ROUTE Bowling Pin (V4) LOCATION Buttermilks, Bishop, California
In 2014, then 32-year-old New Yorker Shelma Jun started an Instagram account named Flash Foxy to inspire and connect with other women climbers. Two years later, Flash Foxy held their first Women’s Climbing Festival in Bishop, California. This year, the event returned to the East Side of the Sierra with 300 women attending panel discussions, clinics, slideshows, and stewardship projects. As Jun puts it, Flash Foxy’s goal is to “create a space where women can feel inspired, supported, connected to each other, in a place where conversations can happen to take down barriers to climbing as well as overall in their lives.” Jun hopes to expand the event in coming years and has been at the forefront of addressing the sport’s changing demographics—in particular, the increase in minority and female climbers—speaking at the American Alpine Club and the Access Fund on redefining access and the socioeconomic and gender barriers to climbing. See tinyurl.com/molts7c for more on this year’s event.