Alpine Mentors promotes alpinism by encouraging, coaching and climbing with technically proficient young alpinists who aspire to climb the world's greatest mountains in a lightweight, low-impact style.
We are a 501(c)3 federally registered non-profit program sponsored by Polartec, Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Grivel, La Sportiva, Asolo, MSR, and Innate gear. 100% of the work and mentoring is volunteer. Funds raised support the costs of mentors' travel, food, and lodging. The young climbers pay nothing except their personal expenses.
Recent mentors have included: Ines Papert (D), Jon Bracey (UK), David Goetler (D), Scott Backes(US), Steve Swenson(US), Raphael Slawinski(CAN), Vince Anderson (US), Bryan Gilmore (US), all of whom gave generously of their time, experience, and wisdom to help train the next generation of alpinists!
The Baltistan Education Foundation
The Baltistan Education Foundation was conceived during an expedition to northern Pakistan's Baltistan region in 2004 and is funded by a network of like-minded individuals from across the United States. The mission of the BEF is to provide financial support and educational opportunities to students in the region of Baltistan where many of Pakistan's highest peaks, including 4 of the world's 8,000-meter peaks, reside.
We initially created 3 individual scholarships given to promising young male and female students who aspire to a university education. We pay the salaries and lodging for two female primary-school teachers in the tiny village of Kande where they educate 45 girls five days a week.
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