Please join us at the Calgary Tower on Saturday April 23, 2016 for solidarity, exercise, environmental protection and fun! as we look back on the Climb for Wilderness’ amazing 25 year legacy helping raise awareness and money for the defence of Alberta’s wilderness.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you there!

What a year it was!

The world was full of optimism; communism had just fallen in the Soviet Union along with apartheid in South Africa. In solidarity with 176 other countries at the Rio Summit in Brazil, Canada signed the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, intended to guide the world in future sustainable development.

Microsoft was about to release its brand-new operating system, Windows 3.1, and AT&T was selling something called a “video telephone” for only $1,500. The first McDonalds had just opened in China, neon windbreakers were everywhere, and The Bodyguard was one of the top-grossing movies in theatres around the world, along with its inescapable soundtrack featuring Whitney Houston, flying off the shelves at A&B Sound.

And back home in Alberta, a bunch of people from the Alberta Wilderness Association got the idea in their head to raise funds for the defence of Alberta’s Wilderness areas by holding a fundraiser and climbing the Calgary Tower.

Calgary Tower 1992

Calgary Tower 1992

That was 1992, and we’re still going strong with our 25th annual Climb for Wilderness this year. Who would have thought?

Ralph Klein in 1992 at the first Climb.

Ralph Klein in 1992 at the first Climb.

What an amazing journey it’s been to make it to this point.

We’d like to invite everyone to come and share in the celebration!

Registrations are now open for the following events:

25th Annual Climb for Wilderness The heart and soul of this day!

  • Fun Climb (single); for families and everyone just looking for a fun Saturday $40 per person
  • or Fun Climb (multiple); for those looking for a bit more of a challenge   $125 per person, sign up as many as you like for your team
  • or Endurance Climb; for the athletes out there looking to test their mettle  $150 per person / $600 teams of four
  • Register here

14th Annual Race for Wilderness Quickly becoming a signature part of the day, and one of the most unique climbing events in the world

Towerrunning TWA logo

Towerrunning TWA logo

14th Annual Mural Painting Competition Contribute your mural to the Tallest Gallery in the West and help decorate the inside of the Calgary Tower! The tower gallery is starting to fill up so this may be your last chance to contribute a mural!   free   Sign up here

6th Annual Louise Guy Poetry Contest In honour of Louise Guy, a truly remarkable woman who at 92 was a role model to young and old alike. The contest is open to all ages and each year we have the winning poem transcribed and displayed on the walls of the Calgary Tower stairwells.       $20 per submission Register here

25th Annual Wild Alberta Expo An integral part of the day’s events, the Expo features entertainment, musical acts, childrens’ games and events, and displays from dozens of exhibitors and environmentally-themed organizations.       free Register a display here

We’re also hoping to have some really special events to help commemorate our 25th year. If you have any mementos, videos, stories or photos from the last 25 years that you would like to share, please let us know – we would be thrilled to hear from you!

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