After sharing my last post, I felt a follow up post was necessary considering all of the dialogue witnessed thereafter. There were countless women and men who shared their personal stories teeming with condescension and microaggressions (or witnessing these micro aggressions.) There were women and men who stated that, since they weren’t guilty of mansplaining … More Responses to “Mansplaining in Climbing”
*Reposted from the Outdoor Research Verticulture blog. To check out more cool stories from myself or other athletes, check out their website at https://www.outdoorresearch.com/blog/ With any type of climbing, there are plenty of differing opinions on how to improve—including, of course, bouldering. Climbers now have access to a wealth of information and resources for how to … More 5 Myths About Bouldering Hard
Mansplaining: manˈsplān/ verb 1.) (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. Mansplaining, though not a new phenomenon, is a relatively new word that seeks to illuminate one way sexism can subtly (or not so subtly) infiltrate our experiences and daily dialogues. It is most commonly referred to … More Mansplaining in Climbing
Today marks one week of working in a Neurosurgery & Behavior lab and often feeling pulled between completely opposing emotions: anxiety and calm; dread and excitement; doubtful and confident… It truly reminds me of the same whirlpool of emotions I experience through projecting a hard climb. In the beginning, as you narrow down the list … More Science & Climbing
I first learned about Makaila through Bethany, our last interviewee and creator of @BrownGirlsClimb. She mentioned getting to know a young crusher who lived in my home state (woop woop NC!) and was competing at the national level just a few years after starting climbing. Sure enough, after seeing some online videos of her competing, I … More Spotlight: Meet Makaila Parks, 10 year old competitive climber!
Red Rocks passed by like a dream. I was apprehensive about Vegas and the desert at first; lush Pacific Northwest landscapes feel like home and the idea of the desert sometimes pales in comparison for me against familiar greens and blues, against our flora and fauna and massive granite boulders. I could not have been more wrong. … More Red Rocks, Photos & Training
Today I am so excited to share an interview with such an inspiring woman, Bethany Lebewitz. I met Bethany online through Instagram as she was creating her page @BrownGirlsClimb to highlight and encourage diversity within the climbing community. We instantly connected as two women with similar stories, a passion for science and of course, a passion for climbing. … More Spotlight: Bethany Lebewtiz