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Blair Estep - Team TeufelHunden’s Vertical Challenge

Proceeds benefit American Friends of Whistler


Based on 1,267 100-vertical feet, each worth $1.54

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Support Blair Estep’s Downhill Derelympic Vertical Challenge!

This year the Downhill Derelicts are teaming up with the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program, a non-profit group that supports sport for life by breaking down the financial, physical and social barriers for individuals with disabilities. Whistler Adaptive empowers individuals through access to one of the world’s best mountain resorts, providing them with the environment, support and opportunity to become physically active and focus on their abilities rather than disabilities.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in…where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike” –John Muir

Sports, and the beauty and ruggedness of the outdoors, have played a significant role in the growth of our family. Please consider helping us make sports and the rewards of the wilderness important in the growth of someone else’s life.

I’m asking you to sponsor my Downhill Derelympic Vertical Challenge campaign by pledging just 1-cent ($0.01) per 100-vertical feet I ski during the five-day ski-a-thon.I’m going to earn every penny we raise with sweat, grit, and I’m sure a few sore legs and feet by weeks’ end.

Our group has a goal this year of raising $7,500 as a group which can sponsor up to seven athletes for an entire year or purchase a mono-sit-ski to make accessible the mountains and wonder that stokes our minds and humbles our souls. I’m hopeful that with your help and generosity, we can exceed this goal and share the wonder and beauty of alpine sports with those who would otherwise never experience it.

The average vertical feet skied by participants last year was 100,000. At 1-cent per 100-vertical feet, that equals a total donation of just $10.00.

Why It Matters?

Competitive sports and recreation teach important social and psychological skills for both children and adults alike. Competition teaches us how to set goals, learn at faster rates, manage our nerves, to bring our best efforts, and to have grace in both victory and defeat. In a very direct sense, competitive activities teach us how to live life better.

However, for over 620,000 US children under the age of 20 suffering from ambulatory disabilities, competitive sports and recreational activities are often inaccessible or unaffordable.

Who Benefits?

For over 15 years, Whistler Adaptive has allocated resources for equipment and volunteer training to work with a range of individuals suffering from disabilities. With a full range of programs, coaches, facilities and a great home base, Whistler Adaptive is committed to developing athletes at the grassroots level all the way to the podium while encouraging participation in sport for life. Whistler Adaptive is a registered 509(a) charity.

Semper Fidelis and Thank You!


DateName100-vertical feetEarned
3/20Downhill Derelicts Vertical Challenge1,267$1,951

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