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December 9, 2014

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Climbing Bus to Offer Interactive Science Opportunities for Colorado Youth





The newest addition to the Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program brings the mountains to students in a whole new way.


The CMC has accepted the donation of the Bouldering Bus, a mobile classroom filled with rock-climbing holds, from the Women’s Wilderness Institute. This school bus outfitted as a bouldering cave provides unique opportunities for students to explore team-building activities, the physical challenges of bouldering and interactive science-of-climbing curricula.


“The Bouldering Bus is an incredible new resource for the Colorado Mountain Club. As Colorado’s oldest outdoor recreation organization, we continue our focus on getting people into the mountains while exploring innovative ways to connect with our next generation of hikers and climbers,” said CMC Executive Director Scott Robson. “The Bouldering Bus will help us do that in some really exciting ways, including the opportunity to reach kids who may not often have access to the outdoors.”


The Bouldering Bus was originally built by Christin and Ken Bellian in Fayetteville, N.C. When the Bellians moved to Boulder in 2013, they donated the bus to the Women’s Wilderness Institute, which used it for community outreach until handing it over to the CMC in November 2014.


The CMC entered a partnership with the Women’s Wilderness Institute in 2013 to reach more students at Title 1 schools by using the Bouldering Bus as a mobile science-and-climbing classroom. By fully adopting the Bouldering Bus, the Youth Education Program can provide even more outdoor education opportunities to students, regardless of socioeconomic status or community resources.


The CMC is seeking active partnerships with Title I schools throughout the Denver and Boulder metro areas, as well as corporate sponsors for the bus.

“We are so honored to receive this donation to our Youth Education Program. This is not only an amazing addition to our existing program – it’s an opportunity for whole communities of youth who will get to climb for the first time in this bus. We are excited to get the bus on the road and out in to the community,” said CMC Youth Education Program Director Holly Barrass.




About Colorado Mountain Club
The Colorado Mountain Club is the state’s leading organization dedicated to adventure, recreation, conservation and education. Founded in 1912, the Club acts as a gateway to the mountains for novices and experts alike, offering an array of year-round activities, events and schools centered on outdoor recreation.



About Youth Education Program (YEP)
The Colorado Mountain Club’s Youth Education Program (YEP) provides active-learning through adventure education. YEP uses an experiential approach to connect youth with their local surroundings to make learning relevant and fun by utilizing Colorado’s greatest natural resource: the mountains.