"No parent should ever experience the pain of losing a child, we want to help other families avoid experiencing this kind of devastating loss."
Bob & Patty Bryant
On May 23, 1995, Bob Bryant's son, Danny, died of a drug overdose. Like many other parents who have suffered the loss of a child to alcohol and other drugs, Bob was determined to turn his tragedy into hope for others by raising funds to create an adolescent treatment center.
Since the summit climbs began in 1999, nearly $2.8 million dollars has been raised for treatment at the Daniel Bryant Youth & Family Center.
In 1999, Bob and Patty Bryant climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise funds to create a treatment program for adolescents in Santa Barbara. This event was named the "Summit for Danny." Later that year, the Bryants led a team of community leaders on a first ascent of an unnamed mountain in the Canadian Arctic. The funds raised from these two climbs enabled the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to open the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center on March 22, 2001.
In an effort to support the ongoing operations of the Daniel Bryant Center, Bob and Patty Bryant and a team of climbers successfully reached the peak of Peru's 20,000 ft. Mount Pisco in 2004. Since then, teams of climbers have gone to Ecuador, Bhutan, Patagonia, Mont Blanc, Bosnia, New Zealand, the historic Camino de Santiago in Spain, Norway, Southern Iceland and last year the Swiss Alps. This year's climb traverses Chile from Pucon to Puerto Varas, January 8-14, 2024. Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to participate. Climbs are uniquely designed for all skill levels. We hope you will consider joining the team or making a donation to support them!