What: Youth from Tacoma Rescue Mission climb Mt. Baker on a week-long trip. Most of the youth at the mission have parents who are in transitional housing and/or treatment, and have never camped or climbed a mountain. Two of the Junior Guides, Josh and Tyler Lingbloom, went through the program last year while having a difficult time after the death of their mom. They became friends with the leader/outfitter& guide, Austin Dannen, who kept in touch with them, mentored and trained them. Their father, Brad Lingbloom, said the experience changed their lives. They are willing to discuss their stories. See the note below about their experience from the outfitter and guide Austin Dannen.
Who: Five-six teens from Tacoma Rescue Mission. Peak 7 Adventures has been taking Tacoma Rescue Mission kids climbing, rafting and backpacking for five years. Students from Gonzaga University's Leadership Master's Program raised funds for the youth to climb Mt. Baker.
The youth will be talking about their experiences daily on their trip blog:
Follow the trip FB page: Peak Seven
When: Aug. 6-9
DEPART: Aug. 6, 7 a.m. group will be outfitted at their Kent warehouse; noon leave from the trailhead. (see directions below).
RETURN: Aug. 9, 7 a.m. break down camp, 11 a.m. arrive at trailhead.
Where: Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mt. Baker.
Directions: From the Mount Baker Ranger District office in Sedro-Woolley, follow State Route 20 east for 16 miles to milepost 82. Turn left (north) on the Baker Lake Highway (Forest Service Road #11). At 12 miles, turn left on Forest Service Road #12. Travel 3.6 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road #13. Stay to right and follow Road #13 for 5.3 miles. The trailhead is located at the end of Road #13. The camp is five miles up to the top of railroad grade.
Contact: Austin Dannen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425.296.7773 or 503.893.2039. Contact for Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: Jon Vanderheyden, email@example.com, o: 360-854-2601, c: 360-428-7556.
Note from outfitter and guide about Junior Guides Josh and Tyler Lingbloom:
“After last year's trip on Mt. Baker I got a call from a dad whose two sons had participated in the trip. That year their mother had died from alcoholism and the older sister ran away into the drug scene. He said the boys were up till 1 a.m. telling him of their adventure. They loved the trip. They had wanted to give up several times along the way, but they encouraged each other to the top. He said that the brothers encouraging each other up Baker had grown them closer together; they respected each other so much more. This was their first major introduction to the outdoors They are now Junior Guides for Peak 7. Tyler, the youngest brother, is starting to save money to invest in outdoor gear. He carries extra weight in his pack to school to train and is going on any outdoor opportunity that he can. This week they have been taking younger kids rock climbing out at North Bend and are excited to help other youth from Tacoma summit as they too face the most challenging physical experience of their lives.”