This past summer, I was able to attend a Road Less Traveled program with the help of a George Gardner Fund scholarship. The program took me to a small town in Costa Rica where I helped remodel a preschool, enjoy Costa Rican cuisine and interact with locals while fully immersing myself in the culture. I … Continue reading Road Less Traveled adventure ~ Emily Rose
The GGSF is happy to have Matt Wade join our Board of Directors. Matt has much experience working with kids in outdoor education and adventure learning, having taught with the Ridgway School District and other venues. We surely welcome another strong hand to the George Fund.. Welcome Matt. Matt has 20 years of experience developing … Continue reading Matt Wade joins GGSF Advisory Board
~~~~~~~ Dear Gorge Fund. George Gardner Scholarship Fund has given me wings over the years to really get after experiences that have helped shape me into who I am today. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Recently, I was fortunate enough to become a certified Wilderness First Responder through the National Outdoor Leadership School, all thanks to the generous … Continue reading ~ Alma Sophie Johnson’s recent NOLS, Wilderness First Responder course ~
GGSF is happy to announce a new Board of Directors member that recently joined us. Bill Whitt is a lifelong climber, skier, guide and was the co-founder and longtime board member of the Ouray Ice Park. He has called the San Juan’s home for the last 26 years and in his spare time works as a professional … Continue reading GGSF has a new Board of Directors member
6/12/15 I just saw the George Fund website. Very sorry to hear that George was killed in a mountaineering accident. George was my OB leader and a fellow grad from U. of Dayton. He was gifted...charming...fun...witty...etc. A huge loss for all those who loved him. Peter McGee ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Hello Peter.. Thank you for your kind … Continue reading An email from a former OB student of George’s that found me today. Jerry R.
GOOD NEWS! After the better part of nine months of writing, organizing then rewriting and reorganizing the GGSF received its 501(c)(3) non-profit status with what could be record turnaround time of four IRS working days! We don't know how that happened, but it probably had something to do with George... Yea! Celebrate with us and please … Continue reading GGSF becomes a Colorado-based non-profit 501(c)(3)
George Gardner Fund helps continue outdoor education If I wasn’t just five minutes from my breakfast spot, I could easily imagine being on the edge of the last Ice Age as I descended into the Box Canyon that is home ground for the Ouray Ice Park. Looking up from the bottom is a chaotic glimpse … Continue reading Ouray Ice Park: Generation Next ~~ Eric Ming ~~ The Watch
Back in January of 1993 my mom bought me & a friend a ice climbing trip in Ouray. The guides were Gorge Gardner & Mike O'Donnell. I only got to spend one day of my life climbing/learning with George but it was amazing and I remember the day as if it were yesterday. I … Continue reading ~~ Another Jorge Tale ~~ From an email randomly sent my way 1/14/15 ~~JR
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...
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.
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