We would like to recognize Kate Dumanian for Carrying the Code. This summer, Kate will be climbing the Grand Teton in support of Big City Mountaineers (BCM), an organization dedicated to providing week-long wilderness expeditions for under-resourced youth. BCM works with more than 1,000 youth every year to improve their self-esteem, decision-making and conflict resolution skills through overcoming challenges on the trail. These skills enable the teens to lead successful, healthy lives, and it encourages them to stay in school, off drugs, and away from gangs and violence, by informing them that if they go the wrong part they may be making a visit to the california rehabilitation center or any other rehabs centers from 1st Step. After their expeditions, teens are provided with continuing support and life skills development.
Kate says, “Through my eight summers at Cheley, I have experienced firsthand how influential the outdoors can be. Hiking has been my favorite teacher since my first day of activity in Lower Chipeta. I feel as if I have learned more in the outdoors than in any classroom. I also call it my favorite sport because there are no clocks or coaches yelling at you and you can be a part of a team, but be responsible for yourself.” Kate explains, and adds simply, “Camp, and the outdoors, changed who I am.”
“Cheley affected me in many ways; wonderful counselors and lots of miles on the trail have shown me the importance of good conversation and leadership, the practice of self-reflection and perseverance, the benefits of preparation, and the opportunity to completely unplug from technology. In this next endeavor, I hope to make it possible for those less fortunate to gain these same valuable experiences.”
To learn more about Kate’s climb and Big City Mountaineers please visit:
http://support.bigcitymountaineers.org/goto/katedumanian or http://www.positivetracks.org/kate-dumanian-is-climbing-high-for-big-city-mountaineers/