All photos courtesy of Joseph Wong and Climb and Conquer volunteers.

cc3Now in its second year and funded in part by a FMCBC Member Club Grant, Climb and Conquer Climbing (a registered charity founded by climbers at the Vancouver Rock Climbing Group) brings together disadvantaged youth for an unforgettable week of outdoor living and adventure. This year, the organization brought 28 youth to Squamish for what organizer Joseph Wong described as a “mega fun explosion” of climbing, hiking, and camping.

“For most of the youth, it’s their first time ever camping, sleeping in a tent, rock climbing, picking blackberries from the field, swimming in the ocean, and night hiking,” said Joseph. Volunteer leaders schooled them in the basics of outdoor cooking, bear safety and leave-no-trace principles, but the learning and laughter went both ways: “Kids are way more skilled than us in creating fun, telling stories and laughing non-stop out of nothing at all.”

Borne out of a simple desire to share their love of rock climbing, Climb and Conquer has become more about instilling confidence and a sense of adventure in a natural environment than scaling rock faces. “We truly believe outdoor adventures are the best entertainment and tools for building community, relationships, strength and leadership in future generations.”

To learn more about the Climb and Conquer Project, visit their website or check out their Facebook page. To learn more about FMCBC’s Member Grant program, to donate, or to submit an application to obtain funding for a project next year, click here.