baker

If you would like information on the above please contact Gordon Janow

For the non-profit

  • Limits the resources your organization dedicates to event planning.
  • Receive assistance with fundraising development.
  • All trip logistics, training and personal equipment planning is done by Alpine Ascents.
  • Personal attention from our Specialty Travel division and staff.
  • World-class guiding expertise, group gear and equipment, and camp food and dining of the highest quality that our trips are renowned for worldwide.

For The Participants

  • Raising awareness.
  • Opportunity to be part a team experience in a unique mountain environment.
  • Combine the thrill of climbing on one of the world’s greatest peaks with the satisfaction of helping those in need.

Raising Awareness Climbs

Setting up an awareness climb is a simple way to bring attention to your non-profit organization or cause. Our Awareness Climbs have received excellent media attention and have the unique quality of naturally creating a meaningful group experience centered around a cause.

If you have a group of friends or colleagues who want to climb for one cause, let us know and we can set up a program that matches your group’s needs and handle all of the trip logistics. We have created custom experiences for groups of varied backgrounds, abilities and group sizes.

No climbing experience needed just the desire to climb or trek for a cause.

Ideas for awareness climbs we have done in the past:

  • Survivors or people affected with health issues: Cancer, MS and Parkinsons
  • Military groups and wounded vets
  • Family members and friends raising awareness of water sanitation issues

If you would like information on the above please contact Gordon Janow

Auction Donation

Each year Alpine Ascents donates climbs, such as a 3-day climb of Mt. Baker, to non-profit organizations for auction to the highest bidder. If you are interested in applying for a donated climb to auction, please submit the proposal by August 31st to Gordon Janow

Donations will be awarded by October 1st, for the following summer season.

Outreach History

Our history with fundraising climbs:
For over twenty years, Alpine Ascents has been working closely with non-profit organizations in an effort to support community-based programs. As of 2012, we have helped raise $4 million for worthwhile causes. Our endeavors have included climbs to Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Olympus, Mt. Baker Glacier Peak, Denali, and Everest Base Camp Trek.

We are proud to have worked with:
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
The Climb for Cancer Foundation
The Survivor Fund
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Red Campaign
The Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Emily Griffith Center
She Climbs
Team Survivor Northwest
Passages Northwest
C.A.N. (Cure Autism Now)
Hats Off For Cancer
The American Red Cross
Generous Adventures
Seattle Academy
PAWS, King County Search and Rescue
The Center for the Prevention of School Violence and S.A.V.E. (Students Against Violence Everywhere)

Through these climbs, Alpine Ascents works to transform the individual goals of mountaineering to positively affect the lives of many. Alpine Ascents is proud to be affiliated with such outstanding organizations and we will continue to expand our work in this area.

If you are interested in any of these programs, or have an organization you support, please contact us about fundraising and awareness ideas: Gordon Janow .

Climbs Donated by Us

Each year, Alpine Ascents donates a climb to a local charity, where 100% of the amounts paid by the climbers goes directly to the organization.

2014 Climb of Eldorado Peak for Roots
2015 Climb of Eldorado Peak for KEXP
2016 Climb of Mount Shuksan for SheJumps
2017 Climb of Mount Shuksan for New Horizons
2018 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Girls on Ice
2019 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Jubilee Women’s Center
2020 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Facing Homelessness
2021 Climb of Mount Shuksan for Got Green

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