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Miranda looking at her pregnant belly while taking a break from climbing
becoming
a mother, not
unbecoming
myself
WRITTEN BY MIRANDA OAKLEY, A MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CLIMBER & ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE.
“I am a 37-year-old climbing guide who has decided to get pregnant. If I had it my way, I would have waited another five years or so until I was completely ready. But this year, I accepted that I would never be completely ready to change my life forever.”
finding
balance
off the
scale
WRITTEN BY GENEVIVE WALKER, A MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR CLIMBER.
“All I saw were lean climbers crushing it... I started to question my place in the sport and wonderered if this was something I could even do”
profile of Genevive in the ghost whisperer
wait, there’s more
During 2021 Open Aperture photo clinic, Shara reaches for her next hold while lead climbing
cruxing in community
WRITTEN BY SHARA ZAIA, CO-FOUNDER
OF CRUXING IN COLOR.
“It is our collective responsibility as a society to create spaces that provide freedom for those how have systematically had theirs withheld.”
how to hire a guide
WRITTEN BY IZZY LAZARUS
OF THE MOUNTAIN GUIDES.
Hiring a guide is akin to hiring any other trade professional. Just like hiring a mechanic, you want someone who is reliable, well trained, and gets the job done right.
why open aperture matters
WRITTEN BY CHEYENNE ELISE SMITH.
Open Aperture was different from any other photo clinic I’ve seen. It was a clinic to create more seats at the table. Geared for under-represented communities, it was intentionally presented as a space where one could comfortably navigate new skills in a group of affinity — a celebration of diversity.
open aperture
PHOTO CLINIC
No one can better tell the story of an underrepresented group's experience better than those directly affected. With guiding and rigging support by The Mountain Guides, the Open Aperture Photo Clinic sponsors six participants to join MHW ambassador Nikki Smith for a photography workshop to help sharpen their skills and empower them to document their respective groups.
seeing is believing
WRITTEN BY RACHEL BURKS,
MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SKIER.
When I did find women in print, it was generally an image of them smiling big in the middle of a low-angle powder turn (as if that was the only thing worth shooting in regards to women and skiing). I remember asking myself, “Where are the girls hucking cliffs?!”
participant looks at camera
pitched
into
presence
LGBTQIA2S+ SINGLE PITCH
INSTRUCTOR COURSE
How do you land your dream job, when that position isn’t available to you? Sometimes you have to create a new space. In partnership with the American Mountain Guides Association, we offer six all-expense-paid scholarships to our annual LGBTQIA2S+ Single Pitch Instructor Course, which takes place in a new location each year.
from the archive
The group gets ready to climb, coiling rope, adjusting harnesses, etc.
sisters of the rope
THE WOMEN'S NETWORK & PROTRACK
The Women’s Network and The ProTrack are two programs designed to usher women into guiding, developed and run by The Mountain Guides, our alpine and rock climbing guide partner.
venture out
WITH ALEX JOHNSON
& NIKKI SMITH
As we work toward better understanding how LGBTQIA2S+ folks experience our mountains differently and creating a more inclusive outdoors, we called on help from the people closest to us.
make space for women
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2021
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY PANEL
Even in 2021... Even in an industry that appears progressive... Even in sports where women are going big and making it big… The gender inequality is still unresolved. International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to look at it closely and embrace those impacted by it, eyes wide open.
all day epic
WRITTEN BY MIRANDA OAKLEY, A MOUNTAIN
HARDWEAR CLIMBER & ROCK CLIMBING GUIDE.
Inside an all-day epic at The Needles with climber Miranda Oakley, along with an other-worldly look at the mountains through the lens of Ted Hesser.
all day epic: part two
CONTRIBUTED BY CHARLOTTE DURIF AND JOSH LARSON.
In a photojournal-style gallery, Charlotte Durif and Josh Larson share the story of their return to a hidden gem of unclimbed potential in Pitumarca, Peru.
friendly competition
WRITTEN BY MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR ATHLETE
KYRA CONDIE AND ROCK CLIMBER ALEX JOHNSON.
Climbers Kyra Condie and Alex Johnson reflect on their evolving relationship as coach/athlete, competitors, teammates, training partners, and finally, friends.
mhw everest expedition
EMPLOYEE TRIP
A team of six Mountain Hardwear employees trekked through Nepal to Everest Base Camp, where they met our climbing team before their attempt to climb the 8000m peak.
alpinist cowboy camp, cozied up in ghost whisperer and sleeping bags, checking on coffee
backpacking
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