I am a cyclist and mountaineer who supports the new generation of outdoors people. Without an appreciation for sport outside, we would not be able to appreciate many of the awesome aspects of our existence, much less the beauty of our amazing planet... This summer, I will ride my bicycle on a solo, self-supported, 350 mile counter-clockwise trek around the Olympic Peninsula, almost exclusively on scenic highway 101! I will finish the ride in less than 48 hours, making full circle to and from the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. My goal is to raise $500 for The Mountaineers youth programs. I am excited to join this adventure and share my stoke for our public lands!!
More about the trip
On (date TBD) two-days in July, I will ride my bicycle to the Bainbridge Island ferry in Seattle and hop on. When I reach the other side, it will be game time, as I follow roads to get onto Highway 101 and begin a ride around the Olympic peninsula. I will not be carrying more than food, bivy, and my other essentials with the ultimate goal of completing the loop back to the ferry in less than 48 hours.
Day 1 will see me traveling from Bainbridge Island to Ruby Beach, where I intend to camp and catch a beautiful sunset. Long rides are made so much more worth it when you have beautiful scenery and amazing people to visit along the way. For me, this is what cycling is all about.
Along the way, I will pass through scenic small towns, such as Port Orchard, Shelton, and Aberdeen. The goal is to arrive 190 miles later at the beach, with enough food on hand for the next day to get me to Forks.
Day 2 will see me cover a slightly smaller distance. 167 miles from Ruby Beach around the north end of the peninsula, through Port Angeles and back onward to Bainbridge Island. If I have time, a huge lunch in Port Angeles will be in order. One thing is for sure when cycling, I like eating.
My goal is to raise 500 dollars. Without clubs like the Mountaineers, I wouldn't be able to do this sort of trip, or have become such a keen, spunky, outdoorsy dude. Let's put our hands together and show the youth how much our parks matter, and how much that we care about them.
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|
Kathe S. Kern