Project Highlights 

Check out our highlighted Indigenous individuals with ancestral, historical, and contemporary ties to spaces. We also feature local organizations and marginalized individuals who have taken the commitment to recreate through an Indigenous lens to amplify the work they are doing or have done. 

- ʻAʻohe puʻu kiʻekiʻe ke hoʻāʻo e piʻi -
- No cliff is so tall that it cannot be scaled -
- No problem is too great when one tries to solve it - 

Nuʻuanu, Hawaiʻi

Kānaka Climbers is a Native Hawaiian Led Organization. Focused  on gaining ethical, respectful and legal access to climbing areas in Hawaiʻi, while prioritize non-renewable resources. 

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Canmore, Alberta

Cassie Ayoungman,  Blackfoot~Niitsitapi Women 

is The Indigenous Founder of a Cultural Climbing Program called

Soul Of Miistaki

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Global Project 

The Climbing Initiative’s best practices project is gathering the voices of climbing leaders around the world to shape the future development of our sport.

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Turtle Island

An important discussion Indigenous peoples' inherent rights to the lands and waters , surrounding outdoor recreaction. These important discussions feature Indigenous Guides/Athletes that are sharing their personal experiences, stories, and advocacy on issues of diversity and ways to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in outdoors 

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Ute Territory, U.S.

“Spirit of the Peaks” is a film about the struggle for balance between two worlds. For Hunkpapa Lakota skier Connor Ryan, skiing in Ute Territory has always raised questions about being in reciprocity with the land and its people. As a skier who connects with the land through sport, he empathizes with the injustices that have displaced the Utes and ongoing colonization, erasure and extraction impacting the Ute people. This story connects conflicted pasts to an awakening in cultural awareness that can create an equitable future for Indigenous people and skiers.

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Midwest/Southeast, U.S.

Climb L8 exists to remove systemic and financial barriers to entry into rock climbing and facilitate a safer space in the rock climbing gym for Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQIA+, adaptive, first time climbers, and those without financial means.