We're five rad gals who love biking and are committed to raising $1,000 for The Mountaineers youth programs. Some of us are biking to work while others are riding our first Century. We believe challenges and adventures come in all different forms but the one thing that unites us is our love of biking. Read more about us and our individual challenges below.
Hi there! I'm Leone and I work for The Mountaineers and Mountaineers Books.
I don't climb or mountaineer but I do love bicycles. I love road biking and am just getting into mountain biking.
As a parent of a one-year old, it's so important to me that my daughter is able to experience the wind in her face and the smell of fresh blooms in spring on the Burke-Gilman. I know that in order for her to enjoy these things as much as I do, she has to have opportunities to experience them herself.
My OPYA Challenge
Coming off of meeting my goal of riding 300 miles for the month of May, I'm feeling pretty good. For OPYA, I'll be riding four new rides out of Mountaineers Books 75 Classic Rides Washington and Biking Puget Sound. Both of these books are key for finding rides with good views and the mileage I crave.
Hello! I'm Jen, and I work for Mountaineers Books as a book designer.
I've always loved biking, but it's only since my move to Washington 4 years ago that my passion for it has exploded. I now almost exclusively commute to work on my bike, and have started getting into bike touring and bike camping. I love exploring Seattle and all of Washington by bike.
My OPYA Challenge
I'm going to tackle my first century ride. Not so long ago, a 30-40 mile ride seemed intimidating to me, but through exploring the state with 75 Classic Rides WA, and Biking Puget Sound I've been excited to push myself to ride farther. This summer I'll be doing a century, taken from 75 Classic Rides, as a "training ride" for my next big adventure: RSVP in August!
I'm Sara and I work at The Mountaineers with Jen and Leone. I'm one of our new Education Managers who gets to spend my day helping people get out hiking, paddling and skiing.
My OPYA Challenge
I've always enjoyed bike commuting, but have never committed to riding more than 1-2 days a week ... and only when it isn't raining. Since joining The Mountaineers, I've found a great community of folks who love to ride to work, and am inspired to get after it, leaving my car at home as much as possible! My OPYA challenge is to ride to work three times a week for the months of June and July. Because I spend many of my days visitng various programs and branches (far and wide), this is actually easier said than done! To track my challenge, I set-up a "virtual ride". My goal of riding to work 3x per week, for two months, is roughly equivalent to 400 miles ... which is the same distance as riding across the state of Washingon on US Bicyle Route 10! You can watch my progress, and see how I'm doing, here.
My name is Katie and I work in Member Services at the Mountaineers program center. I spend most of my days on phones and email supporting our members and volunteers with all things related to getting outdoors!
My OPYA Challenge
I love commuting by bike because it gives me a chance to spend time outside during my workweek. I’ve spent the last decade biking throughout three different cities, and I have found that biking is a fascinating way to learn how a particular city functions. City parks and greenspaces are often the backdrop to a child’s first wilderness adventure, so this summer I’m biking to ensure that future generations have plenty of opportunities to engage in the outdoors. I can see the Cascades from my desk, so my mind is often in the mountains! My goal is to log 500 commuter miles over the next 6 weeks, or the total mileage of the Washington section of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Keep track of my mileage here
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|