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Golden State Guiding: Sharing a Passion for the Outdoors

Jan 15th 2021

When Ryan Hartegan founded Golden State Guiding more than 3 years ago, he knew that he wanted to donate part of the company’s profits to organizations that help protect the environment.

Based in Southern California, Golden State Guiding offers outdoor experiences including rock climbing, mountaineering, backcountry skiing and splitboarding, ice climbing, and avalanche courses. Not only is the environment critical to Ryan’s business; he wants to share his passion for the outdoors with his family for years to come.

I’ve got a loving wife and wonderful daughter, and I want to make sure these places we love so much and spend time in are around for future generations to enjoy,” says Ryan.

“I’ve got a loving wife and wonderful daughter, and I want to make sure these places we love so much and spend time in are around for future generations to enjoy.”

Among the company’s accomplishments, Golden State Guiding:

  • Facilitated outings for more than 600 individuals in 2019 in and around San Diego, Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, the Eastern Sierra, and elsewhere
  • Expanded its offerings to include AIARE avalanche courses
  • Is a 1% for the Planet member, donating 1% of its annual profits to organizations preserving the environment, including Yosemite Conservancy, the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, and Protect our Winters (POW)

 

After learning that POW is collaborating with Bank of the West and researching the steps they are jointly taking to address climate change, he switched is banking relationship to Bank of the West.

“We did our due diligence,” says Ryan. “It’s really important to me that we align ourselves with like-minded businesses, whether that’s a financial institution or an environmental organization.”

Learn more about Bank of the West’s actions on sustainability and diversity here.

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