Today marked Alberta Wilderness Association’s (AWA) 28th Climb for Wilderness, where climbers, volunteers and supporters gathered to fill the stairwells of the Bow Tower and show their support for healthy living, family fun and conserving Alberta’s wilderness. Participants of all ages who climbed, in addition to generous supporters, made this year’s climb a success, reaffirming that Albertans care about protecting their wildlife, wild waters, and wild spaces.

AWA Executive Director Christyann Olson noted participants from every age and walk of life supported the event. “Some of our young climbers raised funds through bottle drives, social media posts, family and friends.  More than one youngster told us they have climbed at this event every year, starting in a backpack with their parents.  Abigail told us, “it is important to me that I can have places to hike, find hidden waterfalls and know that wildlife has a safe place to live.”  An undeniably wise and inspiring role model is Dr. Richard Guy, who at 102 years young is a faithful supporter and climbed 15 flights (330 stairs). “From a child’s perceptions to a senior’s wisdom, we know caring for our wild spaces, wildlife habitat and the legacy we leave is vitally important. This event like so many Earth Day events is all about showing we care” said Olson.

Each year, AWA features one of Alberta’s iconic wildlife species to help tell the story of why protected habitat is important.  This year, the Greater Sage-Grouse was chosen as the symbol to recognize the untiring dedication of so many individuals working to protect habitat and this endangered species and focus our thoughts on the need to increase the protection of Alberta’s grasslands wilderness.

More than 40 teams of climbers representing companies, families, and loved ones truly made today memorable with their joyous smiles, outlandish socks, costumes and words of encouragement.  AWA is proud to have more than 100 volunteers to make the Climb for Wilderness a safe and successful event. With more than 850 people celebrating our tremendous natural resources, this day has been a tremendous success.

A day of celebration concluded, with close to 90,000 raised, we look forward to a year with even greater progress for protection of wild places and safe habitat and the chance to climb the stairs once more.

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