CLIMBER

Shelma Jun

Climbing - - FLASH - JULIE ELLISON

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.

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