A Collection of Links to Some of My Favorite Organizations and People.


  Los Angeles Wilderness Training

LAWT  trains adult youth workers how to confidently & safely lead their kids on camping and backpacking trips. LAWT also supports these trips with services including access to a gear library of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, clothes, boots, backpacks, stoves, etc.

LAWT on Facebook
Check out the LAWT Gear Library at The Stronhold Gym

Two other organizations in the U.S follow this model; the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP) serving New York and Boston, and Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) serving the San Francisco area.

Chelsea Griffie, founder of LAWT, was Program Director at BAWT from 2006 – 2011.

Kristian Solem is honored to have served on the Advisory Board of LAWT

from 2011 through 2017


The Access Fund

Mission and Vision

The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering.

Five core programs support the mission on national and local levels:
Climbing management policy
Local support & mobilization
Stewardship & conservation
Land acquisition & protection


  American Safe Climbing Association


The ASCA is a bare bones nonprofit organization of dedicated climbers who replace unsafe anchors and reduce the visual and environmental impacts of climbing.



Core Conditioning


“Core,” as it is fondly known by the people who work and teach there, is a cutting edge wellness center founded by physical therapists looking for an alternative to today’s fast paced managed care environment. Each member of Core’s family has a special way of guiding their patients and clients through rehabilitation, whole-body fitness, and lifetime wellness goals. Core differs from the conventional Physical Therapy clinic or Pilates studio in that it integrates 100% of both worlds. This was the dream of its creators…




http://kateyoga.com//Kate | Yoga is a boutique Yoga studio in Monrovia, California
serving the Pasadena, San Gabriel and Los Angeles area.

The focus of each private and group class is to create an appropriate practice
for each individual, based on their unique needs and goals.

Kate’s intention is to create relationship-based Yoga that addresses the mind as much as it deals with the body, to help each student access their own innate healing capabilities and their maximum potential for joy.