Last month, the @outdoorafro team made history by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro on an expedition fully led and supported by African Americans. “As night fell we trekked on. We could hear the blue monkeys going from tree to tree, talking to each other. It was pretty cool to just be able to hear them. A few us were able to have our headlamps out and handy. This was the night we naturally started working together as a team. Since a few of us did not have headlamps, we relied on each other to call out obstacles like rocks, roots, gaps along the trail. It was just a natural rhythm we all had. At times it was hard for me to focus at the ground. I took my first look at the night sky, that warmed my soul.” Words by @bleavitt8 and photos by @outdoorafro #OAClimbsKili #climbwalls @outdoorafro will be sharing stories from the climb on Tuesday, July 24 at Outdoor Retailer in Denver, CO. See link in bio for more info.
Where Monserrat Matehuala (@outdoor_chingona) was born, there are no mountains. She found them through climbing. Since then, she’s learned the largest walls she and her community face are not made of rock, but those society has put up. Walls are meant for climbing. Join us in celebrating the walls that unite us, not divide us on 8.18.2018 for Global Climbing Day, see link in bio. #ClimbWalls
Some people build walls, other people climb them. Since 1966, we’ve seen walls not as obstacles but as opportunities. They are a chance to explore what we believe to be possible. They are a vertical proving ground for grit, perseverance, and determination. They taught us to trust, to work together, to create safety in partnership. They are mirrors that reflect the best versions of ourselves. Walls do not divide us, walls bring us together. Walls are meant for climbing. Join us in celebrating the walls that unite us, not divide us on 8.18.2018 for Global Climbing Day, see link in bio. #ClimbWalls
That she grew up in Cut and Shoot, Texas, is the tip of what makes Bethany rad. With a background in neuroscience and child development, she is on her way to getting a master’s in sport and performance psychology. She learned to climb during her undergraduate years to help her find her voice. A few years later, she started @browngirlsclimb, an Instagram account advocating for inclusivity and positive representation of women of color (WOC) in mountaineering and rock climbing. Bethany, who identifies as biracial credits climbing with fostering communities and friendships, but recognizes there’s work to be done diversity-wise. She’s keeping the momentum up through mentorship based meet-ups, a climbing festival to celebrate culture and diversity, and promoting education and training for WOC interested in expanding their skills. Her reason for intentional outreach is pretty simple; new ways to explore the world requires new perspectives. Climbing is just one way to make that happen. Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration - see link in bio. #shemovesmountains Photo by @natuxicana
Everything we do at The North Face is put through a filter of quality and integrity. Today we pay tribute to @landonbassett, a treasured friend and true original who has helped us stay true to that filter. Over 8 years with The North Face, he both charmed and provoked those who had the pleasure of his company with a mix of curiosity, intelligence, and an unmatched pursuit of quality in life and in work. Landon was a guiding force behind the films we are most proud to tag The North Face. He was a true explorer, on the mountain and off into deep discussions of morality, purpose and values. Landon fit lifetimes of adventure into his 37 years. He will be wildly missed and we’re proud to carry his legacy. Check out the link in our bio to read more on his life from our friends @tetongravity.
Too often the definition of strength is perceived as one dimensional and, as an ultra runner, Hillary Allen @hillygoat_climbs is far too familiar with this. Last year after a harrowing accident, she began a journey to recovery that allowed her to discover the true meaning of strength. See link in bio to watch the full episode. Our four-part series, Mentors, examines the truths we find through exploration, and allows these stories to broaden how we define an explorer. Shot on location in Salt Lake City in the Clubhouse SLC home to the Ladies Literary Club, the oldest women's club in the West. Discover more stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains. #SheMovesMountains