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RUSS BARSTOW

Richmond, BC  |   President - SOH

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Russ Barstow is a high altitude mountaineer, the Founder and President of Summits of Hope. Summits of Hope's slogan "Everyone has a mountain to climb" means a lot to Russ. His cousin Ben was diagnosed with cancer at two years of age and succumbed to the disease three years later. Russ created Summits of Hope to raise funds in the pursuit of a cure for childhood cancer. It is his dream to have a national organization that raises funds to help children like his cousin Ben. "I always think of Ben when I climb. Ben's attitude as he battled cancer taught me how to triumph through adversity. He was the toughest person I ever met." Founded in 1999, Summits of Hope started with the goal of climbing four of the world's "seven summits" while raising funds for kids. Four years later, the team reached it's goal "at the top of Europe" Mt. Elbrus. "I could never have imagined where this idea would take me," says Barstow. "I can look you in the eye and tell you to believe in your dreams, because they will come true." And as Summits of Hope moves into the future, Barstow encourages more people to get involved. "We are the original 'travel with a cause' organization. We have been leading amazing adventures to the far reaches of our planet since 1999" says Barstow. "At our initial climb meeting, I always tell our teams to be ready for the adventure of a lifetime!" Expedition members are never disappointed. Russ spends a lot of his time giving lectures to corporate groups and schools. He wants Summits of Hope to inspire people to get 'out of the box' and lead a life of adventure, while making a difference in their community. "I believe we can make a difference in the way people get out and fund raise," says Russ. "But most importantly, I believe that our group can inspire others to understand that ANY mountain can be climbed, no matter how difficult, by taking small, steady steps toward the summit." "If you have ever dreamed of taking the adventure of a lifetime and making a difference Summits of Hope is here to help you realise your dream." Says Barstow. "It's easy - just choose an expedition and sign up." And remember: A life changing journey consists of many small steps... the hardest step is the first one. Sign up today, and take that step.
"Summits of Hope provides the adventure of a lifetime... While making a difference for kids" - R. Barstow

Past Climbs


  • Mt. Kilimanjaro 2001
  • Mt. McKinley 2002
  • Mt. Aconcagua 2003
  • Mt. Elbrus 2004
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro 2006
  • Ecuador 2007
  • Mt. Everest Base Camp 2008
  • Mt. Kilimanjaro 2009
  • Everest Base Camp 2010
  • Kilimanjaro 2011
  • Kilimanjaro 2012
  • Ecuador 2013
  • Everest Base Camp & Kala Patar 2014
  • Kilimanjaro 2016
  • Kilimanjaro 2017