Thanks to the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, I was able to have an amazing experience with the Silverton Avalanche School. I learned so much and am very humbled by the consequences of ignoring the dangers of the winter environment & not following proper protocol. I am much more confident because of the education, training and winter skills … Continue reading Learning avalanche and safety skills at the Silverton Avalanche School
This year’s expedition began at 4:45 am. The students were clean, sleepy, and anxious; and were as big a group of individuals as you will ever see. Athletes and scholars, the popular and the outliers, the outdoorsy and the video gamers, new students and exchange students still learning English, all thrown together to voyage into … Continue reading Ridgway High School Senior Outward Bound River Trip ~~September 2014
The Winter Gear Swap is our largest source of financial support. 15% of the sales go to support scholarships for Ouray County youth... Please come out and support the George Fund...
GGSF board members, Deb Willits and Mike Friedman hold the XL Thank You card from the Learn to Ski students this past winter (2014).
Pat Ament said, "When you ride your bike, you're working your legs, but your mind is on a treadmill. When you play chess, your mind is clicking along, but your body is stagnating. Climbing brings it together in a beautiful, magical way. The adrenaline is flowing, and it's flowing all the time.” While climbing … Continue reading Big Wall Dreams~~ Chance Ronemus
Hi Jerry & the George Fund.. Chance had a very successful day of big wall training yesterday (MAY 18, 2014). It really … I would like to thank the Board of The George Gardner Scholarship Fund for assisting my son, Chance, prepare for Climbing the walls of Yosemite this summer. On his own Chance initiated … Continue reading A very kind letter from Kyle Ronemus, father of Chance Ronemus
Hi Jerry & the George Fund.. Chance had a very successful day of big wall training yesterday (MAY 18, 2014). It really boosted his skills and I think he is truly ready to tackle some introductory aid routes in Yosemite. All in all, Chance picked up quite a few new skills and I think he … Continue reading Chance Ronemus prepares for Yosemite on George Scholarship Fund assist.
I’d like to share with you my adventures that GGSF made possible. The price of an individual lesson was cost prohibitive so without the GGSF, I wouldn’t have been able to participate at all. I was able to climb and learn with an awesome EXUM climbing guide who took me up on my first multi-pitch … Continue reading A scholarship to climb with the pros…….
May of 2013, the George Gardner Scholarship Fund Board of Directors met to peruse over Ouray County student scholarship applications. We spent most of an afternoon hashing them over and trying to decide who qualified, who really earned consideration, who would benefit the most from financial assistance. After hours of rereading and discussing all options … Continue reading George Gardner Scholarship Fund Awards Scholarships — 2013