Mission: Connecting People and Mountains
History: It began with a conversation on top of a mountain in Alaska.
A moment enveloped in gratitude revealed that the unique beauty witnessed in life through skiing truly arose from the experience of mountains. A seed of inspiration was planted to break free from the self-seeking skier and to share in the beauty of life with others.
In 2008 the plan was to simply volunteer in Africa, but the visionary for International Peace Initiatives had a bigger idea. Time and money were needed for the completion of the Kithoka Amani Community Home (KACH), a place for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. JP Auclair’s heart and drive lead the decision to drop in.
Three years later, after many months on the ground and countless hours fumbling through fund raising, the idea inspired by the mountains connected like-minded skiers with the community of Meru, Kenya. A kitchen, dining hall, and small farm grew to fruition. KACH was built and Alpine Initiatives was forged.
The energy snowballed as AI expanded and partnered with the visionary of Hope For Madagascar inspiring sustainable development and food sourcing.
Experiences abroad were the foundation from which AI emerged but it was time to reconnect with the mountains.
In 2010 Backcountry Initiatives was introduced providing education for teenagers to grow safe mountain experiences.
Grass Roots Grants was created to seek out visionaries among mountain towns in hopes of empowering their inspiration by connecting them with resources and funding so their vision could grow.
In 2014 an avalanche in South America took JP Auclair. Our hearts were broken.
Alpine Initiatives, Armada and friends of Auclair partnered in creating The Auclair Fund to honor the memory of JP by supporting his partner Ingrid and his son Leo through the time of despair.
AI’s spirit stayed strong while continuing Grass Roots Grants and co-hosting the annual JP Memorial. Honestly, Alpine Initiatives stumbled along searching for a way to endure while preserving the legacy of JP Auclair.
Future: Three years later, it began with a conversation on top of a mountain in British Columbia…