Events

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

WMCC JDEI Committee Winter Speaker Series: Climb United initiative of the American Alpine Club

Two hands clasped; one with a crack climbing glove made of tape. "Climb United" below the image.

WMCC JDEI Committee Winter Speaker Series with Cody Kaemmerlen and Shara Zaia from the Climb United Initiative of the American Alpine Club. 

Join us for a conversation with Cody and Shara about how Climb United is increasing access to the outdoors and how oppressive or discriminatory route names can get in the way of this. Let’s learn together how their body of work is impacting the national discussion and how it can inform our own processes towards route naming locally at Hanging Mountain and beyond.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84507238940

 

Speaker bios:

Cody Kaemmerlen

Cody lives in Salt Lake City where he serves on the Board of Directors for the Salt Lake climbers alliance and sits on the Jedi and communications committees. He is the director of Climb United Initiative and the host of the Wilder Mind podcast.

Shara Zaia

Shara is an Assyrian-American climber, educator, and community organizer based in Denver, CO. She is the founder of Cruxing In Color: a meetup platform aiming to connect, inspire, and educate self-identified POC within the context of climbing by offering free mentorship and access to gear.

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!