Interviews

What does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Find out in this recent interview we did with Carley Julien. For the last five years Carley has worked as Community Coordinator and outdoor educator with Power To Be Adventure Therapy where she helps create opportunities for positive social development and life skills for disadvantaged youths through outdoor adventure activities. Recognizing the importance of taking on personal challenge through the outdoors, Carley embarked on her own personal challenge by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, a 4,200 journey over 5+...
“When I was a kid, I heard from my uncles and cousins that climbers, both men and women, would come across the borders into Pakistan to climb our mountains, explore new passes, valleys, and do research on glaciers, flora, fauna or culture.” Mirza Ali continues to explain to me that he hardly ever sees any travelers from his own country visiting his village and the magnificent surrounding areas. He wants to change this – create something unique – especially for young women. Enter Pakistan Youth Outreach. “It’s our mission to provide a platform for...
All of us know what it means to deal with challenges in our lives. But do all of us really know what it means to move mountains? For me, moving mountains is about the choices we make and the actions we take when dealing with the day to day challenges of our lives - whether that's reacting to a challenge that has been thrust upon us, or whether it's about breaking through the status quo, out of our comfort zones, and embracing what may be a more uncertain and unpredicatble future. Last Friday, for the 2nd Annual Climb For Change night at the Vancouver International Mountain Film...
Imagine being caught in a relentless 5 day mountain storm with 90 mph winds and temperatures down to -30°C for five nights. Imagine losing your climbing partner and dear friend. Imagine losing all your hands and feet a few days later due to extreme frostbite. After attempting to put yourself in that situation, imagine using that experience to only stoke the fire of your passion for the mountains and giving back to your community with this mindset: “I don’t see myself to be the victim. I was the lucky one. And I have to make the most of this opportunity - not just for...
Why would anyone want to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet in one year (or even think about doing it!)? Well, last November we had the opportunity to catch up with Greg Hill, aka “Greg 2 Mil Hill”, at the Banff Mountain Festival to ask this very question (in case you haven’t heard of Greg, he’s the guy who actually decided to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet in a year). For Greg, it was about setting an objective and realizing that objective.  Greg says, “Our goals can easily get away if we don’t stay diligent.” (That’s from a...
“We’re a group of educated youth born and raised in the mountains of Sri Lanka,” writes Ranjith. “For me, this is the world that provides everything – we all live together as one family here and always depend on nature and the mountains for our livelihood.” A message from Ranjith pops into my inbox the other day. “We work to preserve mountains in Sri Lanka,” the note says. Ranjith formally introduces himself and his team of twelve eager youth who want to make a difference for the land that makes their living possible. They are from...
“Have you ever gone through a major life challenge and not felt supported? Have you ever wondered how some people seem to thrive during these hardships, while others suffer?” - SpokenCoast Project. While undergoing an incredibly difficult time, Marissa Krupa created the SpokenCoast Project to explore this question first hand. The Project entails traveling the Pacific Coast from Alaska to Chile, documenting the stories of people who didn’t just survive hardship and struggle - they positively transformed their lives. By gathering these examples of triumph, Marissa is...
Climbing the 14,400 foot Mount Rainier is no easy feat.  Spending three days climbing the mountain, falling 80 feet into a crevasse on the descent, and having your partner tragically die beside you while in the crevasse, with no hope for help is another experience altogether. But this is the hand that Jim Davidson was dealt, and he had to make a choice: climb the frozen, overhanging walls of the crevasse, or die trying. Earlier this year we interviewed Jim about his new book "The Ledge" which can be viewed here. Climb For Change was fortunate enough to catch up with Jim...
Some of you will remember the crazy story we told last year about two artists, Jeff Whiting and Stephen Quinn, who ventured on a rather unconventional mission deep into the jungle of the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They climbed a 14,000 foot mountain to find the exact spot where an epic explorer, Carl Akeley, painted the backdrop scene for the world famous mountain gorilla diorama in the American Museum of Natural History. Akeley’s journey took place almost a century ago – retracing his footsteps proved more difficult than the...
Who is Joe Wong? If you've ever been to Cliffhanger Vancouver on a weeknight there is a good chance that you know Joe Wong, one of the founding members of the Vancouver Rock Climbing Group (VRCG). While the VRCG has been immensely successful, Joe wanted to form a new group that would help disadvantaged teenagers harness the power of sport and climbing to affect positive change in their lives.  Joe’s passion for getting people out and on the wall is unparalleled, and on October 7th he was at Cliffhanger Richmond for the inaugural session of his new venture: Climb and Conquer....
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