In the summer of 2014, 32 youth travelled to Squamish, BC to experience outdoor rock climbing for the first time. Climb and Conquer Outdoor Climbing (which is a registered charity founded by climbers at the Vancouver Rock Climbing Group) was awarded an FMCBC Member Club Grant to carry out three trips led by accredited volunteer guides Klemen Mali and Will Stanhope.
According to organizer Joseph Wong, the project began as a simple idea, combined with a “let’s try it out” first ascent type spirit. “We love rock climbing and it is an excellent way to help youth build both physical and mental strength. But access has traditionally been difficult due to costs and a lack of mentors.”
Funding from the FMCBC went a long way towards helping Climb and Conquer’s organizers realize their goal of getting kids outdoors and engaged in the sport. “It was a joy to see the group learning how to belay, making friends, enjoying the outdoors and sharing lots of laughter… Thank you for your contribution to these outdoor climbing trips.”