Lila tells us how Alpenglow Collective is a connecting force for women and underrepresented genders in the climbing community. They offer an inclusive platform where women (cis and trans), trans people of all genders, and gender non-conforming folks can connect, find climbing partners, and create lasting mentorships.
First Exposure to the Outdoors
I had always kind of done nature stuff with my family, you know, but I was the kid who resented being dragged along to the national parks. I grew up in Kentucky, so every park within driving distance I think we've probably hit, but I wasn't super into it then. It wasn't until I moved to Salt Lake City and got a job at the bureau of land management that it hit me. I hadn't been steeped in outdoor culture like this before. I didn't even have a tent. So when I moved to Salt Lake I got this access to the Outdoors. I got a pro deal through my job and I got the gear and I had friends who were just like super outdoorsy. So that was when I first started really getting outside. I learned how to rock climb, which is super important to me now. So yeah that feels really full circle.
Things we talked about
If you want some resources to learn a little more about what Lila means when they talk about gender, they have some vocab on their website, and on their instagram (@alpenglowcollective.co) story highlights, under “Gender Beta”. (not sure if that link will translate to mobile!)
My first piece of advice is identify people who can help you because it's a lot of hard work, especially doing something non-profit oriented. It's hard work and you're going to need folks who have your back and have resources and can offer advice. The second piece of it though, is just do it, go ahead and start.
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