Summer has just commenced with my participation in the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic in Chicago. With great conditions complete with rain and thunder, I genuinely enjoyed the new setting away from sunny California. Now, after four days left of school, I will head to Yosemite and Mammoth for four weeks to spend time climbing, backpacking and interning with the US Geological Survey. 

Here's an update on my first challenge—climbing The Nose on El Capitan:

The week of June 20, I will attempt to climb El Capitan in Yosemite Valley via “The Nose” route. The Nose is 3000 feet high and requires 31 climbing pitches over the course of four days and three nights on the wall (yes, I will be sleeping on the wall). The Nose is often described as the best rock climb in the world due the considerable physical and psychological challenges presented by the route and the pure aesthetics of climbing El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. 

In addition to challenging myself physically and mentally on this climb, I’ve set the goal of raising money for a very special organization, Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT). BAWT was founded with the goal of connecting youth organizations, especially those serving disadvantaged youth, with California’s amazing wilderness areas. BAWT provides professional wilderness training and gear to help organizations create programs that get kids into the natural areas of California. Each year, thousands of kids experience California’s natural areas because of the efforts of BAWT and its supporters. 

Given the role that the outdoors has played in my life, especially the outdoors in California, BAWT is the perfect organization to support with my El Capitan climb. 

I hope you’ll consider helping this effort with a donation to BAWT. My goal is to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 for BAWT. To help, please use the following link and contribute whatever amount you can. All contributions are fully tax-deductible. Donate HERE. Also, please share my effort with your friends, family, and co-workers.