Frequently Asked Questions

Fundraising Climb FAQ

  • Should I tip the guides at the end?

    From IMG website:  “A show of appreciation for a job well done is always appropriate. We think you’ll agree that the guides go above and beyond the call of duty to make your climb as safe, successful and enjoyable as possible. Our guides typically pool the tips and share them equally. Your contribution to the guides’ tip pool can go directly to the lead guide on your program and will be appreciated by all of them! If you make out a check, please make it out to the lead guide by name. If you make it out to IMG, we are required to deduct taxes. The amount of tip is at your discretion, but tips for excellent service normally average 10-15% of the cost of the program.”

  • Is there a minimum age to sign-up?

    Yes, 18 years without a parent or legal guardian. With a legal guardian, 16 is generally the minimum. Please go to the IMG FAQ for more details.

  • Will any RBP leaders be on this trip?

    This is a fundraising climb, if an RBP leader wants to donate them may join the climb.

  • Will Recovery Beyond Paradigm recovery climbers be on this trip?

    This year’s Recovery Climbers will not be on this climb. However, there may be alumni from past year’s joining this group!

  • What gear do I need to provide?

    Please view the IMG Gear List. You can rent gear from the IMG Rental Shop on Day 1. Please also visit the IMG Rainier FAQ page.

  • Does the trip “cost” include personal climbing gear?

    No, but some items you can rent on Day 1 of the Climb, at the IMG Rental Shop. All group gear is provided for you. Please visit the IMG Rainier FAQ for more detail.

General Questions

  • Where is the organization headed?

    The organization will continue to build on the initial program and look to share what we provide with other organizations who are interested in replicating our process. We also plan to work out a mechanism to help graduates find stable housing, jobs, education, and careers where they can discover their own passion and purpose. When new programmatic ideas are presented, we test them to determine if and how they work to support the outcomes we expect and then develop programs based on the process and materials needed to create  repeatable delivery.

  • What comes after “The Climb” part of the program?

    With your financial support, we plan to develop an alumni program to maintain the community support long after the treatment program ends. We also intend to expand into other types of physical fitness and sporting events. A high percentage of graduates go on to be program volunteers, helping others attaining the same outcomes they now enjoy. The hard work pays off and a better life awaits those who try.

  • How do you plan for sustaining sobriety?

    This is the main reason for forming the Recovery Beyond Paradigm non-profit organization. Our founders were willing to financially keep the ‘ad hoc’ program going as it became apparent that the program was producing great results, we needed to plan for sustainable long-term funding to build out a more robust program that would support an ongoing and thriving community.

  • What are your metrics to date?

    The following chart shows how our program has worked over the last three years.


    Program Sobriety Average


    Percent Sober in 2014


    Percent Sober in 2015


    Percent Sober in 2016


    Year # Of Climbers # Sober % Sober (overall) # Summited # Sober Summited % Sober Summited
    2014 9 9 100% 3 3 100%
    2015 15 12 80% 7 5 71%
    2016 5 4 80% 3 3 100%
    Total 29 25 86% 13 11 85%
  • How do you measure success?

    Battling addictions is a lifelong process, so it’s really tough to determine trackable measurements. Measuring sobriety is difficult because it is ‘a day at a time’ process.

    We define our success as:

    “We have chosen to use “short and rare” relapse in our calculations, in other words, defined as less than a week and no more than 2 times per year.“

    The other question is ‘what constitutes a relapse.’ Statistics tell us the average addict goes through seven treatment programs before achieving a constant state of sobriety.

    We believe that every aspect of a person’s life impacts their ability to stay sober. This is the reason our Climbing Out of Homelessness program focuses on the whole person by providing people who care and people who are able to be called upon when a challenging situation occurs.

    We are developing more support for graduates after their initial participation in the program. Life isn’t easy for any of us, and former addicts must learn to break the patterns that lead to negative consequences of the past in order to lead a better life.