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    Respect the Mountains Wins European Outdoor Conservation Association Grant Funded by The North Face Explore Fund

    Director of Respect the Mountains Aukje van Gerven (center left) receives the grant from Catherine Savidge and Tanya Bascombe of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (right), with funding provided by The North Face Sustainability Manager Hubertine Roessingh (left).

    Respect the Mountains was revealed as the winner of a European Outdoor Conservation Association grant, funded by The North Face Explore Fund, for a pilot youth program called EPIC ‘Exploring Peaks, Inspiring Conservation’.

    About EPIC

    The goal of EPIC is to provide impactful entry-level mountain awareness training for youth aged twelve to sixteen years of age. This training will encompass mountain awareness education, hands-on work on conservation, and new outdoor skills development whilst exploring these fragile mountain environments.
    The one day pilot program will be carried out in winter 2013/2014 with the following format:
    Morning:

    • Youth attend a mountain education workshop based on the ‘7 Ways to Respect the Mountains’
    • Youth provide voluntary service to a local conservation issue, such as a cleanup of an atrisk mountain slope or riverbed.

    Afternoon:

    • A hearty mountain lunch;
    • Youth develop new outdoor skills, such as off-piste skiing or basic avalanche awareness training with professional mountain guides.

    When the pilot proves a success, then the concept can be scaled to reach more youth across Europe, with a special focus on the European Alps. EPIC is funded by The North Face Explore Fund, helping kids discover Nature’s playground.

    Image courtesy Respect the Mountains

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