Shannon Galpin founded Mountain2Mountain in November 2006. A rape survivor and mother, she realized she couldn’t just stand on the sidelines, watching women and girls routinely raped, oppressed and denied basic human rights. Believing that connecting communities on both sides of the equation was key to combating the apathy that prevents action and that changing perceptions was just as important as the tangible projects she strived to support in education and training, she developed events that involved communities and provoked discussion through art, music, and sport.
After four years working in various parts of Afghanistan working with women and girls. Shannon developed long-term strategies that focused on cyclical solutions in conflict zones globally that focused on connecting communities and sparking conversation. It was in the Kandahar women's prison, where Shannon was confronted with the power of voice, that became the genesis for Mountain2Mountain's programming - Combat Apathy.
An avid mountain biker continually focused on breaking gender barriers, in 2009, she became the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. In 2010 she became the first person to ride across Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley, which sparked the Panjshir Tour bike rides in the US. Along the way, she had a silver barette given to her by one of the women inside the Kandahar prison - a piece of that woman free as Shannon fights for the rights of women and girls around the world. She has been featured onDateline NBC, Today Show, Huffington Post and in Outside Magazine.