A5: Rock Climbing’s Diversity Problem, Part One

Though climbing has made great strides towards gender parity in recent years, there is still a population segment that is largely missing from the sport: ethic minorities. While there are exceptions, like Kai Lightner, a black youth competitor who is among the U.S.’s top competitive and outdoor climbers, climbing has remained a largely white, leisure-class activity. Access Fund staffers Ty Tyler and Curt Shannon chime in to provide some perspective on what can be done to promote the sport as a viable option to minority groups.

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