The North Face awards $2,500 Explore Fund grant to RFOV |

The North Face awards $2,500 Explore Fund grant to RFOV

Staff Report

BASALT – The North Face has awarded a $2,500 Explore Fund grant to Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers for its Stewardship and Outdoor Leadership Experience (SOLE) program.

The Explore Fund’s mission is to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers by funding non-profit organizations working to connect children with nature.

RFOV’s Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers was selected from more than 500 applications submitted in 2013 because of its commitment to instilling a lifelong sense of stewardship for public lands through outdoor adventure, environmental education, leadership development, and service projects, according to statement issued by the organization.

“RFOV is thrilled that our program aligns with the North Face Explore Fund’s mission and to be recognized as part of the national movement to inspire youth to explore the outdoors,” said Hannah Lippe, RFOV Youth Coordinator.

The SOLE Program was established in 2012 to provide local youth with a rigorous outdoor leadership education. In its first year, the program trained seven high students in Leave No Trace wilderness ethics, Wilderness First Aid, and RFOV Crew Leader skills. These students completed 10 service projects, a three-day hut trip, and week-long backpacking trip.

Additionally, participants helped plan and implement a valley-wide youth outdoor summit in May. At this summit, 31 youths discussed the barriers keeping kids inside and developed several projects to increase outdoor participation.

In addition, SOLE has been able to advance the mission with support of several important partner organizations, including Spring Board, Aspen Skiing Company, Environment Foundation, Aspen Alpine Guides, Tenth Mountain Division, Yampah Mountain High School, and the Buddy Program.

SOLE will launch again on Sept. 23. Applications for the program are due Sept. 13, and all RFSD high school students are encouraged to apply. To learn more about RFOV and SOLE, visit For more information about The North Face Explore Fund, visit

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