Let’s introduce

100,000 kids to

climbing.

Help pro climber Kevin Jorgeson's non-profit, 1Climb, build climbing walls via a unique partnership with TOMS and So iLL.

The Story

In 2017, 1Climb installed a 30-foot-tall climbing wall at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club in St. Lous, MO. Climb So iLL Co-Owner David Chancellor assisted with project coordination from concept to completion.

Planning among Climb So iLL, 1Climb, So iLL, Kevin Jorgeson, and the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club began in early 2016 and culminated with the final climbing wall installation and grand opening on March 15, 2017. The grand opening of the climbing wall began with a ribbon cutting ceremony before over fifty Boys and Girls Club members climbed the wall and participated in yoga classes.

The Climb So iLL team assisted with the initial 1Climb marketing campaign in order to carry out the organization’s mission of “introducing 100,000 kids to climbing”. The team also provided professional climbing expertise, routesetting services, and instruction to the Boys and Girls Club. These efforts made the wall operational and helped instill confidence in young climbers.

1Climb recently raised money on Indiegogo in order to build more climbing walls in Boys and Girls Clubs around the United States. The campaign exceeded the funding goal by 226% – raising a total of $67,778.

The St. Louis initiative was made possible through generous donations and partnerships with the Boys and Girls Club, 1Climb, Climb So iLL, So iLL, Eldorado Wall Company, YoGoGirls, and other corporate partners.

For press inquiries, please email David Chancellor at david@climbsoill.com.

Climb So iLL team members fit climbers into harnesses during the grand opening; March 2017.

A Climb So iLL team member re-sets the climbing wall with new holds; August 2018.

The ribbon is cut at the grand opening of the climbing wall in St. Louis; March 2017.

“We want to give back to the community that has supported us over the years. I believe we have a social responsibility to provide empowering resources for young Saint Louisans. Climbing teaches young people about teamwork and communication while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Outreach programs like the ones offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 1Climb will have a lasting impact on the lives of young people.”

– David Chancellor – Climb So iLL Owner

“We want to give back to the community that has supported us over the years. I believe we have a social responsibility to provide empowering resources for young Saint Louisans. Climbing teaches young people about teamwork and communication while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Outreach programs like the ones offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 1Climb will have a lasting impact on the lives of young people.”

– David Chancellor – Climb So iLL Co-Owner

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1Climb began with a shared desire to take kids climbing and to take climbing to kids. By partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, we are changing the lives of kids via building climbing walls in their club facilities and taking their club members to local climbing gyms.

Climb So iLL – located in Lafayette Square – is an urban climbing destination aimed at educating, challenging, and inspiring individuals through a unique indoor rock climbing experience. The facility’s climbing walls are accessible to all ages and ability levels.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis is to inspire and enable youth to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The Clubs now serve St. Louis youth at ten locations as well as five additional elementary schools through the Mentor St. Louis Program. The Clubs are open during hours that kids are most likely to need a safe place to go — after school and during summer.

Kevin Jorgeson is a professional rock climber and an Adidas sponsored athlete. Kevin made climbing history on January 14, 2015 by completing the hardest rock climb in the world. The climb required Kevin and his partner to live on the side of El Capitan – a 3,000 foot cliff in Yosemite National Park – for 19 consecutive days. Following this historic event, Kevin was featured on National Geographic and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He also met and was congratulated by former President Barack Obama. Kevin’s latest project, “Let’s Make a Move,” introduces younger generations to this life-changing sport.