Brown Girls Climb and Brothers Of Climbing Present Color The Crag

Outdoor Research is psyched and proud to partner with the first-ever Color The Crag climbing festival Oct. 20-22 in Horse Pens 40, Ala. Beyond climbing clinics and workshops, the festival will feature panel discussions, yoga and meditation sessions and a service project. We chatted with Bethany Lebewitz, founder of Brown Girls Climb, to find out more about the purpose and heart behind the event. Here's what she said:

What inspired you to organize Color The Crag?

"Brothers Of Climbing and Brown Girls Climb want to share our love for climbing and create a space to bring our different communities together to climb the mountains we love and and to talk about the topics that matter most to us."

Why should people plan to go? What will they take away from it?

"Mikhail [of BOC] and I want people to leave Color the Crag knowing that they have a real community of folks to connect with."

What will the event be like, and why do you feel it's important right now?

"We are also focusing on encouraging leadership within communities of color by collaborating with other social media influencers, organizations, and community-owned businesses. We're proud to have representation in all aspects of the festival, from athletes to panelists to food vendors everyone involved in the festival has a something to share or teach. It's great to have had such a large response from sponsors like Outdoor Research. There's definitely a lot of work to do concerning building inclusive and accessible outdoor recreational spaces and products and establishing meaningful relationships with our partners is a great start!"

For more information about the event, check out Hope to see you there!