Core Values at
The Next Summit

I started The Next Summit in 2019 with a specific goal in mind: Educating and assisting those new to the mountains to keep them safe, help them succeed, and protect these fragile peaks we love. Become a supporter to help me with this critical work, or learn more about my goals below. 

Helping Others Succeed in the Mountains

Climbing a mountain isn’t easy – there’s a reason why the lore of mountain climbing is a stable for stories on perseverance and overcoming challenges. The Next Summit is here to help other succeed in meeting their mountain goals, whether it’s climbing 1 fourteener or all 58. We have a special place in our heart for those new to the mountains, even if they’re unsure what their goals are yet. We can help them discover that too.

Promoting Safety & Risk Management

Climbing a mountain isn’t safe – search and rescue crews go on hundreds of mission each year to rescue injured, lost, or otherwise incapacitated hikers and climbers from the backcountry. The Next Summit focuses on sharing education and resources with those entering the Colorado mountains to stay safe, including the skills, gear, knowledge and know-how needed in the backcountry if something goes wrong.

Protecting the Peaks for the Future

As more and more people head to the mountain each year, our impact is steadily growing. The mountains, contrary to popular belief, are an extremely fragile landscape, where alpine tundra can take centuries to completely regrow after being trampled by hikers. The Next Summit works to educate all those heading to the mountains, especially those new to the area, on how to protect these peaks through their actions and advocacy.