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.
Snaking through the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, Ariz. is the Mount Lemmon Highway, a 26 mile road climbing from the Tucson valley to the summit of Mount Lemmon, the highest point in southern Arizona. Cyclists flock to the windy, steep route — what makes such a challenge so alluring?
An indoor rock climbing session at Rocks and Ropes in Tucson, Ariz. with Olivia Fehlberg through photos and natural sound.
One of Tucson’s longest-running DIY punk spaces, Gary’s Place, including a chat with the man behind it all, Cord Boyd.