Largely constant through the years, rock climbing has long been known as a mostly white, leisure class sport. While great strides toward gender parity have been made in recent years, ethnic diversity is still lacking, and solutions are few and far between.
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?
The Southern Arizona Climbers Coalition held their annual Cochise Stronghold Adopt-A-Crag event on September 26, 2015, in the East Stronghold. Their objective: put in place erosion control techniques to fix and prevent further damage to the Rockfellow Group approach trail.
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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.