BENEFITING: Wish of a Lifetime
Ernest ‘Tap’ Tapley's motto in life is to “dream big, follow your heart, and live free.” At 90 years of age Tap's Wish of a Lifetime is to share the journey of his life. It is a life lived by that motto and one he hopes will inspire and educate future generations of aspiring outdoor enthusiasts and audiences of all types. Please help us preserve and pass on the legacy of an American treasure and a pioneer in outdoor education who has touched and changed the lives of thousands. This is the man who led the first Outward Bound course in America, built the first ropes course high in the trees, initiated the three-day wilderness solo, and when an expedition was trapped in a snowstorm, fed them with an elk he brought down with a throwing knife.
As a descendent of the Passamaquoddy tribe in the North East United States, Tap’s passion for the outdoors was instilled in him at birth. He learned several basic survival skills from his family, and enhanced this knowledge when he was recruited for the famed 10th Mountain Division at the age of 18 during WWII. Tap also helped found the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming, created the first outdoor leadership program on Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, helped create many of America’s famous ski resorts, and through a leadership style based on showing, not telling, instilled a love of wilderness in the hearts of youth from around the world.
Due to the impact that Tap has made on thousands of students, as well as anyone who meets him, Wish of a Lifetime has commissioned an author to grant this wish, by assisting in the publication of Tap’s biography to share with as many people possible. With your help we hope to publish thousands of books about Tap's experience surviving in the wilderness. Through this book we can instill love and respect of nature at a time when crucial habitats are under increasing pressure from human development. Tap's book will help preserve for all of us the places of beauty and wonder Tap used as the greatest classroom the world will ever know. Join us in supporting Tap's Wish and preserving his legacy and wisdom for generations to come.
The first 50 people to donate $200 or more will receive an autographed copy of the book upon its release.
On June 7th, Tap and his incredible story were featured at the annual Wish of a Lifetime Gala.
Contributions to sponsor a specific wish will be used for that wish, but in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent carrying out a wish as planned, the contributions for that wish will be used to at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives. If contributions are received over and above what is necessary to fund a specific wish, the excess funds will be used at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives.