After months of work…we are happy--thrilled actually—to announce our partnership with Kai and Connie Lightner's Climbing for Change and Appalachian Mountain Guides to create the Diversity in Guiding Grant! Our board of directors unanimously approved funding for this initiative near the end of 2020, and now it’s a reality. It is our sincerest hope that this will help put BIPOC climbers into positions of leadership in our climbing community. There are two slots available in 2021, and applications are open right meow.
This grant will cover travel expenses, a small amount of gear and all necessary AMGA membership fees for two recipients—and Appalachian Mountain Guides is generously donating two slots in its SPI course and test (dates are flexible). There are some additional details about to which to be aware; check the above link for more.
In other news, we DO plan to hold (Not) Work Week in May of this year, though the exact service project and specific protocols for Covid safety have yet to take shape. Warm up your volunteer hands and stay tuned, because some barely walkable track through the woods somewhere in or around the NRG is gonna get world-class makeover--and we’re gonna need your help to do it.
We are all stewards of land once explored and occupied by Moneton and Tutelo tribes, as well as many others now long lost to history. Respect for them must be present in everything we do.