What does it mean to climb 1,188 stairs at the Bow Building on April 22?

Eleven hundred and eighty-eight stairs is also the number of kilometres to drive from the town of Peace River to the Canada-US border south of Milk River.

This equates to 54 floors, or how fast the pronghorn antelope can run in miles per hour (at 54 mph or 88km/hour, the pronghorn is the second fastest land animal in the world next to the cheetah).

You’ll gain 236m in elevation – or about half the elevation gain you’d need to hike up Plateau Mountain.

Those are cool facts, but what the Climb for Wilderness really means is to support the work AWA does every day to better protect Alberta’s wild places. AWA staff and volunteers depend every day on the support and donations from folks like you

Joanna Skrajny is a Conservation Specialist with AWA and her work focuses mainly in the Eastern Slopes and the Red Deer River Watershed. She is asking for sponsorships to help her ensure grizzly bears have a credible recovery plan and that the Castle Parks become a piece of true wilderness that we will be proud of for generations to come.

Nick Pink is our newest Conservation Specialist, and acknowledges it’s not an easy job. “Our work has many hardships and obstacles,” he says, “but knowing that we have so many caring community members behind us gives me a lot of motivation to do the best I can.” Nick is excited for his first year at the Climb in the best looking building in Calgary.

“Grasslands and our wild prairies is where I spend a good deal of my time these days,” says Christyann Olson, Executive Director. “Sponsoring someone at the Climb for Wilderness means you are making a difference and helping save endangered grassland species.”

Carolyn Campbell’s work at AWA this year is focusing on wetland and caribou conservation. “Cenovus’ commitment to caribou habitat restoration is above and beyond many other companies, making the 2017 Climb for Wilderness a great collaboration.”

Whether you are coming to climb yourself, or donating to one of our dedicated staff, AWA appreciates your support. Earth Day at the beautiful, energy-efficient Bow Building in the heart of Calgary on April 22, 2017 is your chance to make a difference for grizzly bears, caribou, sage-grouse and trout!