Girl Crew in the Gunks?!
But—we’ve found that the best way to break down these barriers is to provide our sport’s growing community of females more opportunities to learn and develop with one another.
2016 saw the very first Women’s Climbing Festival, which sold out in less than 24 hours, had a 160+ women waiting list, and nothing but positive reviews:
“There aren’t many spaces, both in time and physically, where I find women reveling in conversations about their passions—in this case climbing—without the distractions of relationships and responsibilities. Places where we’re viewed and valued as individuals who are pursuing their interests without consideration of what we ‘should’ be doing, or how we ‘should’ be behaving. This festival created that space, and as a woman who is very passionate about her career, traveling, and climbing, it felt incredibly liberating and exciting to participate.”
“Rather than feeling like I needed to be protected or feeling like I had certain roles I had to adhere to, at this festival, I felt strong. I felt free … at this gathering of women, we were encouraged to fully embrace ourselves as climbers, athletes, women, and whatever else we identify with because that is what is going to help us grow as human beings and collectively as women–especially women climbers.”
After experiencing the overwhelming positivity emanating from the first ever Women’s Climbing Festival, we couldn’t simply overlook the craving for more.
The purpose of these female-focused events is to empower, uplift, and support other women with a shared passion for climbing. The Girl Crew Ramble is our means of contributing to this powerful, growing movement.
The ramble begins at the Gunks this fall from September 30 – October 2, 2016.
We hope that you’ll support and/or join us for women’s panels, clean-ups, celebrations, and of course, incredible rock climbing. More details coming soon!