Most people have been spending the pandemic baking bread or watching Netflix. Kentucky native and passionate thru-hiker Brittney Woodrum spent it climbing all the 14,000-foot (aka “fourteeners”) mountains in Colorado.
While Woodrum — like all of us — was forced to put her life plans on hold this year, she decided to give back to the community by partnering with the nonprofit organization ShelterBox to help provide emergency shelter and tools (like hand soap) for displaced families facing the threat of COVID-19 around the world. As an ambassador for ShelterBox, she was inspired to put her love of the outdoors to good use and climb some of the most challenging mountains in the US to raise funding — and she did it all while carrying the organization’s iconic turquoise box (weighing 14 lbs) on her back.
At 27 years old, Woodrum climbed all 58 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in just 78 days, often camping or sleeping in her car. In pursuit of this achievement, she raised $85,000 from friends, family, and strangers.
According to Woodrum, she didn’t expect to raise more than $5,000, but “word seemed to spread very quickly and a lot of people were equally impassioned by ShelterBox’s mission and what I was doing. I have an immense amount of gratitude to everyone who came out to support me both virtually & physically.”
Even though she has summited all 58 fourteeners, it’s not too late to make a donation to the project and help Woodrum reach $100,000 in raised funds.