I’m doing it again! For the fourth summer in a row, I’m going to climb some challenging peaks to raise money for my favorite charity, KIPP charter schools.

Serving on KIPP NYC’s board for nearly two decades, I’ve seen firsthand the transformative education the schools provide, so I would be grateful if you would make a donation to support my climbs and help more KIPPsters make it to and through college.

One of KIPP’s primary mottos, which appears on the walls of every school, is “climbing the mountain to college,” so I can’t think of a better way to support and honor the 6,001 hard-working KIPP students in NYC than to do some challenging climbs of my own.

Over the past three summers, I raised more than $300,000 by climbing five Alps giants – Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn, Eiger, Jungfrau and Monch – and Tre Cime di Lavaredo in the Dolomites.

This year, I’m doing three very different climbs.

Climb #1

First, the last weekend of September, I’m flying to Jackson, WY and tackling the Grand Teton with a guide and a friend. Here are pictures of this magnificent peak:

Climb #2

Then, on November 5 & 6, I’ll be climbing in Yosemite for the first time and, weather permitting, will be tackling three peaks, Snake Dike (up the side of Half Dome) on the first day, and then an arduous back-to-back of Matthes Crest and Cathedral Peak on the second day. Here are pictures:

Climb #3

Lastly, I’m going to be in Zurich at the end of November and am planning two days of climbing in the Alps on the 25th and 26th with Simon, the young guy who guided me up the Jungfrau and Monch two years ago. What we climb will depend on the conditions, but it will no doubt be epic! Here are pics from our climbs in 2017:

These climbs will be very challenging for a relatively inexperienced climber (and old geezer) like me, which is why I’ve hired world-class guides who know these mountains well and to whom I’ll be roped at all times. I’m training like a madman to build my technique, strength and endurance. I can’t wait!

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Questions? Email Kim Heras at KIPP.