Have you dreamed of climbing a mountain? The Memphis Rox Summit Program was started to make that a reality. In this three-year mountaineering program, youth climb progressively challenging mountain peaks every year over a three-year period while learning technical skills and venturing out on one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences.
With the support and fiscal sponsorship of Memphis Rox Mentors Tom Lawrence and Ellie Bennet, the summit program provides travel arrangements for six youth from the Greater Memphis area to train and travel each year. Memphis Rox Coaching Staff joins every trip alongside a certified mountain guide to train and chaperone youth.
Over the last twenty years, Tom Lawrence has traveled the globe summiting peaks that include Rainier, Cotopaxi and Denali. With a drive to explore new heights, he and his partner Ellie have also taken on a handful of 14’ers along with Mt. Kilimanjaro. It’s through a kindred passion that they founded the Memphis Rox Summit Team in 2020.
“What I love about Memphis Rox is that it brings people together who probably would have never been together before,” Tom says.
While the summit team allows Tom and Ellie to share their love for mountaineering, it allows them to introduce youth to new experiences and mentorship.
Most significantly, the summit team allows Tom and Ellie to mentor youth while introducing them to mountaineering.
“We thought about what we could possible contribute to these kids lives,” Ellie says. “We’re fortunate to have the opportunity to give these kids an opportunity to explore the outdoors.”