With the help of the Colorado Mountain Club, Big City Mountaineers held its end-of-season celebration, Return To The Summit, at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on Oct. 3.
More than 60 volunteers, BCM staff members, and teens and youth agency representatives from Colorado Youth At Risk, Mercy Housing, Denver Kids, Sierra Club ICO, Colorado I Have a Dream and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver attended and spent the afternoon on the indoor climbing wall at the Mountaineering Center, participating in team-building initiatives, touring the American Mountaineering Museum, and watching a slide show presentation from 2009 BCM trips.
In 2009, 176 teens from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Portland, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area participated in 37 Big City Mountaineers trips in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Colorado, California, and the Pacific Northwest — made possible in part by the $431,000 raised by our 125 Summit For Someone climbers in 2009!
All told, our 2009 volunteers and teens totaled:
- More than 2,000 nights spent sleeping under the stars
- Approximately 5,000 miles hiked
- Approximately 4,000 miles paddled and portaged
- 2,675 program days — one program day = one teen in the outdoors for one day
- Improvements in three core teen developmental categories: Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, and Positive Identity
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2009 another successful season for Big City Mountaineers!
[All photos by Mitsu Iwasaki]