I’m doing it again! For the sixth year in a row, I’m doing some big climbs to raise money for my favorite charity, KIPP charter schools.

This year, my guide and I are going to scale Mt. Whitney in southern California, which, at 14,505 feet, is the tallest mountain in the continental U.S. Then we’re also going to climb nearby Mt. Russell and Charlotte Dome. Below are pictures of the routes we’ll be tackling, two of which are among the 50 Classic Climbs of North America.

Serving on KIPP NYC’s board for more than two decades, I’ve seen firsthand the transformative education the schools provide, so I’d be grateful if you’d help thousands of KIPPsters make it to and through college. It’s a challenge that has become immeasurably harder during these tough times, so they need our help more than ever.

Details of this year’s climb

Over the past five summers, I’ve raised nearly half a million dollars by climbing five Alps giants (Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch), Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites, and The Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite. Click here for pictures and descriptions of all my adventures).

This year, my adventure starts on Friday, July 23, when I’m flying to Merced, CA, where my guide Paul will pick me up. We’ll drive to Whitney Portal, from which we’ll hike a few hours and set up camp on the shores of Iceberg Lake, which is at the base of Mt. Whitney and Mt. Russell.

Then, over the next two days, we’ll climb Mt. Whitney again via the East Buttress route and/or one or two routes up Mt. Russell, Fishhook Arete and Mithral Dihedral. 

Then we’ll pack up camp, hike back to Whitney Portal, drive a few hours to the Charlotte Dome trailhead, and begin a long hike in (it’s a long two-day or more relaxed three-day expedition).

Then we drive back to Merced to pick up Susan. She’s never been to Yosemite, so we’re going to spend a few days there with friends from August 1-4 before flying home.

I can’t wait!

KIPP NYC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. To the fullest extent of the law, your gift is 100% tax-deductible. KIPP NY, Inc.’s EIN number is 20-3971209.

Questions? Email Kim Heras at KIPP.