Bennett Rahn is a plus size climber and adventurer living in Seattle, Washington (land of the Duwamish tribe as part of the Coast Salish peoples). In her day job—which she sometimes calls her alter ego—she’s a software engineer. But her true love is being outside. She’s passionate about working toward more inclusive outdoor spaces for all.
“I want to be a part of bringing the outdoors to people who have been completely forgotten and excluded historically,” Bennett says. To this end, she spends her personal time befriending and mentoring other folks, especially fat women, gender non-conforming folks and people of color. She is currently pursuing her SPI (single pitch instructor) training to become a certified guide. Her goal is to lead trips and show folks that climbing is for all.
Bennett is excited about working on projects that increase size accessibility in the outdoor industry. That includes her leadership with Climb Big, a community of plus size rock climbers, which she’s excited to grow from local meet ups to trips. In fall 2021 she’s planning her first big climbing road trip to meet up with folks from all over the desert states in the US southwest. “I'm excited to keep growing as an outdoors person and continue to be representation that people that look like me can do rad things,” she says.
Helping to teach people to climb! Bennett runs mentorship meet ups for everything from learning to top rope outside for the first time to learning to place gear.
Gaining confidence and competence in taking up space in the outdoors. From starting as a hiker and indoor boulderer, she’s proud of her expanded skill set from alpine climbing and skiing to paddle boarding and surfing.
Skiing Loowit, spring 2021
Climbing regularly—usually multiple times a week, and at least once a week outdoors—in 2021