Team Asha Climbing 2019

Team Asha Climbing is a very popular program at our Seattle chapter. In 2019, some of the volunteers from Seattle and SV chapter have come together to expand this program to Bay Area.

Your first step to climb Mt.Shasta

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    Why Climbing?

    Unleash the adventure seeker inside you, push your boundaries and achieve something extraordinary.

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    Target Mt.Shasta

    The training program will help you summit Mt.Shasta in June.

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    Athlete Resources

    The program will organize weekly hikes that will help you build the endurance required for summiting a 14-er. There will be snow skill training and gear Clinics. Team Asha will direct you to additional resources that will make you knowledgeable about summiting 14-ers.

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    Volunteer driven

    The program is completely driven by a bunch of volunteers who are passionate about the cause of Asha for Education. All our coords volunteer their time to make the program successful.

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    Support A great cause

    Team Asha athletes raise funds for Asha for Education, Silicon Valley chapter, which helps support education initiatives for underprivileged children in India. In 2018, Team Asha Seattle Climbing program raised ~ $43K.


If you are worried about committing to the program, we invite you to the first two weeks which are open to all without a need for enrollment or a commitment to fundraise.

By 4th weekend, you would be required to ‘recommit’ to our program: a commitment to finish your fundraising target as per our deadline.

  • Attempt Mt.Shasta
  • $500
  • If (for any reason) the athlete cannot attempt Mt.Shasta
  • $250
  • Fundraising Deadline
  • June 30, 2019

All the money raised through this program gets distributed among 20+ NGOs that we work with across India.
Donors like you help us ensure that kids don’t just attend school and they actually learn. We support our project partners in India who have diverse education needs – it could be a supplementary school, school with special needs, vocational training classes or digital education.To give a brief idea of some of our projects:

To learn more about our projects and locations, please visit

Asha for Education is a 100% transparent and volunteer driven organization. Every single $ you raise is dispersed to our projects. All the coaches train athletes for no cost and in fact many of them fundraise just like any other athlete enrolled in our program.

In 2018, our Team Asha athletes raised ~300K. Asha for Education Silicon Valley chapter dispersed 565K to 20+ projects impacting the lives of 28,000+ children in India. Check out our 2018 annual report here.

  1. Start your fundraising early – this helps in reaching out to more people and raise way more than your minimum target.
  2. Most of the profit companies in the Bay Area do company matching. All your donations can be doubled by applying for company match. Check here if your company has a donation matching program.
  3. Every single hour you volunteer for ANY NGO can be used towards your fundraising through ‘volunteer hour grants’.
  4. Another great way to fundraise is to organize a lunch sale at your workplace or in your friends circle. You also get a chance to explain about various projects Asha supports. Read this article to see how a Alumni raised funds.
  5. Lose your inhibitions – you are asking people to donate for a great cause. It’s important to explain why you are training through Team Asha and how proud your donors should be because they are helping every child in leading a better life!
  6. If you are artsy & crafty, this will be an amazing way to show your talent. You can ask people to donate towards your FR for every item you sell.
  7. General donations to Asha for Education by the athlete in the same fiscal year can be accounted towards FR target. (donations to fundraising campaigns such as Work An Hour, Support A Child etc and events will not be considered).
  8. Tips from our Asha alumni.
    Be sure to attend our fundraising clinic to learn more!
This is a very valid concern that every new member of Team Asha has. We will help you with ideas, materials, fundraising clinics etc to help you with your fundraising. During every weekend training, your group captain will help you keep on track. Till date, more than 80% of our bikers have raised more than the minimum fundraising targets.
Team Asha mentors and other Asha volunteers will work with you throughout the program and beyond to help you honor your pledge of raising the target amount. Please see this program as a means of supporting and encouraging the underprivileged children and not simply a biking-training program. Without your fundraising efforts, it would be difficult for Asha to continue supporting these projects. We urge you to do your best to honor your commitment in helping these children. If in the end you still fail to reach the target then you are required to cover the balance by yourself.
Asha for Education is a 100% volunteer driven organization. Asha-SV has a list of projects we support every year. 100% of your donation goes towards the projects because our operating expenses will be covered by the registration fee you pay. If you want to donate to a particular project of your interest, please contact


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    Info session & Signup Sheet Open

    Feb 26, 2019 7:00 PM – Sports Basement, Sunnyvale

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    Registrations Due

    March 7, 2019

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    Introductory Online Session

    March 7, 2019

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    First Hike

    March 9th or 16th.

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    Snow Gear Online Session

    March 29, 2019

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    Recommitment Deadline

    March 30, 2019 – This is the last date to withdraw from the program. Anyone who continues to train beyond this date will be required to fundraise the minimum amount.

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    Team Shortlist (if needed)

    April 15, 2019

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    Overnight Preparation Online Session

    April 25, 2019

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    Snow Skills Technical Theory - Online Session

    April 30, 2019

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    Snow Skills Practice

    May 2019

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    Final Evaluation

    Early June 2019

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    Summit Mt.Shasta

    June 3rd/4th weekend based on weather and snow conditions

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    Fundraising Deadline

    June 30, 2019