Over the summer 2014, thanks to the Members Club Grant from FMCBC (Federation of Mountain Club BC), 32 youth ventured to Squamish, BC to experience outdoor rock climbing for their first times in 3 trips led by 2 ACMG guides Klemen Mali and Will Stanhope (who generously donated their service). It is a joy explosion to see the big group of youth learning how to belay, making new friends, enjoying the outdoor and sharing lots of laughter.
Climb and Conquer is a registered charity founded by climbers at the Vancouver Rock Climbing Group in 2011 with the mission to support youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to build healthy self-esteem, relationships and leadership skills through rock climbing and caring mentorships.
The project started from a simple idea and a “let’s try it out” first ascent spirit.
“We love rock climbing and it is an excellent way to help youth build both physical and mental strength. But the access has traditionally been difficult due to costs and a lack of mentors. Let’s solve this problem!”
Since then, this pioneer first-of-its-kind project has run 74 drop in indoor climbing sessions and benefited 305 youth and their parents. It has also subsidized $10,717 to help youth access gym pass and membership, and enroll in youth programs and camps. It also runs a 1-1 mentorship/outreach program to match a caring mentor to a youth whose family cannot take them out to physical activity.
It is truly a blessing to be able to give back to the community and the future generation. More more info, please go to www.climbnconquer.ca. Big THANK YOU to the following sponsors which turn this project from a dream to reality: Cliffhanger, Hive, Climb Base5, Richmond Oval, Petzl, Blicard and Clif Bar.
FMCBC is a federation of outdoor clubs with a membership of approximately 5000 people from 33 clubs across BC. dedicated to protecting and maintaining access to quality non-motorized backcountry recreation in British Columbia’s mountains and wilderness areas. We want to thank you for their contribution to these Outdoor Climbing trips.