Why I Climb – Jeremy Vallerand
I grew up outside of Seattle, in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, where Mt Rainier dominates the skyline. I was 12 years old when I first heard about someone climbing Mt Rainier, and I knew that someday I would stand on the top of the summit. I’ve always loved being outside, exploring the wonders of creation, and being immersed in the wild. As a teenager I had the opportunity to teach outdoor education to young elementary students, and I discovered the simple joy of watching others develop an appreciation for nature and adventure. Those things are my primary motivators for climbing… exploration, wonder, adventure, the joy of sharing it with others, and the camaraderie that climbing creates. While Climb for Captives represents all those things, it is also something particularly special and unique to be a part of. I love Climb for Captives because it represents the ability that we all have to utilize our passions, interests, and hobbies to make a positive impact in the world. I love to climb and be outside with friends… and until Climb for Captives, I never thought that those things could also be used to help advance a cause that is close to my heart.