REI climb team MORA 2016
REI climb, 2016. Kelly Jackson photos
REI climb for a cause
The REI team – proud to climb for a cause!

Climbers give back as they summit

Each year, employees from Microsoft, REI and other area companies and foundations raise funds for Washington’s National Parks by climbing Mount Rainier, Mount Shuksan (North Cascades) or Mount Olympus (Olympics).

Through a partnership with three amazing climbing guide services – Alpine Ascents International (AAI), International Mountain Guides (IMG), and Mountain Madness (MM) – employees join together to raise funds for our national parks. Their efforts both give back and enable them to check a box off of their bucket lists. Climbers and their colleagues, friends and families contribute to Washington’s National Park Fund. Climbers realize their dreams to climb Washington’s iconic mountains. In most cases, the companies they work for match their gifts. Over the past few years, determined and fearless teams have taken time away from work to give back to the national parks they know, use and love.

More than $100,000 was raised in 2016 by generous climbers from REI and Microsoft and from the community. Funds benefit search and rescue programs at Mount Rainier; the restoration of Fishers at Mount Rainier; the creation of an Emergency Operations Center in North Cascades Park; and the Understanding Shrinking Glaciers research at Olympic National Park.

Enjoy a first-hand account on our blog, “My Chance to Summit Rainier,” from Shannon Appleby. She climbed as part of the Microsoft team guided by International Mountain Guides in July. And, enjoy this video put together by fellow climber (and Shannon’s future sister-in-law) Aubrey Hughes.

I knew it was my chance. Not only would I have the opportunity to climb with amazing guides at International Mountain Guides (IMG), but I could climb Rainier for a great cause – to raise awareness and money for WNPF

To support this year’s teams and climbers, visit their fundraising pages.

NOTE: If you/your company would like to learn more about our climbing program, please contact Laurie Ward.


  • Mount Rainier climbs with International Mountain Guides (IMG) on the Disappointment Cleaver route have been set for July 13-16 and August 10-13.
  • Additional dates are in the works!
  • Reach out to Ashley Stokes at for more information

MS Rainier Climb July 2016 Shannon Appleby photo
Shannon Appleby photo

MS Rainier climb July 2016 group eating Shannon Appleby photo
Microsoft team climbers, 2016