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We Move Mountains

She Moves Mountains focuses on empowering women in the outdoors. But with your help we can do more.

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Campaign Ends on June 6, 2020

Project Description

She Moves Mountains is a rock climbing guiding company that aims to create a space for women (cis, trans, femme) to realize their strength through rock climbing. 

 

Women are underrepresented in leadership roles, especially in the outdoors, resulting in an inequality of opportunities for women to learn from other women. According to the American Mountain Guide Association's State of the Guiding Industry, only 12% of guides are women. We created She Moves Mountains to challenge this disparity and to assert the strength and capability of women.

 

We achieve this by:

  • Hosting technical skills clinics for women taught by women
  • Providing mentorship opportunities for women who are interested in guiding
  • Multi-day rock climbing and yoga retreats (or backpacking and meditation retreats) that cultivate community and focus on learning to take up space
  • Media and events that share the stories of a diverse group of women in the outdoors

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports with more than 5 million participants in the United States and an estimated 25 million worldwide. Still, when I started working at Smith Rock State Park, a globally recognized rock climbing destination, I was one of two women guiding. 

Over the past three years our team has grown from two guides to nine. Our second and third season we had over 300 women attend our clinics. But as we look to the future, we find ourselves asking - how can we do more?

A few of the women selected for our 2020 mentorship program.

This year we had hoped to:

  • Improve our mentorship program by hiring someone to organize it and host free guide skills clinics.
    • We chose 12 participants from 31 applicants - prioritizing women who do not have access to mentorship, are from minority backgrounds, and whose goal is to use guiding to empower minority groups
  • Partner with organizations already doing the work to provide access to underrepresented groups in the outdoors by providing our guiding services at cost.
  • Diversify our story telling by hiring WOC, trans women, and non-binary individuals to write blogs for our website and submit content for our social media
  • Provide funding to our guides working to take the next step in their guide certification 
  • Get guiding permits for locations in Utah, California, and various crags in Washington to expand our guiding operations
Photo from a 2019 clinic we hosted with PDX Climbers of Color

Before COVID-19 completely shut us down, we were moving forward with all of these programs. But as we face at least a 75% loss in our annual revenue, we can no longer afford to cover the costs of these next steps. 

If you find yourself in a position with financial flexibility please consider contributing to our campaign by purchasing one of the awesome rewards we have available - all designed by women artists we are psyched to support.  THANK YOU!

Updates

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • When will you begin guiding again?
    • We have postponed all guiding operations until July at the earliest. We will look for guidance from the state as well as the American Mountain Guide Association to help us decide when it is safe to get back to work.

 

 

Chelsea (Lady Beta)
05/28/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$45
Jean C
05/27/2020
8x8 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$35
Amanda
05/27/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$45
Foxy
05/26/2020
8x8 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$35
Chris Moore
05/26/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$45
Sarah
05/26/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$45
Andy
05/26/2020
8x8 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$35
Katie Lei
05/26/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$45
Shelivity
05/26/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$50
Nicole Freutel
05/26/2020
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park
$50
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD or more
Hand Written Card from a SMM Guide

We will write you a personal thank you note on a beautiful greeting card created by Whiskey Jack Designs

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2 Supporters
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35.00 USD or more
8x8 Print of Smith Rock State Park

We are partnering with Ali Hancock of Whiskey Jack Designs to offer this print of Smith Rock State Park created specifically for this campaign. 

You can only find this print here, but check out her website for other beautiful mountain landscapes. 

70% of the revenue generated from this purchase will go directly to the artist. 

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4 Supporters
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45.00 USD or more
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park

We are partnering with Ali Hancock of Whiskey Jack Designs to offer this print of Smith Rock State Park created specifically for this campaign. 

You can only find this print here, but check out her website for other beautiful mountain landscapes. 

70% of the revenue generated from this purchase will go directly to the artist. 

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11 Supporters
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40.00 USD or more
She Moves Mountains Hat

Get yourself one of our She Moves Mountains hats. Shipping is included to anywhere in the U.S. 

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0 Supporters
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75.00 USD or more
Wild Asteria Handwoven Earrings

Choose this reward and receive a one of a kind pair of hand woven earrings by Ann Marie of Wild Asteria

We only have one pair of earrings available but you can find more on her website www.wildasteria.com if you're interested!

1 Supporter
None available
145.00 USD or more
Hand Painted Wood Art by Jenna Goodman

This piece of hand painted wood art was donated by Jenna Goodman of The Sunspot Series.

We only have one of these available on our campaign but other beautiful pieces can be found on her website, sunspotseries.com 

The piece is 17' x 7.5' x 1' and shipping to anywhere in the United States is included in the price. 

 

1 Supporter
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

2 Supporters
Select this reward
15.00 USD or more
Hand Written Card from a SMM Guide

We will write you a personal thank you note on a beautiful greeting card created by Whiskey Jack Designs

18 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
35.00 USD or more
8x8 Print of Smith Rock State Park

We are partnering with Ali Hancock of Whiskey Jack Designs to offer this print of Smith Rock State Park created specifically for this campaign. 

You can only find this print here, but check out her website for other beautiful mountain landscapes. 

70% of the revenue generated from this purchase will go directly to the artist. 

96 Left
4 Supporters
Select this reward
45.00 USD or more
12x12 Print of Smith Rock State Park

We are partnering with Ali Hancock of Whiskey Jack Designs to offer this print of Smith Rock State Park created specifically for this campaign. 

You can only find this print here, but check out her website for other beautiful mountain landscapes. 

70% of the revenue generated from this purchase will go directly to the artist. 

89 Left
11 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD or more
She Moves Mountains Hat

Get yourself one of our She Moves Mountains hats. Shipping is included to anywhere in the U.S. 

25 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD or more
Wild Asteria Handwoven Earrings

Choose this reward and receive a one of a kind pair of hand woven earrings by Ann Marie of Wild Asteria

We only have one pair of earrings available but you can find more on her website www.wildasteria.com if you're interested!

1 Supporter
None available
145.00 USD or more
Hand Painted Wood Art by Jenna Goodman

This piece of hand painted wood art was donated by Jenna Goodman of The Sunspot Series.

We only have one of these available on our campaign but other beautiful pieces can be found on her website, sunspotseries.com 

The piece is 17' x 7.5' x 1' and shipping to anywhere in the United States is included in the price. 

 

1 Supporter
None available