Become a Member. Elevate Your Journey.

Support, learn, and achieve — your Next Summit membership takes you and the entire outdoor recreation community higher.

The Next Summit promotes leave no trace and mountain safety education and advocacy. Our members make it all happen.

Why Become a Member?

At The Next Summit, our mission transcends hiking and climbing. It’s about nurturing a community built on sustainability, safety, and shared aspirations. By becoming a member, you don’t just support our cause; you amplify our shared voice. You’ll help us run education and awareness ads, organize training webinars and workshops, and advocate for peak access and conservation.

Three Membership Tiers: Choose Your Summit

All Next Summit Members support our work, receive our monthly members-only newsletter, and can join our Next Summit Advisory Group.

Summit Supporter

Lay the foundation for a thriving mountain community while unlocking exclusive insights and having a voice in our future.
$ 5
00 Monthly
  • LNT & Safety Advocacy Support
  • Exclusive Monthly Content:
  • Advisory Group Access
  • Personalized Trip Planning
  • 1:1 Peak Prep Coaching
  • Exclusive Yearly Summit T-Shirt


Get climbing with individual trip guidance, quarterly coaching, and play a critical role in upholding our mountain values.
$ 10
00 Monthly
  • LNT & Safety Advocacy Support
  • Exclusive Monthly Content:
  • Advisory Group Access
  • Personalized Trip Planning - 1/year
  • 1:1 Peak Prep Coaching - Quarterly
  • Exclusive Yearly Summit T-Shirt

Summit Champion

Achieve peak level with unparalleled access to expert coaching, trip planning perks, and an annual token of our appreciation.
$ 20
00 Monthly
  • LNT & Safety Advocacy Support
  • Exclusive Monthly Content:
  • Advisory Group Access
  • Personalized Trip Planning - 2/year
  • 1:1 Peak Prep Coaching - Monthly
  • Exclusive Yearly Summit T-Shirt

Meet Your Guide and Coach, Alex Derr

Alex has been climbing in the Colorado Rockies for more than six years, with 65+ ascents above 13,000 feet and 150+ camping nights in the backcountry. With more than 20 years of outdoor experience as an Eagle Scout and environmental policy expert, he has a broad yet deep knowledge of hiking, camping, and climbing in the mountains of the west.

Alex provides personalized trip planning support to members at Advocate and Champion levels. He can propose where to go, help create packing lists, and work with you to create a training plan. He specializes in 14er ascents, dispersed camping, and backpacking trips, but can help with other types of outdoor recreation too. Additionally, work with Alex during 1:1 virtual coaching sessions to prepare for your adventures physically, mentally, and logistically. 

Want to support The Next Summit but can’t commit to a monthly membership? Click here to make a one-time donation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Next Summit has several ongoing initiatives that its members support through monthly membership dues. This includes:

  • Operating and promoting our free monthly Mountain Skill-building Webinars.
  • Creation and dissemination of our route guides, how-to articles, and other free resources.
  • Advocating for changes to state law to help restore access to closed 14ers, trails, and other outdoor recreation areas.
  • Running advertising campaigns that build awareness and help the public learn how to stay safe and reduce their impact.

Learn more about what we do.

Choose one of the three plans above based on the level of support you wish to provide and the benefits you are interested in receiving. You can pay using a debit or credit card through Stripe, our payment processing partner. Memberships auto-renew each month until canceled. You can change your membership level or cancel it at any time by emailing us at

The Next Summit is a registered LLC in Colorado. Therefore membership dues are not tax-deductible at this time. However, the taxes paid by your contribution and by our organization also help support public lands and search and rescue. That’s a win-win and a big reason we choose to remain a private-sector social enterprise rather than a non-profit. 

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