Bert Woodrum's mission to climb 58 mountain peaks for ShelterBox USA

58 Peaks For Charity

Climbing Colorado’s 58 “Fourteeners” is a rite of passage for every aspiring mountaineer. Towering over 14,000 feet, these mountains rank as some of the tallest and most challenging in North America.

Brittney “Bert” Woodrum made it her mission to summit all 58 peaks with the iconic ShelterBox on her back to raise awareness  and funding for ShelterBox. 

She shares, “It’s funny, but it seems the less I have, the happier I am. When I moved to Myanmar a couple years ago, I was living in a Buddhist nunnery to help start a language school. While there, the nuns taught me a lot about the idea of “impermanence.” With a desire to learn more, I eagerly dove into their way of life, shaving my hair and donating nearly everything I owned. These women became my entire life: they were my students, my friends, my teachers, and my sisters, and I still remember how surreal it all seemed. These women had nothing compared to life I was used to, yet their lives were overflowing with joy and purpose. This was where I learned the true meaning of community, and a little over a year later when I hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT), these lessons seemed to resurface all over again.

I am a big believer in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. On the bottom of the pyramid you have your physical staples, such as food, water and shelter. On the AT, I never worried about finding those foundational necessities, but I did play a significant role in providing those things for myself and others each and every day. Being able to ensure that those around me had what they needed to survive gave me an immense amount of fulfillment; however, it also made me realize how many people don’t have that sense of security.

That’s what really drives me. No one should have to worry about where their shelter will come from, and that’s why I was really struck by ShelterBox’s mission.”

That’s what really drives me.  No one should have to worry about where their shelter will come from, and that’s why I was really struck by ShelterBox’s mission.
– Brittney “Bert” Woodrum

About Bert

Brittney “Bert” Woodrum became a ShelterBox Ambassador nearly a year ago when she began her masters in Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Denver.

A Kentucky native, she graduated from the University of KY in 2015 with a focus in Nonprofit Administration and Spanish and, over the past four years, has put her education to good use, working for a variety of NGOs across the globe. In her free time, Bert enjoys studying languages, cycling, and hiking.

As an avid thru-hiker, she has completed the entirety of the Appalachian Trail and Camino de Santiago and hopes that before leaving Colorado, she’ll have the opportunity to explore all that the Rockies have to offer.

Above all else, however, Bert’s ultimate goal is to be of service to the global community and plans to dedicate her life to solving logistical challenges across the field of Humanitarian Assistance.

Summit Schedule

Fri 7/10               Culebra Peak – Marlise Skinner

Sat 7/18               Pikes Peak – Rotary Club of Broadmoor

Sun 7/19              Grays & Mount Torrey – Rotary Club of Summit County

Mon 7/20            Longs Peak – ShelterBox USA Board, Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary

Tues 7/21            Mt Bierstadt Rotary Club of Denver Cherry Creek & Mt. Evans – Rotary Club of Brighton, District #7150 Rotary Club of Utica

Fri 7/24                Quandary Peak – Rotary Club of Summit County

Sat 7/25               Democrat, Cameron, Lincoln – Rotary Club of Breckenridge Mountain, Bross

Sun 7/26              Mt. Sherman – Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Sunset

Tues 7/28            Mt. of the Holy Cross – Rotary of Glenwood Springs Sunset

Thurs 7/30          Mt. Massive – Bruce & Cindy Heller

Fri 7/31                Mt. Elbert – Rotary of Glenwood Springs Sunset

Sat 8/1                 La Plata Peak

Sun 8/2                Huron Peak – Rotary Club of Aurora Fitzsimmons

Mon 8/3              Missouri Mountain – Highlands Ranch Rotary 

Wed 8/5              Mt. Belford & Mt. Oxford- Rotary Club of Greeley Red Eye

Thurs 8/6            Mt Harvard 

Fri 8/7                  Mt. Columbia – Rotary Club of Mead

Sat 8/8                 Mt Yale

Sun 8/9                Mt Princeton – Smoky Hill Rotary

Mon 8/10            Mt Antero – Sopris Realty and A Sanctuary Spa (Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Noon)

Tues 8/11            Tabeguache – Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast (Joe & Annie McCarthy)  & Mt Shavano

Sat 8/15               Castle Peak & Conundrum – Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Noon

Sun 8/16              Pyramid Peak – Rotary Club of Carbondale

Mon 8/17            Maroon- Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary & North Maroon Peak 

Wed 8/19            Snowmass Mountain – Rotary Club of Snowmass

Thurs 8/20          Capitol Peak – Rotary of Glenwood Springs Sunset

Mon 8/24            San Luis Peak – Rotary Club of Golden

Tues 8/25            Wetterhorn Peak – Rotary Club of Centennial

Wed 8/26            Uncompahgre Peak- Denton-Lake Cities Rotary Club 

Thurs 8/27          Redcloud Peak – Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Noon & Sunshine Peak – Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Noon, Carol Fellows 

Fri 8/28              Handies Peak – The Woodrums

Mon 8/31            Mt Sneffels  – The University Hills Rotary Club 

Tues 9/1              Wilson Peak – Katherine Fick

Thurs 9/3            El Diente – Tito’s Vodka & Mt Wilson

Fri 9/4             Mt Eolus & N Eolus Durango High Noon Rotary

Sat 9/5                 Windom & Sunlight Peak – Rotary Club of Steamboat Springs, Pine River Valley Centennial Rotary Club

Fri 9/11                Mt. Lindsey – Rotary Club of Denver Stapleton

Sat 9/12               Blanca Peak – Debbie Dalby & Ellingwood Point

Sun 9/13              Little Bear Peak – Rotary Club of Northglenn-Thorton

Mon 9/14            Humboldt Peak – Rotary Club of Five Points RiNo

Wed 9/16            Crestone Peak –  Greeley Rotary Club & Needle – Rotary Club of Boulder Valley

Thurs 9/17          Kit Carson – Loveland Mountain View Rotary & Challenger- Rotary Club of Glenwood Springs Noon

Sat 9/26              Pikes Peak – Rotary Club of Broadmoor


*Rotary Club sponsorships will receive a picture of Bert with your Club banner at the top of your peak. Sponsors are marked in green.

*Supporter sponsorships will receive a picture of Bert with an item or picture of your choosing at the top of your peak.

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