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Stories of Transformation Straight from the Source

A BCM Mentor Reflects on Their Week in The Wilderness

January 16, 2018


By: Ayn-Marie Hailicka I close my eyes and see Masiti’s whole face laugh against a backdrop of Douglas-fir trees; Faisa’s strong stride in the position ahead of me on the trail; Linda’s sweet voice telling me about tickle wars with […]

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2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

December 21, 2017


Thanks to the generous and passionate community surrounding Big City Mountaineers, 721 under-resourced youth had the opportunity to spend a transformational week or an overnight on a wilderness mentoring expedition in 2017! We couldn’t have done it without all of […]

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Madison’s Story

Madison’s Story


In 2013, Madison was introduced to the outdoors through her very first Big City Mountaineers trip. Her counselor had suggested it, and with some hesitation she and her sister signed up. Madison recalled, “It was a really, really tough trip […]

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Suffering For Someone: Lurking Fear, 2017

December 12, 2017


Earlier this year, two climbers, Ryan and Roxanne, took a different approach to Big City Mountaineers’ Summit for Someone program. They decided they would challenge themselves to ‘Suffer for Someone’ by taking on the Lurking Fear route on the  iconic El […]

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Miami Teens Trace Their Steps to Leave No Trace

November 27, 2017


There’s no question BCM participants describe their experiences as fun, challenging (both physically and mentally), eye-opening, and a memory that will last a lifetime. But what about transferring those experiences back home? What are they learning that can be applied […]

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BCM’s Response to The Proposed National Park Fee Hike

BCM’s Response to The Proposed National Park Fee Hike

November 17, 2017


The Department of the Interior recently proposed an increase of 180% to entrance fees—from $25 to $70 per vehicle—in 17 National Parks during peak visitation months. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s justification for the fee increase is that it […]

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Amy’s Story

Amy’s Story

November 16, 2017


Amy started out as a BCM student, has climbed for us, and served on our board of directors.

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