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Jyliann’s Story

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

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

Monday, May 15th, 2017

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

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

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

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

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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Every Kid Needs a Champion

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

“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

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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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Read how the outdoors transformed BCM youth, Yana

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Yana learned about Big City Mountaineers through the Boys and Girls Club of Bellevue, Washington. When we first met Yana, she was a junior in high school with low self-confidence. Yana faced some struggles and inconsistencies at home and she was seeking a positive social outlet. Her agency leader, Masao, selected her as a good […]

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The Skip Yowell Legacy Circle

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Skip Yowell was the co-founder of JanSport and an icon in the outdoor industry. As successful as he was with his company, he was equally devoted to giving back to the community. This year we celebrate his life and the generous investment he made in Big City Mountaineers 20 years ago. The gift served as the launch […]

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