As our community grows, it’s important to create a welcoming space for everyone. Learning to be an ally takes education and practice, it can also feel a bit overwhelming, just like tying into the sharp end of the rope for the first time. Take the first step and come for an exploration into what it means to be an ally in our community. “Climbing Towards Inclusivity” tours topics like race, gender equality, LGBTQ identity, ability, and bias. This discussion is open to all races, genders, ages, and abilities and is a beginner-friendly workshop.
There are two Ally workshops, this is Session 1. You may choose to also sign up for Session 2—Roundtable Discussion: How to Climb 3 Grades Harder with Diversity & Inclusion, if desired.
Elyse (she/her) has worn many hats in the outdoor industry and education worlds. Since 2006 she has taken thousands of youth and adults on outdoor adventures all over North America, and during these adventures the interrogation of equity, access and privilege played a central role. In 2011 Elyse began her journey as founder of OUT There Adventures, a 501(c)3 dedicated to further bridging the gap between the LGBTQ community and the natural world. Along this path, Elyse has worked tirelessly to reduce outdoor access barriers for all members of the LGBTQ community. This has resulted in dozens of publications, presentations, interviews, trainings and program partnerships aimed at increasing queer visibility and further complicating the narrative of who goes outside and how. Elyse’s work has appeared in places such as the Rutledge International Handbook of Outdoor Studies, in print and person at industry events such as Outdoor Retailer, and in March of 2018 Elyse was named a “Top Woman in Conservation and Environmental Justice” by ECODiversity Magazine. Elyse is also the co-organizer of the annual LGBTQ Outdoor Summit. Outside of her work, Elyse is known for her sense of humor best conveyed through perfectly timed message GIFs, and in her [rare] free time she can be found paddling through the central Salish Sea.
Elyse Cogburn: As a Pacific Northwest native, Elyse grew up in rivers and natural environments. It wasn't until she was an adult that she discovered her passion for climbing. She was stoked to be able to experience the outdoors in an entirely new perspective. She has since thrown herself into all things climbing, from summit sunrises to desert sunsets -- and the slog in between. She is passionate about equalizing the outdoor industry by creating visibility and building community with other climbers.
Emily Mannisto: Co-founder, Director of Outreach, Events, and Marketing at Alpenglow Collective. Originally from Long Island, NY, Emily’s intro to the outdoors was hiking the PCT in 2014. Since moving to Portland post-hike, she picked up climbing from REI coworkers and was hooked. In her 3ish years of climbing, she has embraced all aspects of climbing – the adrenaline rush of leading, the frustration of backing off of a summit, and the acceptance that she will never have pretty hands ever again. She is a recipient of the 2018 American Alpine Institute’s Guide Like Liz Scholarship, which will allow her to pursue her goal of becoming an AMGA mountain guide. She hopes to utilize guiding and Alpenglow Collective to create equal opportunities for underrepresented genders in the climbing community.