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Color the Crag, a climbing festival for communities of color hosted at Horse Pens 40 in Alabama, isn’t the most storied or historic event on the industry’s climbing calendar—it was founded just three years ago, in 2017—but it’s unquestionably one of the most unique and important.
An event to “celebrate diversity in the sport of rock climbing, build community, promote leadership from people of color, and provide a positive narrative of underrepresented communities in the outdoors,” Color the Crag is the brainchild of climbers and activists Mikhail Martin of Brothers of Climbing and Bethany Lebewitz of Brown Girls Climb. Since its inception, the event has attracted hundreds of attendees each year; drawn sponsorships from The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, and Patagonia; and hosted speakers like James Edward Mills to discuss issues of race and inclusion in the outdoor space.
This short film explores some of the hard truths that necessitated an event like Color the Crag in the first place—truths that have never been more relevant than they are right now.