REI | Beyond Blisters: A Panel on Building Inclusive Communities

april 2019

19apr6:30 pm8:30 pmREI | Beyond Blisters: A Panel on Building Inclusive Communities

Event Details

Strong climbers build more than callouses. Join moderator Grace Thompson of Team DC and panelists from the climbing community for a conversation on how to engage diverse individuals within the greater climbing community. Focusing on deaf, adaptive, veteran and LGBTQ individuals, panelists will speak to topics of bias, trust, stigma, representation and inclusion. This conversation will be guided by these questions: How do we move this conversation from theory to action? How do we encourage individual members of the climbing community to push their personal boundaries and assumptions? How will this broaden the definition of who we will climb with? How can we show respect while seeking to understand how we can climb together? Then join the panel at Sportrock Climbing the next day for workshop sessions on photography, the psychology of fear, and how biological changes affect climbing. Panelists and workshop leaders include Nikki Smith, Elise Roy and Jared Lenahan.


(Friday) 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST


REI Co-op Washington DC Flagship

201 M Street


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