We need our young people to fall in love with the outdoors. Modern Human Beings in first world countries have alienated ourselves from the outdoor world which is our rightful natural habitat. For our own overall health as a species, and for the good of the individuals that make up our collective species, we need to reconnect with and immerse ourselves in the natural world. The most effective way to accomplish this is by starting with the Youth.
Raising funds for The Mountaineers Youth Programs will help get more kids outside! That's why we're signing up a project we're calling the Rainier-Adams-StHelens (RAS) Traverse. We will traverse the summits of Rainier and Adams, and end on the summit of St Helens, all linked on foot by trail completely unsupported, with no resupply. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for The Mountaineers Youth Programs.
Here is a map of the RAS Traverse route:
Our Parks | Your Adventure challenge
Designed to inspire our community to get outside and celebrate our wild places, the Our Parks Your Adventure Challenge is a fun way for Mountaineers to challenge themselves while doing good for our community. From urban parks to National Parks and everything in between, our community of adventurers are rallying together to raise $40,000 for Mountaineers youth programs.
Getting the next generation outside
The outdoors has the power to transform our minds and fuel our souls. At The Mountaineers, we've been getting poeple outside for 111-years, and we're still inspired by the smiling faces returning from the outdoors. We believe everyone should experience the magic of our wild places, and that's why we're committed to bringing outdoor experiences to today’s youth.
OPYA supports The Mountaineers youth programs where we introduce young people to the benefits of the outdoors: self-confidence and self-reliance, perseverance, an appreciation for the natural world and protecting it, and a healthy, meaningful life. In 2017 alone, we introduced 1,670 youth to the outdoors - 975 of whom were on scholarship and wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to engage with the outdoors. Please donate to support this amazing cause, or consider joining Team OPYA to fundraise with your own challenge. You can learn more about the entire program on our FAQ page.
Groups and individuals raising money for the same goal.
|Carrie & Hannah||8||$895|
|Imran & Miles||4||$225|
|Kathy Vaughan & Lisa Eversgerd||3||$125|
|Leone, Jen, Sara, Katie and Ada||8||$445|
|Ras Vaughan (UltraPedestrian Ras)||6||$190|
|Shaun & Elaine||17||$780|
|Tess, Michael, Mark and Hadi||27||$1,665|
|The Vogl Boys||31||$1,380|
George & Robin Pease