Celebrating Diversity This February

Happy February, climbers!

Every February, we celebrate the many contributions Black people have made to the rich tapestry of American history. It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the many ways in which black histories and experiences add to the growing narrative of what it means to be an American.

It is also a time to remind ourselves and others about the lack of diversity in the outdoors and the sport of climbing. While the popularity of climbing continues to grow, more and more conversations are being had about the underrepresentation of minorities in the gym and at the crag, and how to remedy them.

This month, we are going to be sharing ways in which you can educate yourself about diversity in climbing and the importance of ensuring that inclusivity remains a priority in our industry. It is vital to seek out stories and experiences that often go overlooked in the American narrative and to be aware of how to make everyone feel welcome and excited to break into a community and sport we all love!

For our first post, please enjoy the following list of books and articles addressing the need for diverse representation on outdoor sports and spaces. The articles are a great way to pass the time when resting between hangboarding sessions, bouldering circuits, or ARCing on autobelays.

Enjoy!

Books:

  • Black Spaces White Faces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Carolyn Finney
  • The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Mills

Articles:

http://sustainableplay.com/the-adventure-gap/

https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/rei-2018/five-ways-to-make-the-outdoors-more-inclusive/3019/

https://www.climbing.com/people/diversity-in-climbing-a-tough-conversation/

https://shoppeblack.us/2018/07/abby-dione-indoor-rock-climbing-gym/

https://www.browngirlsclimb.com/2018/04/27/emily-taylor-paving-a-way-for-the-next-generation-of-competitive-climbers/

https://www.outsideonline.com/2295991/what-adventure-looks

https://www.melaninbasecamp.com/trip-reports/2018/1/31/conversation-with-sophia-danenberg-first-african-american-to-climb-everest

https://www.outsideonline.com/2301896/my-own-everest

http://www.alpinist.com/doc/web17c/wfeature-changing-faces-of-the-outdoors

http://nationswell.com/embracing-diversity-outdoor-recreation/