Climb for Captives

2015 Goal - $75,000
Mount Baker, Washington July 12-15

Current - $31,353*

*total updated daily

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Climb for Captives is a community of friends who use outdoor adventure to raise awareness and support for the fight against human trafficking.

 

THE CAUSE

 

Million People In Slavery
World Wide

 

Percent of Victims
Are Minors

 

Percent of Victims Are
Women and Children

 

 

Billion Dollars Are Generated
by Human Trafficking Annually

 

Young indian girl in late afternoon sun.

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 mothers daygirl 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.

 

 

 

Mount Baker Climbers

 

 

Katie Bellows

2015 Baker Team

My husband Dana and I live in West Seattle with our Labrador retriever McKinley "Mac". We are expecting our first child Halloween 2015. Baby Bellows has already summited Mt Hood and Mt Baker, in the womb of course. We love to travel and climb. MT Rainier is our favorite.
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Garrett Birkeland

2015 Baker Team

Garrett has been married to his wife, Tahnee, for twelve years. Together they have two daughters, Esmee (8yrs) & Blythe (3yrs). Garrett serves as the Pastor of Community Impact at Northshore Community Church in Kirkland, Wa.

Del Chittim

2015 Baker Team

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 Chudnofsky

2015 Baker Team

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.

 

Marie Chudnofsky

2015 Baker Team

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.

Ryan Cox

2015 Baker Team

Ryan is inspired by the many films and real-life stories of those that have overcome odds, that have fought through pain, and still took one more step when they felt they had nothing left. That kind of persistence is something to be admired.

Curtis Greiner

2015 Baker Team

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.

Josh Hebert

2015 Baker Team

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 Hipp

2015 Baker Team

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.

Justin Jackson

2015 Baker Team

Justin was born in Oregon and moved to Washington in his mid 20s where he grew a love for the outdoors. Physical activity and pushing himself to the extreme has always been part of his love for life, whether that be hiking, extreme sports or weight lifting.

Joe Kauzlarich

2015 Baker Team

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.

Dan Lao

2015 Baker Team

Dan is married to Cherise and is the owner of Acuo Crossfit. Dan also serves in the Army reserves. Even though he has no previous, he is excited to join Climb for Captives for the Mount Baker climb this year.

 

Stephen Leimgruber

2015 Baker Team

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 McNae

2015 Baker Team

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

2015 Baker Team

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.”

Josh Taylor

2015 Baker Team

Josh is a Hawaii native and Senior Sales Manager for Amazon in Seattle, WA. Josh and Brittany have been married for 13 years. They have three sons, Ronan (9), Liam (6) and Declan (3) and are expecting their fourth, Aengus, in September.

 

Darren Trautmann

2015 Baker Team

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.

Jeremy Vallerand

2015 Baker Team

Jeremy grew up in the foothills of the Cascade mountain range just Northeast of Seattle. In early 2008, while travelling abroad, Jeremy visited a home for survivors of sex trafficking. The reality of modern-day slavery profoundly impacted him...

Ben Wicks

2015 Baker Team

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.

 

 
 
 
 

MOUNT BAKER

Mount Baker is one of Washington’s beautiful Cascade Range volcanoes. With an elevation of 10,778 feet, Mount Baker is the third highest, and iciest, peak in Washington state. Baker’s many glaciers open up in the summer and fall to expose amazing crevasses which make for fun, yet challenging mountaineering. We are excited to be heading up Mount Baker this July with a fantastic group of climbers who are passionate and excited about climbing for captives.

* Photo by Jason Chudnofsky *

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THANKS 

ALONG WITH HUNDREDS OF INDIVIDUAL DONORS, THESE COMPANIES HELP MAKE CLIMB FOR CAPTIVES A REALITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Trailhead

$4,000

  • Promotion of your company Name + Logo + Link on the C4C Website
  • Personalized quote from C4C team expressing appreciation for your support
  • Mention on C4C Facebook and Twitter
  • Framed summit flag presented to you with C4C team photo
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Basecamp

$6,000

  • Promotion of your company Name + Logo + Link on the C4C Website
  • Personalized quote from C4C team expressing appreciation for your support
  • Mention on C4C Facebook and Twitter
  • Framed summit flag presented to you with C4C team photo
  • Picture of your logo on C4C summit flag on the mountain
  • Personalized video filmed on mountain from C4C team
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Summit

$10,000

  • Promotion of your company Name + Logo + Link on the C4C Website
  • Personalized quote from C4C team expressing appreciation for your support
  • Mention on C4C Facebook and Twitter
  • Framed summit flag presented to you with C4C team photo
  • Picture of your logo on C4C summit flag on the mountain
  • Personalized video filmed on mountain from C4C team
  • Weekly social media posts prior to climb and daily during the climb
  • Personalized video from Rescue:Freedom reporting on the impact of your giving
  • Logo and Link and the C4C website during 2014 climb

 

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