“Back in 2010, I went on my first mission trip to Cambodia to work with the International Justice Mission; which provides legal protection to the poor in developing countries. The poor are much more vulnerable to violence and rarely see justice. Coincidentally, it was the same year I climbed my first mountain, Mt. Rainier near Seattle.
I found I really enjoyed mountaineering, and I gravitated towards IJM’s cause (no one else does what they do, and the data shows it’s effective!), so I decided to raise the IJM flag on all my summits. Since then, I have represented them through my high-altitude climbing in the Bolivian Andes, the Nepali Himalaya, the Scottish Highlands, and last week, the Russian Caucasus mountain range. I decided to climb the Seven Summits (the tallest mountain on each continent – a feat accomplished by less than 400 people) to raise even more awareness for IJM. I am looking forward to climbing in Antarctica the most!
Four out of 7 billion people live outside of the protection of the law – that is huge! I love that I can climb in beautiful countries to help close this gap. My hope is that everyone reading this is inspired to live their lives intentionally not for themselves, but in service for others. Can you imagine a world where more people did that?”
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