Dear Friends & Fam with much love!
Thank you all you Members, Volunteer Leaders & secret Angels for this incredible 2015. I’m extremely grateful to report that, because of you guys, VRCG is not only same as day one with the same mission but doing better and better to realize our dream to connect climbers to build climbing community and friendship WORLDWIDE. The following is a brief 2015 review. Despite my best attempt and memory, I’m sure I’d miss thanking many many people and forget some epic moments. Apology in advance! And wish you all and your loved ones an even more EPIC 2016!
2015 is a breakthrough year. First & foremost, we consolidated our priorities. Instead of over-extending ourselves to do many many projects/missions, we focus on one original mission: SOCIAL, building incredible community & friendships; and we extend that beyond Vancouver to WORLDWIDE. We expanded our leadership system (vrcg.ca/team) to increase climbing/social events. We refined our training (vrcg.ca/rockstar) to make it more powerful and effective. We had success in our 2 charity projects: Squamish Rampage (squamishrampage.ca) & Climb and Conquer (climbnonquer.ca).2016 will be super exciting & we’ll see how all these plans play out.
I’m extremely happy to see how this 1-person-project transformed to a community with multiple leaders with diverse talents, personalities and passions. Strength lies in an authentic caring community. VRCG started in 2008 with the goal to provide a supportive platform where respect and amazing character are the basis of friendships (vs. how hard I or you climb). Thank you you for sharing our passion and realize this dream into this sweet reality and community!
As always, we climb & camp almost every summer weekend in Squamish. We climb indoor weekly and have dinner after. We started monthly pot-luck & climbing. We ice climb and rock climb in winter. We also had a ladies-climbing chapter led by Arianna and Allison and a LGBT-climbing chapter led by Jennifer.
We operated 2015 Rockstar training (vrcg.ca/rockstar); and trained 34 members over 16 ice climbing days and trained 31 members over 13 rock climbing days. After that, we revamped the program for 2016 (Dec 2016 – Sep 2017) and we shifted focus from providing training to training leaders to be future leaders in their community (aka. teaching people how to fish instead of giving them fish).
This year, we partnered a few times with Squamish Access Society to improve trails and this will be an on-going projects for future years.
We launched our trial project to have a 24/7 clubhouse with climbing and acroyoga which lasted only for a few months due to funding and space use challenges. We have witnessed the huge potential and capacity in community building; and we will def. revive this project when future opportunities arise.
Community and charity is at our hearts since day one. We love climbing and we also want to use our climbing skills and passion to make a positive impact in our community. Currently we have 2 on-going projects: 1. Squamish Rampage bouldering comp which raises $ for charities (squamishrampage.ca) & 2. Climb and Conquer which provides at-risk youth with caring mentorship, climbing and financial subsidy for exercise programs (climbnconquer.ca).
It’s our 2nd year to test run this trial project & fundrasier. This year, we partnered with Slacklife BC and Flow Acroyoga to become a bigger Squamish Uprising Festival. This year, we have success and managed to raise $ for Climb and Conquer and Squamish Access Society. In 2016, we plan to make it a weekend festival to make it even more fun and epic!
Same as day one, our project is fully volunteer-run with the laptop as our office. Earlier this year, we launched a trial project “Rockstar 1-1 Mentorship” where we carefully match 1 Volunteer Mentor with 1 Youth to support them with climbing and mentorship once a week over a 6 months period. Currently, we have over 20 matches in various gyms and this is now our major program, along with our monthly pot-luck and financial subsidy for exercise programs. In 2016, we want to launch another project in a style of an on-going Youth Group to focus even more on the idea of empowerment, leadership training and community building. Through our experience, we realize the biggest benefit to youth is to train and inspire them to take solid leadership with their lives and to be able to build a solid, supportive community around them.
Many individuals generously donated time, effort and talents to make everything above from ideas to reality. First and foremost, thanks to our 3 Directors of Operations: Daphne Huang, Danika Gomez and James Lin who manage our weekly indoor climbing & social events, our backbone of events, where people make new climbing partners.
Thanks to our solid team of Climbing Leaders:
Next, thanks to our Board Directors: Danny Martin and Marcus Tomlinson; and Justin Chan (Membership Director & Ultimate VIP) who are involved in all operations’ planning and advisory. Then, thanks to Hun Wynn (VIP & Secret Agent) who co-runs Rockstar training and advises on many projects. Next are 2 geniuses who are always behind the scene: Anders Ourom (Advisor) and Leo Scieska (IT Director).
Next, thanks to our partners:
Hive Climbing Centre
ClimbBase5 Climbing Gym
Cliffhanger Climbing Gym
Coastal Climbing Centre
The following is a highlight of a few notable individuals. Apology in advance if I miss anyone 🙂
Wish everyone a happy new year and success in 2016!
Joe Wong, Founder
Dec 30, 2015