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What do you do when you discover your tentmate is a snorer? Thank your lucky stars they’re keeping the bears away.

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Jyliann’s Story

All that I left behind is still with me, Pushed into a corner of my mind. Make room for sacred sights and sounds, Soft breezes and dancing streams fill my heart and echo through my chest. My shoulders lose tension as I move further From the mechanical hum of home. But when I see the […]

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Turn Your Soles Blue for BCM with Vibram

Want to represent Big City Mountaineers while hiking on your favorite trails and enjoying your time in the mountains? Vibram wants to turn your soles blue! Vibram is resoling all Big City Mountaineers’ staff and trip volunteers for its forthcoming spring/summer 2017 trip schedule to the iconic blue Carrarmato sole. Not a volunteer? Vibram is donating all […]

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Summit for Someone Climber | Sean Estep

Our Summit for Someone climbers are pretty special individuals. Not only do they get outside on these inspiring adventures, they dedicate them to getting under-resourced youth out on transformative wilderness experiences. Sean Estep has been participating in Summit for Someone climbs since 2010! Why is he so passionate about supporting Big City Mountaineers. Read on […]

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Big City Mountaineers Supports Public Lands

For Big City Mountaineers to be effective, we like to say that our program relies on “people, partnerships and places”. Our people are, of course, our volunteer mentors. Our partnerships are the youth agencies we engage to recruit the kids and our corporate sponsors who help us outfit our expeditions. And, the places are the awe-inspiring […]

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Meet our newest program staff member: Becca Garfinkel!

Where are you from? I was born in Chicago, but lived in London and New Jersey as a kid before my family settled in Detroit for ten years. My parents just relocated to Milwaukee, which I now consider my “home”, although I am loving Colorado so far and may never return to the Midwest. What’s […]

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What’s the meaning behind the logo?

What’s the deal with the circle logo? We chose to brand the Skip Yowell Legacy Circle with an emblem near and dear to Skip’s heart. Skip, with help from designers, created the logo you see which they titled “The Four Great Directions.” The logo is inspired by the philosophy of the Plains Indian tribes and […]

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Every Kid Needs a Champion

“No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” –  James Comer In this TED Talk, Rita Pierson, describes the value and importance of human connection to children’s ability to learn. We address this principle at BCM by pairing every youth participant with a caring adult mentor. Want to be a young kid’s champion? Become […]

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Damonte’s Story: Transformation in the Boundary Waters

When we were first introduced to Damonte, it was evident that humor was in his DNA. He was known for making everyone laugh, adults and peers alike, with his witty sense of humor. He maintained this quality despite his circumstances; his father was in jail and his mother had spent her final years in a […]

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We’re getting excited for the 2017 program season! Check out this video to see what it’s like to be on a BCM expedition

Curious to see what a BCM expedition looks like? Check out this video created by BCM mentor, Tom Mallon. Read below to learn why Tom became a mentor and to see how he’s creatively supporting BCM through his SFS climb. You’ve had a unique perspective with BCM starting as a volunteer mentor to joining an […]

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Meet 8-year-old Rylan, our Youngest Summit for Someone Climber

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to one of our newest (and youngest!) Summit for Someone climbers, Rylan Griffin! For Rylan’s 8th birthday, she is preparing to summit the tallest peak in the Northeast, Mount Washington (6,288 ft), to raise money so that under-resourced youth can have outdoor explorations of their own. Let’s encourage her toward a lifetime […]

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