Ikigai: Enter the Climbing-Verse, Delve into a Black Climber’s Passion for Being

Ikigai,” Lucius Williams IV explains, “is a Japanese concept that centers around the idea of finding one’s reason for being. Being a climber and artist is my reason.”

Williams has climbed for 30 years.

“As a filmmaker and climber of color from the South,” Williams says, “I was inspired to create a short video in an attempt to promote diversity within the climbing community and other outdoor related activities.”

He goes on, “Also, I hope to shed some light to those within the climbing community who for a myriad of reasons live in an insular world, that there are more of us climbers of color out there and many more of us who have a desire to be out there.”

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