For most of us, coronavirus stopped our travel plans for the years. However, as Brittney Woodrum discovered, you can still go places alone! Now, this incredible woman has decided to raise money for those suffering from the pandemic in the way she loves best: climbing the mountains of Colorado!
Partnering With ShelterBox
Brittney Woodrum, a University of Denver graduate student, thought in 2020 she would travel all around the world. Unfortunately, COVID-19 put an end to those dreams. While the coronavirus may have put a stop to international travel, Woodrum would not let it squash her wanderlust. While thinking of how she could travel without posing harm to others during this crisis, the young woman had an idea! It seemed like the perfect time for Woodrum to accomplish one of her lifelong dreams: climb all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks! A quiet, meditative, and challenging prospect, the challenge seemed perfect for the current climate.
Woodrum understands just how incredibly lucky she is to be able to do something like this. So, the graduate student also decided to make her journey a charitable one. Not only will Woodrum climb all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot plus peaks, she’s also going to use it as an opportunity to raise money for ShelterBox!
For those not in the know, ShelterBox helps displaced families around the world find emergency shelter. They also deliver the essentials to those in need in their iconic turquoise box that carries everything one needs to survive in emergencies. Of course, recently, they’ve also helped with the COVID-19 crisis. In order to truly bring attention to the organization, Woodrum did more than use her hike as a way to make money. She carried all her equipment in one of the turquoise boxes, promoting the charity as she went! It was a challenging hike, no questions asked…
Thankfully, in just 78 days, Woodrum finished her amazing trip. As you might imagine, it included daily challenges and many rough nights. However, Woodrum climbed over 600 miles in total, raising $85,000 for ShelterBox along the way! Initially, Woodrum didn’t know if she would raise any money. Boy, did she prove herself wrong! “Word seemed to spread very quickly and a lot of people were equally impassioned by ShelterBox’s mission and what I was doing,” she said. “I have an immense amount of gratitude to everyone who came out to support me both virtually & physically.”
“There were a lot of variables involved,” Woodrum also stated. “From the weather to my health and well-being. I am so relieved that everything went better than expected.” Most of the nights, the ShelterBox partner spent in her car – she didn’t want to come in contact with others, and it felt way cozier than sleeping on a hill during the hike. “I really wanted to avoid going into towns and hotels to minimize my impact on the spread of the coronavirus.”
Believe it or not, in total, the traveler went to the grocery store only two times over the 78 days. “It was definitely an adventure. I ate a lot of mashed potatoes.” What an incredible young woman!