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Climbing in Underprivileged Communities

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Br3tt · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 0

I was wondering if anyone knew of any organizations that teach climbing, backpacking, wilderness skill, etc. to children in low income and underprivileged communities?

I'm particularly looking for organizations in Southern California, but if you have any leads/contacts that I could contact to get more information I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70

Not sure if they're still going, but Ron Kauk started this group.

splitclimber · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2007 · Points: 5

Not SoCal, but the B-Rad Foundation in Sonoma County teaches and does climbing trips locally for underprivileged youth.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456

Not in SoCal but in the denver area City Wild provides various adventure activities for underprivileged youth, including climbing and river trips. They also employ the older ones to help guide the trips

Scott O · · Anchorage · Joined Mar 2010 · Points: 70

There is also a high school teacher in rural western NC who runs an awesome climbing/mountaineering program for his public high school students. I don't know of any other public school program like it. They definitely fit the bill of underprivileged, and the program is exceptional. I've donated several pairs of shoes.

eli poss · · Durango, Co · Joined May 2014 · Points: 456

Aaron Ray · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2014 · Points: 0

There is a terrific organization in Washington DC called City Kids Wilderness Project that pairs academic tutoring with outdoors skill development and experiences, including climbing, hiking, biking, camping, boating, etc. City Kids also encourages participants to remain in the program throughout their school years and has older participants mentor younger ones.


Kemper Brightman · · Tucson · Joined Dec 2011 · Points: 1,963

Sounds like you're looking for a group called Outdoor Outreach. Led by great people, and doing amazing things in San Diego and beyond. Here's the link:

Maximo Sierra · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 0

Big City Mountaineers, based in CO. I believe they have 26 locations across the country

Tristan Mayfield · · SLC, UT · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 45

This is cool! Anyone know of any in the SLC region?

Chris C. · · Seattle, WA · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 326

For anybody looking to climb in Ecuador (where you are legally required to have a guide for going to higher altitudes), Andean Face's guides work with local underprivileged children, many who live in orphanages, to teach them climbing skills and introductory guiding techniques.

They are also the biggest and most reputable guide company in Quito. Most Western outfitters seem to use them as their local support.

Nick Young · · Park City, UT · Joined May 2015 · Points: 215

There's a group in Washington and Oregon called Peak7 Adventures that does exactly this. Based out of Prineville, OR, Seattle, WA and Spokane, WA.

Trevor Wende · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 0

Sierra Club ICO does this. Very professional and organized. SF chapter did 40 trips with 1100 "kid-days" last year and still growing, nationwide 800 outings with 14,000 participants. More hiking/backpacking/wilderness than specifically climbing oriented - but I believe climbing trips are possible within their framework.

There are chapters in LA, OC, and San Diego.

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