lo­cal level

Climbing - - THE APPROACH -

In the last two years, we have seen more women pop­ping up on so­cial me­dia, and more films fol­low­ing the suc­cess of fe­male pro­fes­sional ath­letes, which is great. But what I haven’t seen is any­one en­cour­ag­ing women to join the in­dus­try on a lo­cal level. How many fe­male set­ters are there? How many per­sonal train­ers? You guessed it: not a lot. Will it ever be the case that women have a space within the climb­ing com­mu­nity that they don’t have to fight to pro­tect—or even to gain in the first place? Will I ever be re­warded for fol­low­ing my pas­sion, or will the re­sponse al­ways be, “Good on ya’ for try­ing to keep up with the boys!”?

—Danielle Hughes, via email

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