Big City Mountaineers: Summit for Someone- A FA of Malaysia's Dragon Horns
Recently, San Franciscan, Luis "Lucho" Rivera and North Face athlete Cedar Wright headed to the Dragon Horns on Tioman Island in Malaysia to attempt a first ascent.
The pair are climbing to raise money for Big City Mountaineers, a group that mentors under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences to enrich lives, broaden horizons and instill critical life skills.
Lucho was a member of the Urban Pioneer Program in San Francisco, a group much like BCM. The group helped Lucho escape gang life in the Mission and explore the wilderness of Yosemite and the Sierra. "These programs are great because they take inner city kids into the outdoors and teach them valuable life and team building skills," said Lucho. "That's hard to get when you're in a gang or in the hood. These programs teach you how to work together and help one another instead of hurt one another."
Lucho and Cedar have climbed together on a number of occasions, making the first ascent of the Camp 4 Wall, a grade 5 5.12 route up the wall behind Yosemite's Camp 4 campground.
The North Face is also committed to supporting BCM kids and has pledged to match every dollar raised up to $4,000. Mountain Op
also promised to donate 25% of their profits to the program.
You can follow their travels on Cedar's blog
Labels: Cedar Wright, Lucho Rivera, Urban climbing programs