The world found itself in the midst of a global pandemic outdoor exploration came to a halt. While this pause affected us all, some of the biggest economic impacts have been felt by communities that serve as the gateways to the parks and trails we love.
From family and friends who encouraged us to follow our curiosity, to the guides, educators, and volunteers who work tirelessly to fuel an enduring love of exploration, these are the communities we’re working so hard to support.
In March of 2020, we committed to over $1 million to support outdoor communities across the globe that make exploration possible through our social impact and advocacy platform, the Explore Fund.
Now, we’re excited to share the amazing work already being done in communities as they enable a safe return to outdoors in a world forever changed by the impacts of COVID-19.
The North Face teams around the globe are continuing this work in each of their local communities. We will continue to update the information on this site so that you can learn about all of the amazing partner organizations that work tirelessly to support outdoor exploration on a global scale.
For over 50 years, we've led the world forward through exploration—an action and a mindset capable of uniting us. Exploration has the power to change lives and connect us all.
We’re immensely grateful to these communities and organizations who make exploration possible, and we can’t wait to get out there together again soon.
THE B.I.G. INITIATIVE
The B.I.G. Initiative is a not-for-profit organisation with a goal of increasing the number of womxn in leadership roles in the climbing industry.
In their inaugural year B.I.G gave carefully crafted routesetting workshops across Canada, giving womxn an introduction to routesetting and additional routesetters were able to deepen their knowledge. B.I.G offered all its workshops for free, removing yet another barrier to entry to the participants.
The Explore Fund will allow B.I.G. to continue their mission in 2020. Their mission continues to be to give womxn high-quality, concrete, real-life skills and opportunities that will help them achieve the goals they’ve set for themselves.