WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS SHARING LIZ'S PASSION FOR ADVENTURE
Our mission to not only bring climbing to an urban area but to also provide underrepresented urban youth the opportunities to reach new peaks through mountain related activities in the wilderness.
Providing youth opportunities to participate in physical and mental challenges can help build confidence and improve teamwork skills. Participating in outdoor activities encourages students become environmental stewards with a hands on approach.
After successfully reaching our fundraising goal with the Liz Rocks Campaign by raising $150k for a public climbing wall in Point Defiance Park In two years. We thought, what if we could raise the same amount of money to provide life-changing experiences to youth that need it the most? We are Tacoma locals committed to helping our community experience the outdoors!
We are currently working on a Liz Rocks Adventurers course. This course will take place at Swan Creek in Tacoma. Here students will have the opportunity to learn basic outdoor skills from guides and mountaineers! Students will navigate their way through Swan Creek to various work stations where they will learn a new skill or hear from a guest speaker! Skill stations will include: tent set up, basic essentials, packing, rock climbing, and leave no trace.
LEADERS OF TOMORROW
Through the generous support of American Alpine Institute, Liz Rocks launches offers annual Liz Rocks Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship. This scholarship ($2195 value) seeks to support diversity in the mountains while helping underrepresented youth reach new peaks in their life. This scholarship allows one student to attend AAI’s youth leadership program.
AAI’s youth leadership program focuses on situational judgment and decision-making in a mountain setting while providing a base of general outdoor know-how and mountain sense. Participants learn rock-climbing skills, glacier travel techniques, crevasse rescue, navigation and other skills necessary for an attempt on 10,781-foot Mt. Baker as well as on other peaks.
Leaders of Tomorrow 2017 Recipient
Maria is a 16 year old student at Puget Sound High School. She first fell in love with the outdoors serving as a high school leader for 6th grade students at Waskowitz Outdoor School where she took them on long hikes. After having an opportunity to go on an overnight snowshoeing trip this winter she yearned to get back to the mountains and learn more. A proud Latina and dedicated scholar, she has shown tremendous potential, is outgoing, and exhibits endless stoke. She welcomes challenge and has already overcome many obstacles in life. Maria is the first to admit that she is obsessed with animals and hopes to see some out in the wild.