I’m doing a big climb to raise money! For the fifth year in a row, I’m taking on an increasingly challenging climb to raise money for KIPP charter schools in support of the thousands of KIPPsters climbing the mountain to and through college – a challenge that has become immeasurably harder, so they need our help more than ever.

Even better, we’ve received a challenge grant so your donation will be matched this year, doubling your impact!

In June, I’m going to tackle the granddaddy of them all: the Nose of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a 3,200-foot sheer granite wall that every climber dreams of doing. (It’s parallel to the route Alex Honnold climbed in the movie Free Solo – but I’ll be doing it with ropes and, I anticipate, in four days, not four hours!)

Over the past four summers, I’ve raised nearly $400,000 by climbing in the Alps and the Dolomites. In addition, I’ve run the last four 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudder obstacle course races, completing 260 miles and more than 1,000 obstacles, winning the 50+ age group twice, and setting the all-time age-group record of 75 miles in 2016. So I’m no stranger to pain, suffering and adrenaline…

But climbing the Nose of El Cap is a whole different level of challenge – it’s like running all four of those 24-hour races back-to-back, thousands of feet in the air.

It will be very challenging for a relatively inexperienced climber (and old geezer) like me, but after five days of training in February in Yosemite with my friend (and IFMGA-certified guide), Paul Koubek (see pictures below), we’re ready. I can’t wait!

For more pictures and a detailed description of what big-wall aid climbing is all about, see what I posted after my February trip

Serving on KIPP NYC’s board for nearly two decades, I’ve seen firsthand the transformative education the schools provide, so I would be grateful if you would make a donation, which will be matched 1:1, to support my climbs so more KIPPsters can make it to and through college.  

Thank you! 


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.