We are a Utah-based 501(c)(3) non-profit supported by a community of educators, guides, and outdoor enthusiasts. Our mission is to fund, support and educate underserved communities looking to expand their access and expertise in outdoors.
1. To Educate:
Our team of volunteer educators teach wilderness medicine and technical climbing safety to established guides and guides-to-be.
2. Environmental Stewardship:
Educating locals on their own ecosystems can create a better understanding of ecosystem connectivity, deepening their own understanding and respect for their land. It can also clarify environmental cause and effect symptoms. Leave No Trace is a conservation approach to utilizing recreational areas without creating further damage. The basic concept of LNT is to leave the space you recreate in better than when you got there so that the next visitors can have the same experience of wonder and beauty that the first visitors had. This creates a more authentic experience for visitors, making the sites more popular, and protecting it for future generations to enjoy and use. When teaching stewardship, it is important to discuss the prolonged use of recreational areas. The better the conservation efforts, the longer they can continue to use the areas.
3. Community Engagement:
We support efforts engaging in our local underserved communities and underserved communities abroad. Our current projects involve underserved youth through The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake, and Club de Andinismo Wayra- CAWAY in Huaraz, Peru. Both efforts are focused on equal access to the sport of rock climbing.
4. To Safely Outfit:
We donate new and used gear, clothing, and specialty equipment to the communities we serve.
5. To Foster Sustainability:
Keeping jobs in the community is only the beginning. In order to continue working in the outdoors, we need to respect and take care of our environment. As an organization dedicated to outdoor education, we also teach the use of Leave No Trace practices as well as assist in community clean-ups.