Using skills I learned with The Mountaineers at the base of Lassen Peak
I’ve gained a lot from my adventures in the outdoors. I’ve made lifelong friends, I’ve learned how to keep going when things get tough, I’ve been instilled with a passion to fight for our one and only habitat. I’ve witnessed unmatched beauty. I’ve experienced failure, and also success. But I have also come to a realization: recreating in the outdoors is a privilege I'm able to enjoy because I'm lucky. I have the money, time, and opportunity to do so. Not everyone has that. Most importantly, not every child has that.
Providing the next generation - those who will inherit this planet - with the means to explore the outdoors is a moral imperative. As my contribution to getting these kids outside, I will be climbing Mt. Shasta in July to raise $500 for The Mountaineers youth programs. Join me on my journey!
Read on to find more information about my challenge:
- The path I'm taking to get to the top of Mt. Shasta
- Photo prints for donations of $25+ and $50+
- How to follow me on my journey
(A Bumpy) Road to Shasta
I have not been able to make my way out to climb Mt. Shasta. Life happened and I was unable to attempt the climb on either of the weekends I chose to climb.
However, I have committed to climbing Mt. Rainier on 08/12. This is a much bigger and more technical climb. It is more than a worthy substitution for Mt. Shasta!
A month ago, at a critical time in my training plan for climbing season, I got hit by an injury and a couple health issues all at once. After being unable to train or get outside for 3 weeks, I’m back on my feet and I have built a plan to ramp back up to climbing shape. The goal of climbing Shasta in late July will hold me to my recovery plan, which I will post here and update as I progress.
- Week 1: First week back. Short hike of 1500' with ~20lbs.
- Week 2: Progression from first week. 2000' with 25 lbs
- Week 3: Test knee on same hike that previously led to injury. Mission - Allison - Monument 3-peak hike: 3000', 12 miles with 20-25 lbs.
- Week 4: Continue progression, muscular endurance training. Mt. Tehama camp (3000', 40 lbs)
- Week 5: Continue muscular endurance training - 4000'+, 20-40 lbs.
- Week 6: Muscular endurance training - 4000'+, 20-40 lbs
- Week 7: Taper training load
- Week 8: Taper
- Week 9: Taper
- Week 10: Mt. Shasta
Showing My Gratitude
For donations of $25 or more and $50 or more, I'd like to offer a gift to show my gratitude for your contribution to The Mountaineers. I am a photographer and there's a strong relationship between my photography and my love of the outdoors. It is one of my favorite ways to share my outdoors experiences with others.
- For a donation of $50 or more, I will send you a 11"x14" (or equivalent) print of any photograph posted to my Instagram plus a print from a photograph taken on my journey to Mt. Shasta (TBD).
- For a donation of $25 or more, I will send you an 8"x10" print of any photograph posted to my Instagram.
Note: Please leave your e-mail address when donating otherwise I won't be able to contact you about prints.
I was a photographer before I started climbing, and I carry a camera with me on every trip (“training weight”). I’ll be documenting my trips leading up to Shasta, and, of course, Shasta itself. I will post pictures here as well as the page will allow. I'll be putting updates on Instagram, too, as I rally people to donate: @mptoyama.
Thanks for reading!
Mt. Shasta from near the summit of Lassen Peak
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|
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