2015 Baker Team
Climb for Captives is a community of people who use the outdoors to raise awareness and support for the fight against human trafficking. We call it adventure philanthropy.
Since 2008 we’ve been climbing mountains to rescue women and children from slavery. For each climb we partner with a non-profit that is working to bring freedom to victims of human trafficking and we give them 100% of the money we raise so that they can rescue as many as possible.
Rescue:Freedom International exists to empower the rescue and restoration of those suffering in sexual slavery and human trafficking. Rescue:Freedom works around the world with local partners who are responding to the unique needs in their communities to ensure that rescued women and children receive the care they need experience lasting freedom and true restoration.
In central India there is a home of hope for 44 rescued teenage girls. It is a home that the Climb for Captives team has been hearing about for some time and is particularly excited to partner with. Several months ago, climber Jeremy Vallerand was visiting the home and was deeply impacted by a conversation with a young 15 year old girl. Her mother was trafficked from Nepal before she was born and she was born into a brothel. Thankfully, the Rescue:Freedom partners there where able to get her out of the brothel and into the home before she was trafficked to another city. Shortly after, her mother passed away in the brothel, leaving her with no known living family members. As Jeremy prepared to leave, the girls asked him to promise that he would return to visit again. Not wanting to make a promise he wasn’t sure he could keep, Jeremy told the young girl that he would try very hard to come back soon, but could not promise when he would be able to. The girl looked at him, pondered, and then thought of a new question. “Do you promise that you will remember me?” Jeremy was prepared to make that promise!
This climb is part of that promise. It’s a declaration that “WE REMEMBER.” It is a commitment that we will not forget those who are suffering in slavery and exploitation, those who do not enjoy the freedom we so easily take for grantid.
Del grew up climbing with his Dad and older brother and has summitted every major peak in the Cascade range including 7 trips to the summit of Mt. Rainier from 3 different routes. Del was a founding member of the Climb for Captives team and has guided many teams on multiple mountains.
Jason has been a Washington resident since 1991. He’s married to his amazing wife Stephanie of 13 years. They have three wonderful children, Levi, Seth and the lovely Addison. Jason works as the executive lead of Reach Church. Jason and Stephanie have a passion to serve others.
Although my life is filled with beautiful blessings, I can not sit idle thinking about children and women who are being used for human/sex trafficking and the reality of what their world is like. Joining Climb for Captives for my first climb allows me to do something about this devastating reality.
Curtis has been married to his wife, Karie for 11 years. They have an 8 year old son and a 5 year old daughter. He is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Monroe fire department. Curtis is an avid outdoorsmen and loves climbing local mountains and even got to Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa last summer.
As a founding member of Climb for Captives Josh has summited on all Climb for Captives trips, including leading the team to the summit of Mount Baker in 2010 and Mount Rainier in 2013. Climb for Captives is the perfect opportunity for Josh to combine his love for the outdoors, great friendships and the fight against modern day slavery.
Robby is a family man with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for challenge and most any activity that takes him outdoors. Spending the early years of his life living in Seattle under the shadow of Mt. Rainier, he dreamt of standing on top. After three intensely gratifying (and painful) Mt. Rainier summits with C4C under his belt, the cause of combatting human trafficking has beckoned him to climb again.
My wife and I have become more educated on human trafficking and modern day slavery in the last decade. Since then we have supported several groups who work locally and abroad. We have long had a deep desire to be more involved in as many tangible ways as possible to bring awareness and change.
Based out of Columbus, Ohio Stephen has been fortunate to live, work, and travel 5 continents around the world. With years experience as an emergency department nurse in North America Stephen counts himself privileged to be on the front lines of those who see and can respond to human trafficking directly.
Ronda is a follower of Jesus at the City Church in Kirkland, WA and mother of two wonderful children. Along with her husband, Will, they have a heart for local children in need and became licensed foster parents this year, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child.
Dr. Dan Nelson grew up in Tacoma, Washington and is a graduate of the University of Washington and the University of Southern California. He has been practicing pain management since 1989 and had the honor of being named by Seattle Magazine as one of Puget Sound’s “Top Doctors.”
Darren was born and raised in the Seattle area. He returned after meeting his now wife, Laurel, in California during their college years. Darren recently started to fall in love with the beauty the Northwest mountains have to offer. He enjoys hiking and discovering new PNW adventures.
Ben is a founding member of Climb for Captives. He is a Seattle native and is a Managing Director for Cornerstone Advisors, a wealth management firm in Bellevue, Washington. Ben is the husband of 16 years to his wife, Angie, and the father to three children, Sam, Katie, and Lily.