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Empowering Women with Rock Climbing

Bringing diversity to the outdoor climbing world

Rock climbing is a popular extreme sport that is enjoyed by all walks of life across the globe. Lizzy Van Patten, climbing enthusiast and founder of She Moves Mountains, has been on a mission to increase diversity in the climbing sport by introducing people who identify as women (cis/trans), or girls to the high-scaling action sport.

With years of experience and knowledge under her belt from her time spent climbing in the U.S. and Patagonia, "(Patten) started She Moves Mountains as a means to confront the lack of female presence in the climbing and professional guiding world," this event description describes.

Empowering Women with Rock Climbing

On March 31 from 6-8pm, women (cis/trans) and girls of all ages and skill sets are welcomed to join Patten at the Bend Rock Gym in order to learn more about outdoor climbing through a series of mini classes that cover how to read a guidebook and how to build and assess anchors using the acronym "EARNEST."

"Whether your goal is to try rock climbing for the very first time, have an exciting day exploring a new area, or to learn mental techniques to push yourself while on lead - Lizzy will make sure to cater your climbing day to meet your goals," says the event description.

This in-person event is donation-based with recommended donations being between $5 and $30 per ticket.

For more information and to register for this woman-empowering, rock-conquering course, visit shejumps.eventbrite.com.

Outdoor Climbing 101: Transition from gym to the crag.
Bend Rock Gym
Thu., March 31, 6-8pm
1182 SE Centennial Court., Bend.