A Game Changer ~ Deb Willits Outward Bound experience As a teenager ~ 1974.

Deb is a local Ridgway character or a local gal with a lot of character whichever you please.  She is the Chair of the George Gardner Scholarship Fund, that provides financial assistance to local Ouray county kids wanting to participate in a wilderness experience.  The rest of her curriculum is impressive and much too long for … Continue reading A Game Changer ~ Deb Willits Outward Bound experience As a teenager ~ 1974.

2017 Ouray County Winter Sports Swap ~ October 6 & 7

The George Fund Mission:  Helping Ouray County youth explore the out of doors to foster personal growth and a compassionate world view. The George Fund Vision: Inspiring Confidence, Courage and Compassion The George Fund provides financial assistance to Ouray County, Colorado youth who wish to pursue outdoor or experiential educational opportunities for personal and interpersonal growth. … Continue reading 2017 Ouray County Winter Sports Swap ~ October 6 & 7

Then I Went Climbing … Featuring Michael Gardner

Photograph by David Stubbs  THEN I WENT CLIMBING… Words by Jeff Burke. Organic Chemistry at Exum Mountain Guides   “The Snaz” on Cathedral Buttress in Grand Teton National Park is a classic Wyoming mountaineering route. Established by Yvon Chouinard and Mort Hempel in 1964, “The Snaz” is a free climb above Phelps Lake in the … Continue reading Then I Went Climbing … Featuring Michael Gardner

GOCO’s Generation Wild campaign encourages kids to get outside ~ The Denver Post

It’s a common lament: Kids today are over-scheduled, over-screened and over-protected. Only older folk can share tales of spending entire days playing outside — not on a team or in a game, but just playing. “Our mom would throw us out the door in the morning and turn us loose all day and say ‘I … Continue reading GOCO’s Generation Wild campaign encourages kids to get outside ~ The Denver Post

Great winter fun and education, supported by the GGSF

This winter, the George Gardner Scholarship Fund has been happy to help Ouray County youth learn about winter adventures through two sponsored programs... Ouray Student Learns Backcountry Skills in an Avalanche Course Ouray student Henry Furstenfeld asked GGSF to help him take an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course, through the local Peak Mountain Guides.  The … Continue reading Great winter fun and education, supported by the GGSF

Ouray youth learns about avalanche safety

GGSF is proud to have helped a Ouray youth learn about traveling safely in the backcountry. Henry is an avid snowboarder who has been dreaming about venturing into the backcountry and wise enough to know he needed more knowledge first. He reached out to GGSF for a scholarship to help fund his Level 1 Avalanche Course with … Continue reading Ouray youth learns about avalanche safety

Finding Joy Beyond the Summit

George Gardner Scholarship Fund is proud to sponsor a presentation by Jake Norton Climber, photographer, filmmaker and philanthropist Jake will shares stories and insights learned from a life of adventure around the world Summiting Mount Everest (three times), finding George Mallory’s body, high adventure expeditions on all seven continents; Jake has tales few people can match … Continue reading Finding Joy Beyond the Summit

Giving Tuesday

George Gardner Scholarship Fund Inspiring Confidence, Courage and Compassion Today is "Giving Tuesday".   Please consider a donation to GGSF to round out the year. George Gardner Scholarship Fund is dedicated to ensuring that Ouray County youth have the support and opportunity to explore the outdoors and themselves in the outdoors.  We have funded youth to learn … Continue reading Giving Tuesday

An Intimate Night of Eerie and Auspicious Stories, with Craig Childs

Thursday, November 17th world renowned author and adventurer Craig Childs will be speaking at the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway, CO. Join the George Gardner Scholarship Fund for this Special Sherb talk - An Intimate Night of Eerie and Auspicious Storytelling. 6:30pm, $10 Admission, cash bar. Proceeds benefit Ouray County youth through GGSF scholarships and the … Continue reading An Intimate Night of Eerie and Auspicious Stories, with Craig Childs

Susan Lacy joins GGSF Board of Directors

The GGSF is delighted to have Susan Lacy join our Board of Directors. Susan has enjoyed a thirty year career in education around the world -- Mexico, Romania, Indonesia, Zambia, Bangladesh -- and close to home in Ridgway, Colorado, her family's base camp of twenty three years.  She cherishes her friendship with George and the years … Continue reading Susan Lacy joins GGSF Board of Directors

Willow Krois reports on her Colorado Trail Adventure

Willow Krois received George Gardner Scholarship Fund financial assistance which allowed her to take a Wilderness First Aid course, helping ensure she was ready for a big adventure this fall with her mother hiking part of the Colorado Trail. Thankfully, she didn't have to put her newly learned skills to too much of a test, … Continue reading Willow Krois reports on her Colorado Trail Adventure

Ridgway School 9th grade students Learn To Ice Climb with George ~ 2016

The 2016 Ridgway School Learn To Ice Climb program capitalized on the Ouray Ice Park, a unique community resource to introduce Ridgway 9th grade students to the spectacular sport of ice climbing. Over three Wednesdays in January and February, the students learned how to ice climb under the professional guidance of Ouray County’s two local … Continue reading Ridgway School 9th grade students Learn To Ice Climb with George ~ 2016

LEARN TO SKI PROGRAM ~ RIDGWAY SCHOOL ~ 2016

The Ridgway Elementary and Middle School Learn to Ski program is back in full swing. During the recession the program was cut back due to budget constraints, now the program has been fully restored and grades 3 - 8 are participating. Given the increase in numbers the elementary and middle students ski on different days. … Continue reading LEARN TO SKI PROGRAM ~ RIDGWAY SCHOOL ~ 2016