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The Next Summit takes a digital approach to educate the public about leave no trace and mountain safety. We support the outdoor recreation community with policy research and advocacy and collaborate with a network of partners. Learn more about our work or explore our resources below to tackle your own next summit.
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My name is Alex Derr. I started The Next Summit in 2019 to provide better resources for those new to the mountains. We leverage digital media strategies and tactics, like blogs, webinars, SEO and social media, to educate the public about leave no trace and mountain safety. We also work with a network of partners to fundraise, conduct research, and work on joint projects.
Today, we’ve reached more than 1,400 people with our training webinars, provide resources to more than 350,000 people, and have 75+ supporters and members who help make it all happen.
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We are a proud member of numerous coalitions and partnerships to promote Leave No Trace and preventative search and rescue best practices, while protecting outdoor recreation access in Colorado. Meet some of our partners below.
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I have route guides for hiking and climbing dozens of peak in Colorado and California. Find the right mountain and route for you and start planning your next adventure with The Next Summit.
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