Wow. We are blown away by the generous support and excitement that the recent crowdfunding campaign received. With the help of 541 donors and countless more people spreading the word, we successfully raised over $78,000 towards the Spearhead Huts Project. This is a massive success that will go a long way towards making the first hut along the Spearhead Traverse a reality.
These funds will compliment the substantial donation from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and supporting funds from the Resort Municipality of Whistler RMI funding, the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation and a vast net of personal and corporate donations over the years that will all combine to make the first of 3 backcountry huts a reality.
We are continuing to aggressively chase our goal of building the Kees & Claire Hut at Russet Lake this coming summer and fall 2017. Our funds are at a healthy level while we continue to receive personal donations and event funds, not only for this first hut to but to continue the momentum towards fundraising for the next two huts. Design, construction planning, and BC Parks approval process are all actively underway.
Stay tuned for important upcoming event announcements, construction volunteer scheduling, and more. We aren’t there yet, but we are closer than ever, and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyones help.
We’d like to extend a special thanks first and foremost to Arc’teryx for donating so generously to this crowdfunding campaign. We also need to thank Robin O’Neill for her generous photo print donations, and the amazing community of local guides and free skiers who have committed their time for the guided packages; Brent Phillips, Joe Schwartz, Simon Thompson, Julia Niles, Ross Berg, Chris Lawrence, Evan Stevens, Eric Hjorleifson, Matty Richard, Kye Petersen, Justin Lamoureux and more to be announced soon.
Thanks to the team who made the campaign happen – Andre Charland, Jamie Bond, Joe Schwartz, and to the many, many volunteers who helped spread the word far and wide.