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Stories of Transformation Straight from the Source

Zen Divas in the Flat Tops Wilderness

February 2, 2018


Spend a week in the wilderness with someone and you’re bound to develop a special bond and share some pretty memorable moments with them. We’re proud to say this happens a lot on the Big City Mountaineers youth expeditions. There […]

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“I Really Hope I Can Do This.”

February 1, 2018


By: Elizabeth Williams There have been two distinct times this year that my backpack has felt disconcertingly heavy: the first was after I loaded a full tent and all my glacier gear into it at the Piedra Grande Hut at […]

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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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