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The North Face  Discover the stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration #shemovesmountains

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She was quietly carrying more weight than anyone else. @jimmy_chin tells the story of role model, @hilareenelson , the mentor that’s redefining what’s possible at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains.

Let’s canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more. Post a black and white image with #SheMovesMountains to tell your role model’s story by 4/30. Select submissions will be featured in a public art piece in NYC this summer.

Lizzy, Women’s Climbing Festival Guide | “In June of 2014 I found myself finishing the last of 25 hikes I wanted to hike on Mt. Baker Highway. On every hike I would stare at Mt. Baker, dreaming of one day climbing that peak. I wandered into the American Alpine Institute one afternoon and simply asked, how do I learn to climb that mountain. They directed me to a 10 day course where I learned the basics of mountaineering and rock climbing, we summited Baker, Silver Star Peak, and my heart was stolen by the Beckey Route on Liberty Bell. The next month I bought a trad rack and learned how to lead, a few weeks later I took a trip to the Bugaboos, and that fall I bought a one way ticket to South America with the goal of exploring all of the 5.8s in Patagonia.

In my early experiences as a climber I was usually the only woman. On my course with AAI I was the only woman out of ten participants. When I went to look for climbing partners as a new climber, I could only find men who wanted to climb with me (and about half the time they weren’t just looking for a climbing partner). When I took my guiding course I was the only woman. And in my first year of guiding I was one of two female guides out of all the main guiding companies operating at Smith Rock State Park. It was isolating.
I was first invited to the @heyflashfoxy WCF to guide. In Tennessee I was introduced to this incredible community of passionate and ridiculous women who absolutely crush, being in their presence both humbled and inspired me. It’s comforting to know that I am not alone in my experiences as a female rock climber. And, as a business owner, it’s empowering to receive support and encouragement for my baby company @she_movesmountains.” Words by @LizzyVanPatten and photos by @Eliza_Earle #shemovesmountains

We’re excited to partner with Lizzy and her guiding company @She_MovesMountains and support their mission to increase the number of confident female rock climbers and guides out there.

Lisa, Women’s Climbing Festival Volunteer | “I love climbing with all different types of climbers but the energy of climbing with only a group of women is unique and powerful. The @heyflashfoxy Women’s Climbing Festival was intriguing because it was an event that grew, and continues to grow, organically by bringing women together on a large scale that the climbing community has never seen before. Plus, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to climb with all my homies.

There is an equality shift that is occurring right now in our climbing world and beyond, so it is crucial that we continue to have an open dialogue about these uncomfortable topics within our community but also with others who may have different points of view. Everyone's voice, opinions, and values are equally important and we need to create safe spaces for these discussions because we all live on this spinning rock in space together.” Words by @PeenutClimbs and photos by @Eliza_Earle #shemovesmountains

Faith, Women’s Climbing Fest Attendee | “I’m a runner, an artist, and a documentary film producer passionate about representation. I'm interested in whose stories are being told, how and why? And I want to help us all share our stories better, empower us to share our own stories and mainly I want to help people feel seen.

I actually started climbing at summer camp when I was probably about nine, but I got freaked out on a high zip line and stopped until last year. I had an injury and I couldn't run so I tagged along with my friend Sara to the gym and I was pretty immediately hooked. It's very different from running. It's still freaking hard but I don't get to zone out, I like the calculative aspect of it. I like trying out to problems and I like that I have so much to learn.
I must have just started climbing when I saw Shelma in the video about @heyflashfoxy. I sent it to my friend back in NYC and we made a pact to start climbing at least once a week. It was so cool to see a diverse community of women supporting each other. It's incredible to be able to surround yourself by women exploring their limits, pushing them and willing to get bloody fingers and dust filled hair for those sweaty smiles at the top. It's inspiring to be around people who want to see what they are capable of.

I can't describe the energy during WCF. I couldn't stop smiling from the minute we drove in Paiute Territory and I'm so grateful that we worked with the Payahuunadu Alliance to learn how best to respect the land and the people who are the protectors of the land we're recreating in. The blessings we received to be here made the experience so much more special.” Words by @FaithEveBee and photos by @Eliza_Earle #shemovesmountains
Last month, the crew headed to @heyflashfoxy Women’s Climbing Festival in Bishop and made some new friends. Stay tuned for the next one in Chattanooga, TN this fall.

She’s pioneering the sport for the next generation. @ansel tells the story of role model, @ashimashiraishi, a prodigy creating the future, at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains.

Let’s canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more. Post a black and white image with #SheMovesMountains to tell your role model’s story by 4/30. Select submissions will be featured in a public art piece in NYC this summer.

She knew she had a role to play in history. @_linacolina_ tells the story of role model, @margojain, a visionary with a master plan, at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains.

Let’s canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more. Post a black and white with #SheMovesMountains to tell your role model’s story by 4/31. Select submissions will be featured in a public art piece in NYC this summer.

For over a century, @girlscouts of the USA has led the way for girls in the outdoors.
We are proud to launch our Outdoor Adventure collaboration alongside activist and Girl Scouts alum, @americaferrera
Together we will inspire, prepare, and mobilize the next generation of female explorers. #SheMovesMountains

For more than 50 years, we have empowered people to push boundaries outdoors. Today, we are enabling the future of all exploration by celebrating creators, athletes, educators, and innovators. Relentless and unexpected explorers—role models who move mountains. Discover the stories of women pushing the boundaries of exploration at thenorthface.com/shemovesmountains.
Let’s canvas the world with stories of female explorers to ignite more. Post a black and white with #SheMovesMountains to tell your role model’s story. Select submissions will be featured in a public art piece in NYC this summer.

'Imagination' was a project that couldn't have been achieved if not for the efforts of a group of people. A special thanks to @AuclairJP, the people of Nelson, @SherpasCinema, @TWallisch, and to everyone else involved. Watch what it took to make the piece in our bio. Photo by @JakeDyson / @SherpasCinema

Reach for the sky. Photo of @Caro_Ciavaldini and @Pfaff_Anna by @TimKemple

Crimp cocktail. Photo of @JamesPearson1 by @TimKemple

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