Meet the group making climbing safer (and not in the way you might think)
Climbing is supposed to be scary, but if you’re queer, trans or gender non-conforming, it can be terrifying. The ClimbingQTs Membership Launch Party at Northside Boulders. Riley EdwardsFor a first-time climber, walking into a gym can be bloody terrifying. Seeing people fall off walls, contort their bodies into impossible positions and hear people use words like ‘beta’ and ‘dyno’ can intimidate even the boldest newbie. But for some people, the idea of entering any sporting space induces anxiety.
‘The image of sport is so dominated by masculinity that I think it makes it harder for other identities to find space within those forms of masculinity,’ says Argo, a climber who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns.
‘I felt these two aspects of my personality weren’t compatible at all.’
Argo isn’t alone. Many queer, trans and gender non-confirming people are turned off sport .... Continue Reading at Vertical Life Mag