REP­RE­SENT­ING WOMEN

Climbing - - BASECAMP - LAURA VAN VOORHEES, VIA EMAIL

I ap­pre­ci­ated read­ing the let­ters and Ed Note on rep­re­sent­ing women in the climb­ing com­mu­nity in the May is­sue (No. 360). I have ben­e­fit­ted from the ef­forts the mag­a­zine has taken to high­light and em­power women. I hope that this trend con­tin­ues to in­clude climbers from di­verse back­grounds, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion in terms of race, phys­i­cal abil­ity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, and na­tion­al­ity. I have been climb­ing for over 20 years, and it has been my plea­sure to see how the gyms and crags have be­come more di­verse. I have al­ways found the climb­ing com­mu­nity to be in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive, af­firm­ing, and wel­com­ing. I hope as a com­mu­nity we can con­tinue to cre­ate spa­ces and op­por­tu­ni­ties that en­cour­age di­verse bod­ies, think­ing, and back­grounds.

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