In the summer of 2020, Black Diamond pledged $250,000 in an effort to increase diversity and accessibility in the outdoors. Committed to having these funds serve as more than a one-time donation, Black Diamond (along with new key and valued partners) developed an action plan with multiple, complementary components. While the objectives listed in the plan may seem small in comparison to the massive issues we face as a nation, they are deliberate moves in the right direction and are currently serving as a starting place only; each component is designed to evolve and grow over time.
Black Diamond built the objectives around accomplishing four things:
The AMGA is proud to be part of this initiative and will be launching a multiple-year BIPOC affinity program to promote diversification of guides and climbing instructors in America. Full details of Black Diamond’s pledge here.
Additionally, we will be teaming up with Climbers of Color to provide an evening community conversation during the three-day course in the Pacific Northwest. Climbers of Color is a Washington-based nonprofit that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in the climbing and mountaineering community by developing leaders of color.
Ready to Apply? There are two main parts to this process:
The application is now OPEN
This course is designed for anyone who identifies as a Black, Indigenous, Person of Color. Anyone who identifies as a person of color can apply.
The above prerequisites are absolute minimums. Without having at least this amount of experience you are unlikely to make best use of the training.
Yes, full scholarships for all 12 participants per course offering have been provided by Black Diamond Equipment. A $200 travel stipend and gear sponsorships will also be provided directly from Black Diamond. Thank you to our partner Black Diamond, for providing these scholarships.
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