Donate and win prizes! I will ride 168 miles on a ROAD bike in one day!

Please visit my fundraising website and donate to support Washington’s National Park Fund and Mt. Rainier’s search and rescue efforts.

This summer, I’ve decided to undertake RAMROD, which is to Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day on July 30, 2015. This will be a 168 mile road ride with 10,000 ft of climbing and it will circumnavigate Mt. Rainier. I am joining a group of fellow employees to raise money for Washington’s National Park Fund which supports Mt. Rainier’s search and rescue efforts. My fundraising goal is $1,000.

Not all of you may know that prior to my obsession with bikes, I was way into climbing. I spent all my weekends in college at the Gunks in New York State, and then I began to branch out further and further, covering ground in the Adirondacks, Red River Gorge, New River Gorge, Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Yosemite, Squamish, and the Bugaboos (to name just a few). I also got into ice climbing and mountaineering, taking multiple trips to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru and climbing Aconcagua, unguided. It also became part of my livelihood when I became a guide in the Gunks and Joshua Tree.

This is such a unique opportunity: I get to ride my bike to support the world of climbing!

To incentivize your donation, your contribution of $25, $50, or $100 will put you into drawings for great products and services. They are as follows:

$25 donation = 1) 2 doz homemade cookies shipped/delivered overnight, 2) Hammer Nutrition sampler pack and water bottle

$50 donation = 1) Feed Zone Portables Cookbook, 2) fi’zik bicycle saddle bag, Cateye red light, and SRAM watch 3) Bicycle Tune Up (if your bike is located in the Seattle area)

$100 donation = 1) Haircut & style by Marcia Galan of Pure Alchemy Salon – in Seattle, WA only, 2) Framed photograph by Mark Vollmer, professional outdoor photographer of the Reno-Tahoe area, “Clearing Storm, Lake Tahoe, from Tahoe Rim Trail, NV, 3) Framed photograph by John Okner, professional outdoor photographer of the New Paltz, NY area, 4) Framed photograph by John Okner, of Lofoten, Norway, and 5) Framed photograph by John Okner of the Adirondacks.

Below are the 4 photographs that you may get to choose from if you donate $100.

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Clearing Storm, Lake Tahoe, NV

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Fire Sky in the Adirondacks, NY

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Lofoten, Norway

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Rocky outcropping, New Paltz, NY

I will do the drawing on July 15th and winners will be announced by August 1st. The first person drawn gets first choice of prizes within their donation category, second gets to pick next, etc….

Visit my fundraising website to donate and to be entered into the drawing to win great prizes!

A huge THANK YOU for the generous support of Jared Vigil, Marcia Galan, John Okner, and Mark Vollmer. Marcia Galan is an exceptional hair stylist working from Pure Alchemy Salon. Most know that I used to exclusively wear my hair in a pony tail, but her wizardry with scissors has allowed me to enjoy wearing my hair down! You can schedule an appointment with her at

More of John Okner’s amazing work can be viewed at

Mark Vollmer is an award-winning outdoor photographer, writer, and instructor living in Reno, NV. For more information on his work, you can contact him through email at:

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