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
Today I spent the day with the Senior class, on a retreat day with the Freshman at Top of the Pines. Watching them "in action" as leaders of their school was fantastic. While the start of the year and the trip down Cataract Canyon seems like it was forever ago, many of them gained confidence … Continue reading Senior Outward Bound trip
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
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
Student mounting new ski equipment. Thanks to the generous gift from the “George” fund, Ouray School was able to purchase 8 complete sets of brand new ski equipment (skis, boots, poles, bindings). This gear will bring years of support to our school’s cross country skiing program. The 5th and 6th grade classes embark on an … Continue reading Ouray school “Cross Country Ski Program”
As part of the Ridgway Secondary School Field Trip Program, the 9th grade class will have the opportunity to learn to ice climb this winter. During three Wednesday afternoons in late January and early February, the students will be joined by professional guides from local outfitters Peak Mountain Guides and San Juan Mountain Guides … Continue reading Ridgway School ~ Learn To Ice Climb (new this year for 9th graders), 2015
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
GGSF board members, Deb Willits and Mike Friedman hold the XL Thank You card from the Learn to Ski students this past winter (2014).