Our Source Story
In 2014, our LEAP co-founder had a lofty goal to raise $100k in order for LEAP to become a self-sufficient non-profit organization. If we did this, we could continue empowering people who are facing adversity and trauma by providing them therapeutic wilderness programs on rivers for years to come. He knew we needed to do something big, and we did. 22 people spent 11 days paddling the entire length of the Salmon River in Idaho, kayaking over 425 miles in just 11 days.
While our entire Source-to-Snake journey was momentous, there was something that stood out above all; the cohesiveness and supportiveness of those on the trip, despite being so disparate. Variance in age and skill level did not matter, everyone was supportive and engaged with each other the entire trip. Like we instill on LEAP programs, we did whatever it took to make sure that each and every one of us had it within ourselves to succeed—and we did.
The challenge of this trip is nothing compared to the adversity our program partners encounter on a daily basis. We are forever thankful and honored by their strength and courage.
Jim Crystal & Matt Reimann
LEAP Co – Founders
SOURCE to sea
You, too, have the power to rehabilitate, motivate and inspire.
Goal: Raise $150,000
October of 2016
Rogue River Wilderness, Oregon
44 miles of hiking over 2 days, from the headwaters of the Rogue River on the slopes of Mount Mazama.
180 miles of paddling over 4 days in individual inflatable kayaks through class I - IV rapids through one of the most scenic river canyons in the U.S to its termination at the Pacific Ocean
We will be staying in hotels/lodges each night with showers and beds. You will need to share a room with another participant. All breakfast and dinners will be provided at our places of lodging. All snacks and lunches will be provided riverside by organization staff and volunteers. Once registered, a detailed packing list and itinerary will be provided. Most will be provided for your trip needs, but you'll need to bring clothing and other personal items.
For full expedition logistics please visit our event website
Participation Options + Fundraising Requirements
For all options, $500 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied to your total fundraising agreement, secures your spot, and covers all shared lodging, food, equipment, and shuttle expenses. Source events raise money by participants asking their friends, family, and work to sponsor them in the challenge, with all proceeds going to LEAP. Upon registration a site will be provided to manage your fundraising efforts.
Options and respective fundraising requirements:
Full Trip: $3,000
Float Only: $2,000
Hike Only: $1,000
Volunteer: $500 Help! We need volunteers to support our expedition: shuttle driving, gear management, safety watch. If you would like LEAP to arrange and supply your food and lodging while you volunteer we ask you fundraise or donate $500 to help cover expenses.
We want everyone to be able to participate in our expedition fundraisers. That's why Source events, much like walk-a-thons, raise money by participants asking their friends, family, and work to sponsor them in the challenge. This peer to peer fundraising offers individuals who may not be able to join in the expedition themselves the exciting opportunity to support the efforts of expedition participants and LEAP. Upon registration you will receive marketing materials and instructions on how to maximize your fundraising networks as well as a site to manage all incoming donations and sponsorships.