Events

AMC Speaker Series with Majka Burhardt

Majka Burhardt ice climbing in colorful blue pants, orange jacket and purple helmet.Join your cold-weather climbing friends in the AMC Boston Chapter Mountaineering Community and beyond for tall tales of thin ice and thriving futures with Majka Burhardt.

Majka will share stories of shoring up the world’s water towers in the face of climate change, leveraging a team of world-class rock climbers for cliff-side access scientific research, playing in the frozen vertical, and life as a working and climbing mom of 5 year old twins.

Majka’s Bio: Majka is a professional climber, author, filmmaker and the founder and director of Legado, a non-profit that works to secure what they call “Thriving Futures” in some of the world’s most important areas for conserving biodiversity and safeguarding our climate.

This is a virtual event. Participants can email sendhers@amcbostonclimbers.com to register.  Connection information will be sent to registrants the week of the event. All attendees are entered to win a New England Ice Climbing guidebook. You must register for the event to be eligible. A winner will be announced at the end of the event.

Community Ascension Project – AMC Presentation

The Community Ascension Project was a series of workshops on collaborative climbing route development and crag stewardship practices held over 6 weekends in southern New Hampshire. You are invited to join a presentation by the organizers of the event: Kumi Wauthier, Dolci Mascolo and Bill Fogel. Learn about the successes and challenges of the project with the following objectives:

  • Introduce and expose historically excluded community members to crag development and stewardship
  • Inform about the process of developing and stewarding a crag
  • Build a diverse community committed to inclusive route development and stewardship practices
  • Promote inclusive community based crag development practices

Please register for the Zoom meeting on the link below:

https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/137035

Community Ascension Project – Community Presentation

The Community Ascension Project conducted a series of workshops on collaborative climbing route development and crag stewardship practices held over 6 weekends in southern New Hampshire.  You are invited to join a presentation by the organizers of the event: Kumi Wauthier, Dolci Mascolo and Bill Fogel.  Learn about the program and engage in discussions on next steps.

The project has the following objectives:

  • Introduce and expose self-identifying marginalized community members to crag development and stewardship
  • Inform community members about the process of developing and stewarding a crag
  • Build a diverse community committed to inclusive route development and stewardship practices
  • Promote inclusive community based crag development practices

 

Please register for this event at the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdOqrpjkiHdPC54hJDAXP12T2Jy2O4M_L

Melissa Utomo – JDEI Online Speaker Series

Please join the AMC’s Western Massachusetts Chapter and the WMCC in an online Speaker Series. Co-sponsored by the Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees and Western MA Mountaineering.

Please register to receive the zoom link.

Our Speaker is Melissa Utomo is a “web developer powered by JavaScript & rock climbs.” Along with others, Melissa is engaged in addressing offensive route names in climbing. In 2019 she proposed a tech solution to address offensive content on the Mountain Project app. Melissa delved deeper into the topic by asking what obstacles lead to these exclusionary practices. This fall, she founded Project Beta to find a solution: “Build a guidebook app that liberates information and invests in our community rather than marginalizes it.” Melissa will speak to her experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.

To find out more about Melissa:Shot from above of Melissa Utomo climbing.
-Why do so many climbing routes have racist and sexist names?
-Melissa Utomo and Project Beta Are Tackling Hate Speech in Climbing
-Mario Stanley – EP – 11 Melissa Utomo
-Instagram – @mighty_mutomo

AMC Speaker Series – Juan Michael Porter II

You’re invited to join the AMC’s Western Massachusetts Chapter for the first of its Justice,
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee’s speaker series.

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: Outdoors.org

Please register for the JDEI Speaker Series.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link for the session.

Our first Speaker is Juan Michael Porter II.
Juan Michael Porter II is an arts & culture journalist whose coverage focuses on the intersection of Black lives, media criticism, and sexual health advocacy. He has written for TheBody.com, Anti-Racism Daily, Observer, American Theatre, Time Out NY, SYFY, Christian Science Monitor and AMC Outdoors. He is a National Critics Institute Fellow, member of the American Theatre Critics Association, former dancer and avid hiker.

Juan Michael will speak to his experiences addressing racism in the outdoors and everyday life. Afterwards there will be a Q/A and discussion.

To find out more about Juan Michael please read:
‘We Didn’t Expect to See You’: Racism and Profiling on Katahdin
Bold Type: How I Learned to Reject My Online Abusers
Make the outdoors more equitable— Anti-Racism Daily

We look forward to you joining us!