In partnership with Flash Foxy & The Cliffs
Flash Foxy, The Cliffs, and Discover Outdoors are joining forces to kick off Women in the Outdoors week with a celebration of climbing! We're inviting climbers of all levels to a night of skills practice, camaraderie, and discussion. Start the night by working on your skills, partnered with climbing mentors from the New York community who are prepared to give you tips, teach technique, and answer questions. Whether you're brand new to climbing or looking to step up to the next level, you'll be matched with experienced and supportive women.
After a full night of practice, head on over to The Local for a post-climbing presentation and discussion led by Flash Foxy's Shelma Jun on the topic of women powering women. Join a conversation on how as women, we can continue to grow and support each other and work to break down systemic dynamics that have been fostered between women.
A portion of every ticket goes to support the Young Women Who Crush mentorship program with the Discover Outdoors Foundation and the Cliffs.
Harness, shoes, and chalk can be rented for $12. Tickets to the presentation and discussion only (no climbing) are available for $10.
- Climbing at The Cliffs at LIC (11-11 44th Drive, Long Island City)
- Post-climbing presentation and discussion at The Local (13-02 44th Ave, Long Island City)
- Tuesday, June 12th
- 6:30 PM
- This event is open to women only.
Shelma Jun is the founder of Flash Foxy and the Women's Climbing Festival. Flash Foxy was created in 2014 to celebrate women climbing with women and to be a place where women can come to feel inspired by and connected to each other. The Women’s Climbing Festival brings 300 women together over a weekend of climbing, panels, clinics and more twice a year in Bishop, CA and Chattanooga, TN. Shelma is a current Board Member of the Access Fund and in 2017, she was named one of 40 women who’ve made the biggest impact in the outdoor world by Outside Magazine. She is also a founding member of Never Not Collective, a new media collective started in 2017 by four unapologetic women of the outdoors that is currently filming Pretty Strong, a featured length women's climbing film. A Californian based in Brooklyn, NY, Shelma can often be found plugging widgets in the Gunks and getting scared on highballs in Bishop.
Photos by Francois LeBeau
What is Women in the Outdoors Week?
Women in the Outdoors Week is a week of events focused specifically on women and their relationship with outdoor adventure. Events include panels, speakers, classes, social events, and outdoor trips.
Why is it important?
The outdoors is a source of empowerment, confidence, and community and we believe that those tools can help women succeed in all areas of life. Women's success benefits everyone in a community and society, contributing to economic gains, increased creativity, and a higher standard of living. In today's current climate, it is more important than ever for women to feel confident and connected.
Is it just for women?
Some events are open to everyone while others are open specifically to women and those who identify as women. Each event page indicates whether the event is public or for women specifically.
We think it's important for men to hear and be a part of conversations about outdoor inclusivity so we invite everyone to attend our panels and hear our speakers. However, our goal is also to give women their own space to practice skills and ask questions. While we acknowledge that we have a community of supportive, accepting men, many women do still feel intimidated in mixed groups. Through women's only events, we aim to help attendees build confidence and feel comfortable as they grow in their outdoor sport.