By creating my own programming I hope to build new and inclusive avenues toward mentorship and instruction, with both the client and guide in mind.
Once I receive my SPI certification, I will be able to operate as a instructor and can start making moves toward creating my own guiding service and collaborating with other queer folks and survivors to start programming specially designed for our communities.
In order to create new pathways in the outdoor industry it is imperative that we can dream together and envision futures defined by equity, inclusivity, and empowerment.
At the beginning of the course we introduced ourselves with our pronouns. Someone pointed out that there were more folks with they/them pronouns than not—and wow, what an amazing moment! I have never experienced that within any affinity group before, and it brought tears to my eyes.
We are here and there are so many of us within the climbing community. This physical representation of nonbinary-ness, of trans-ness, of queerness was absolutely beautiful and I was honored to be a part of it.
Creating accessibility and affinity projects like the LGBTQIA2+ Single Pitch Instructor course gives me hope that progress is happening in the guiding industry. Affinity groups and organizations that embody excluded communities hold knowledge and perspectives that are integral to creating an equitable and sustainable future for outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Collaboration is the only way forward and I’m stoked to see the progress that has been made so far, and am excitedly looking forward to the future. Together we can create the future we want to see in the outdoors!