Empowering Women with Rock Climbing | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

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.

About The Author

Trevor Bradford

Trevor considers himself the forever traveling man. Coming from a military family and with no true place to call “home,” Bend, for now, is where his dad hats hang. When he isn’t traveling you can catch him enjoying fresh air, living his best life and thinking about traveling. He graduated from Boise State University...
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