Project: Elevated Access
Our pilot program is currently taking place in the rural mountain town of Huaraz, Peru. We began in 2015 with gear donations and have since expanded into offering free Wilderness Medicine and Basic Rock Climbing Safety courses to the local guiding community. Our programs have served over 120 people to date. We are headed back in November to work on course curriculum as we apply for accreditation and work on a new course currently in development: Community Emergency Preparedness. This course will be offered to the community at large as they are in a highly active geologic zone with little to no emergency response resources. We see these courses as a way for the local communities to gain the knowledge and become the teachers, allowing them the opportunity to teach themselves and us the ability to expand the program to other areas of need.
Our local (Utah) community collaboration, Project Climb, has allowed us the ability to help our underserved communities closer to home. We wanted the opportunity to help others gain access to the benefits of being in the outdoors through our love of rock climbing, and find a new appreciation for the outdoors, in turn creating environmental stewards. This spring we started the program indoors through our partnership with Momentum Indoor Climbing and The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake. We have been fortunate enough to partner with these groups to help expand outdoor access in a healthy, safe and supportive environment. As we experienced first hand, rock climbing can have a monumental effect on one's ability to gain self confidence, develop healthy habits and connect with one's peers.
In 2019 we expanded these programs to include a local Title 1 elementary school, the Salt Lake County Youth Services, and added a new program, Embark Outdoors helping local refugee young women learn practical outdoor skills.
Read about our Project Climb program in our BLOG.