What is Climb for Heroes?
Climb for Heroes is a non-competitive, family friendly day hike accessible to all fitness levels and age groups. The day has been planned to be a fun and successful experience for all who attend. All tax deductible donations will go directly to The Heroes Project’s mission to organize climbs to the highest peaks in the world, each with our injured marines, soldiers and veterans. Video footage of all climbs will be used as part of advocacy and empowerment programs. Our military hospitals and veteran’s organizations are our priority and will receive The Heroes Project footage as soon as possible. We are committed to our military heroes and their loved ones, but the perseverance, determination, strength, and resilience of the human spirit depicted in our footage should and will be used to inspire thousands of others regardless of their physical or military status. Visit www.theheroesproject.org for more information on the foundation, its focus, Everest 2016, and to visit The Heroes Project gift shop online.
What will the Event look like?
We will depart from the trailhead located at the top of the Mount Baldy Ski lifts parking lot on Sunday morning, May 21st. Check-in begins at 8:00 am and will continue until 10:00 am. Tender Greens restaurant will supply all participants with a warm and delicious breakfast. Camp 1 will be a mere 30 minutes to an hour from Base Camp (the parking lot). At Camp 1, hikers will receive a coin that will be exchanged for a Heroes Project t-shirt at the end of the day. Camp 2 is located another 45 minutes up the mountain and provides an excellent resting point for refreshments at The Notch (the Mount Baldy restaurant), a picture opportunity, or a chair lift down. Hikers can turn around here, or continue on to Camp 3. At Camp 2, Camp 3, High Camp, and again at the Summit, participants will receive coins redeemable for goodies at the end of the day. At any point, hikers can choose to return to Base Camp. Mt. Baldy is 10,064 feet and the 2016 summit prize is amazing! Back at Base Camp, coins will be traded for kick ass schwag and Tender Greens will once again serve delicious food. The event will end before sundown (or earlier depending upon participants chosen camp destination). Your exact climbing route will be determined the morning of April 3rd by our founder, Tim Medvetz, and our climbing Sherpa, Gyalbu. The safety of our participants is paramount and we promise a fun, safe and fulfilling day regardless of weather or your skill level.
Prepare to be inspired!
Wounded and active duty vets will climb amongst us. We encourage you to shake hands with them, learn their stories, and spend some quality time with these men and women who chose to serve our country. If you get a chance to talk with The Heroes Project climbing team, be prepared…… Team THP drips inspiration from their pores, they can’t help it, and it’s infectious. Use Climb for Heroes to fuel your own motivational tank, or invite someone who may need a little push in the motivation department. Children, dogs, and elderly will be participating. You can climb with friends and family, form a team, or come alone and meet other climbers at the event. With a minimum donation of just $100 per participant, Climb for Heroes is accessible to everyone. You can pay in full today when you register, or register for free now and fundraise to meet your goal. BUT, don’t stop at $100! There are GREAT prizes for highest fundraisers and without your incredible fundraising and your foot stomping, we wouldn’t be able to continue our important work. If you are unable to join us, consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking “donate” above. Every dollar makes a difference.
Directions to Mt. Baldy
From Hollywood – Take the 10 East; exit on Mountain Ave. (#54)
From Palm Springs – Take the 10 West; exit on Mountain Ave. (#54)
From the Southbay – Take the 105 East; 605 North; 210 East; exit on Mountain Ave. (#54)
Once off the freeway, simply follow Mountain Avenue UP the mountain. It will become Shin Road. Continue on Shin Road and turn right on Mt. Baldy Road. Or, simply enter this address into your GPS: 8401 Mt. Baldy Road, Mount Baldy, CA 91759