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Scott Mestrezat

CLIMB: Create Your Own Climb
Climber Story

I've been dreaming up a several-month-long journey for years. This summer I am finally doing it. I have decided to stand-up paddleboard the length of the Missouri River (no, I don't mean the Mississippi). I will be starting at the headwaters in Southwest Montana and following the Missouri for 2400 miles until I reach the St. Louis Arch. My goal is complete the trip somewhere around the 100th day on the water.

Not only is this a personal mission for me, I also want to use my adventure to help give back to teens across the country who live in inner-cities and who may never get to experience the power of the wilderness that I am so grateful for. I've partnered with national non-profit Big City Mountaineers who transforms the lives of under-served urban youth through wilderness mentoring expeditions that instill critical life skills. They partner with community-based youth organizations and caring adult volunteers who act as mentors in the field to help young people realize their potential. Their curriculum improves integrity, self- esteem, responsibility, decision-making abilities and communication skills in close to 1,000 youth annually. BCM has a proven track record of improving young peoples' lives with:
• Increased likeliness to stay in school
• Reduction in violence
• Reduction in drug use

Obviously the wilderness has played a major part in my life and I'm asking you to help me give the gift of the wilderness to inner-city teens across the country. Wether you are able to donate $10 or $1,000, it will really make a difference and I will be humled and grateful.