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Mark your calendars for this coming Saturday, August 22!
In celebration of Global Climbing Day, The North Face will host a free YouTube Live session featuring 12 community leaders and organizations that promote diversity and accessibility. Discussions will focus on inclusivity and the future of climbing and be moderated by team athlete Sam Elias. The North Face will also launch its Walls Fund for the participating speakers and has committed to donate over $80,000.
In 2017, The North Face established its Walls Are Meant For Climbing campaign with the goal of lowering climbing’s barriers to entry. “This year, we’re proud to recognize change-makers leading the sport forward,” wrote The North Face in press release.
The session begins at 10 A.M. MT and speakers include Memphis Rox, Paraclimbing London, The Brown Ascenders, Indigenous Womxn Climb, Coral Cliffs, Climb Malawi, Paradox Sports and ALL RISE. You can set a calendar reminder here.
To raise further funds, The North Face Design Residence has made 25 up-cycled chalk bags. Each bag has been signed by Alex Honnold, Ashima Shiraishi and Jimmy Chin and will be auctioned off.
Feature image from Climb Malawi.