We aim to create a comprehensive series of programs for our community of all ages and we wouldn’t be able to accomplish this without our growing number of youth programs. Greg Bahr, our Youth Programs Manager, is the mind behind our Adventure Days, Adventure Weeks, Kids Academy, and other youth-related programs.
As we kick off another season of youth programs, Greg got silly with us and answered a couple of questions about his passion for climbing, his goals as the Youth Programs Manager, and even his super awesome dog, David Bowie.
Brooklyn Boulders was a serendipitous opportunity for me.
Who are you?
Gregory Bahr is an American billionaire, industrialist, and philanthropist. He has sworn revenge on criminals – an oath tempered with a sense of justice – and resides in Gotham City. Oh wait, that’s Batman. During the day, I am the Youth Programs Manager at Brooklyn Boulders in Chicago! The Batman statement may or may not be true, but I dare you to prove me otherwise.
What’s your background?
I am Midwest born and raised and have been climbing/in the industry for the last eight years of my life. From managing a climbing gym, route setting, working in gear shops, building climbing walls, working at the Access Fund (a not-for-profit rock climbing advocacy group), and climbing semi-professionally for a handful of companies, climbing has been the driving force of my life and is my one true passion.
I didn’t want to give up climbing, but I knew I needed something more stable in life and more selflessly rewarding. I turned to Brooklyn Boulders for the opportunity to give back to my community.
What brought you to BKB Chicago?
Brooklyn Boulders was a serendipitous opportunity for me. I was living in Los Angeles for two years and wasn’t really enjoying it. When I came back home to Chicago, I stumbled upon Brooklyn Boulders and inquired about a job. BKB saw my passion for climbing and kids. The rest was history!
Where does your passion for kids and youth programs come from?
My passion for kids and youth climbing programs comes purely from the aspect of wanting to give back to my community. I left home at 18 and instead of gaining a formal education, I learned via nature/rock climbing. I have been on a wild ride of great career opportunities, traveling everywhere, meeting great people, and being solely dedicated to pushing myself as a climber. Unfortunately, that life isn’t exactly stable and only benefits yourself. I didn’t want to give up climbing, but I knew I needed something more stable in life and more selflessly rewarding. I turned to Brooklyn Boulders for the opportunity to give back to my community. In return, I get the chance to show why climbing teaches us valuable life skills. I’m beyond blessed with the chance to be someone who can facilitate these experiential educational opportunities for the vibrant youth community of Chicago.
What’s one or two fun/interesting facts about you?
- The love of my life is my dog, David Bowie. He is a border collie mix! Yes, my next dog is totally going to be named Ziggy Stardust.
- Even though I have climbed all over the United States, my favorite climbing spot is still Devil’s Lake State Park in my home state of Wisconsin.
- Speaking of Wisconsin, how much do I love my home? Enough to have it tattooed over my heart!
- I once literally only ate mini Clif Bars that I got for free for an entire three-week duration so I could make a climbing trip happen. Seriously. Three weeks of only Clif Bars and water.
My passion for kids and youth climbing programs comes purely from the aspect of wanting to give back to my community.
What’s your spirit animal?
Thanks to my big, furry winter hat, I think all the kids at BKB would say it’s a wolf!
Anything else you think the world should know?
Climbing has the potential to impact a child’s life in numerous ways. I welcome everyone to come discuss that statement with me. So if you see a guy in a goofy, furry hat and Nikes, let’s chat. Let me know what our youth community needs in Chicago and we can discuss how BKB can help.