Social and Environmental
Mountain Madness has a long history of reaching out to help the people who live in the places we visit. Today, we continue the vision of Scott Fischer and Christine Boskoff by working directly with special populations, donating trips for fundraising events, and collaborating with a variety of relief agencies, conservation groups, and NGOs.
Our clients are also given opportunities to make a difference during the course of many of our adventures. Whether it’s helping local school programs, working on community projects or visiting conservation areas, we believe in the power to make a difference.
Mountain Madness is involved with a variety of projects, donations and fundraisers, including:
Himalayan English Boarding School
As part of an ongoing mission to improve eduacational opportunities in Lukla, Nepal we've been involved with various fundraisers to help build this school. With an aim in part to preserve Sherpa culture this school will lessen the current trend of school children of all ages fleeing to Kathmandu for a better education, which usually means a loss of their traditions, language, and cultural history.
Nepal Earthquake Relief
Please take a look at a fundraiser that Mountain Madness is supporting that was set-up by MM guide Deana Zabaldo and her organization Changing Lives Nepal. Money will go direct to our staff in the Khumbu and the community near the Children's Home as they rebuild their lives. Click here to donate
Mateves Secondary School
Together with Around-n-Over and African Environments, Mountain Madness has been helping raise money and send supplies to the Mateves Secondary School in Ngorbob, Tanzania to bring education to the thousands of students in the area. Each year, enrollment continues to grow and the students show enthusiasm for their studies. Learn more about how to contribute to the expansion of the school to get classroom numbers down: Read more.
Changing Lives Nepal
Co-founded in 2008 by Mountain Madness guide Deana Zabaldo, Changing Lives Nepal is a non-profit that works with farmers to build sustainable organic cash crop programs and also supports a family-style orphanage. Learn more: www.changinglivesnepal.org, and read more about our efforts in Nepal here.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for the Changing Lives Nepal orphanage, and here to see what is needed for the Mateves Secondary School in Tanzania.
Climb for CARE
A fundraising adventure based in both Ecuador and Bolivia, which supports in-country programs in literacy, health and financial training.
CARE Kilimanjaro Climb & Safari
Fundraising participants visit local CARE projects prior to climbs in Zanzibar and Uganda. Participants raised $10,000 each to contribute to the efforts of CARE in Africa.
EmBOLDen Alliances believes every person deserves and has a right to life with health, dignity, and an opportunity for fulfillment. They support organizations, students, and individuals working in Global Health and Humanitarian Assistance, so they can maximize capacity and resources to actualize their communities’ visions. http://www.emboldenalliances.org
Mountain Madness & Around-N-Over
Mountain Madness partners with Around-N-Over to help build new schools for rural Tanzanian secondary students. Mountain Madness cofounder Wes Krause works closely with the project and numerous Kilimanjaro climbers have helped out. Please visit www.around-n-over.org
Room To Read
This non-profit organization helps establish schools, libraries, and other educational infrastructures world-wide. Former Mountain Madness owner Christine Boskoff was a board member of Room To Read and a school in Nepal is dedicated to her. Since 2007, Mountain Madness has donated $10,000 for the Room to Grow scholarship for girls. Please visit their website: www.roomtoread.org
Washington National Parks Fund
Washington's National Park Fund is the official fund raising partner for Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks, operating under a Partnership Agreement between each national park and the Fund. Annually, the park superintendents submit a wish list of projects that, except for charitable contributions, would not otherwise happen. Learn more: www.wnpf.org
Climb for New Schools
Participants climbed Mount Baker to raise funds for “Room to Read”, a non-profit organization that’s built new schools and libraries in rural areas in developing countries like Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia and India.
Save the Children Kilimanjaro Climb
A fundraising initiative created to raise support and awareness for Save the Children’s humanitarian programs in Africa and around the world.
Mt. Elbrus Climb for Kids
This fundraising effort provides medical assistance to orphaned children in Russia.
Climb for a Cause
A group of dentist across America that meets once a year to climb a peak in order to raise money to provide dental services for economically challenged youth.
The Porter Assistance Project (Nepal)
PAP works in partnership with the Inka Porter Project in Peru to educate tourists about acceptable standards of porter treatment and to motivate and empower porters to determine their own means of assistance by offering classes in English language, first aid and AIDS/HIV awareness.
Himalayan Stove Project
The Himalayan Stove Project is dedicated to improving the health of the people in the trans-Himalayan region by providing free, clean-burning, highly fuel-efficient cook stoves to individuals, families and communities who now cook with traditional, rudimentary stoves or open fires in their homes, consuming excessive amounts of precious fuel and polluting the indoor air to dangerously unhealthy levels. Learn more:
Travelers Against Plastic
Founded by the Executive Directors of two US based sustainable travel organizations, The TAP Campaign is an outreach initiative which aims to educate global travelers about the harmful impacts of plastic water bottles usage and encourage travelers to be prepared to clean their own drinking water. Their vision is to catalyze a self-sustaining global movement resulting it the near-elimination of travelers’ dependence on plastic water bottles. http://www.travelersagainstplastic.org/
Mountain Madness makes donations to a variety of causes related to conservation, education, and health programs including:
- Access Fund: www.accessfund.org
- Leave No Trace: www.lnt.org
- Seattle Parks Foundation: www.seattleparksfoundation.org
- King County Search & Rescue Assn.: http://kcsara.org
- American Himalayan Foundation: www.himalayan-foundation.org
- AAC: www.americanalpineclub.org
- Mountain Fund: www.mountainfund.org
- Friends of the Avalanche Center: www.nwac.us
- Around-n-Over: www.around-n-over.org
- Team Survivor Northwest: www.teamsurvivornw.org