The Climbing Connection’s mission is to increase emotional and cultural access for rock climbing.
We envision a world where folks carrying different identities feel welcome, safe, and confident in rock climbing spaces. This increased access would, in turn, preserve and sustain the climbing community and resources into the future.
We are a project-based organization. By identifying and working on various short-term and long-term objectives, we are able to consistently impact and expand the definition of access in the climbing world.
Our work lives in the community: TCC partners with leaders in the community and facilitates events that develop and strengthen networks across the intersectionalities that make up the human experience.
Our work is for individuals: TCC engages with and provides educational opportunities at the individual level. Our programming is focused on using rock climbing to access our deep vulnerabilities and find strength in them. We recognize our collective nature and use this introspective dive to grow our respect and closeness to one another.
Our work is in collaboration: We know that we are stronger in groups and seek to partner with other voices looking to expand the definition of access, safety, and connection.
Our work is driven by safety and preservation: We seek to contribute to a life cycle in which individuals are safe, confident, and connected within the climbing ecosystem. In turn, these communities will dynamically contribute to the future of rock climbing while also preserving finite natural resources.
What inspires us
We approach all of our projects based on 4 key ideas: Community, Individuals, Challenge, Integration. We view these pillars as connected and believe each builds upon the others.
Humans rely upon one another to grow and explore. Modern culture has focused on individuals as lone entities, when in reality, humans tend toward collective nature. At the basis for all TCC programs is a supportive community. We build compassionate, communicative, curious teams that offer a safe foundation from which individuals can launch out and explore individual work; always knowing their community will catch them if they fall.
Once individuals know they are protected by their community, we challenge them to dive into their internal worlds. Here, individuals get a sense of their personal motivators, stressors, ways they assess risk, and what they do with fear and disappointment. We use these experiences to clearly communicate our likes and dislikes, along with relate to one another.
Building upon the safe base and intrapersonal understanding, we push individuals and teams to define their edge and push past it. We like to take well thought out risks, explore what we believe is “impossible”, and come up with tangible solutions to larger-than-life problems. Challenge is all about understanding discomfort and being ok with it.
Once we’ve dissected the pillars of community, identity, and challenge, we put it back together and apply this new knowledge in leadership initiatives. Our leaders take the time to appreciate and understand the team they work with, they value individual strengths as part of a larger collective, and they use their soft skills to drive vision in a sustainable and impactful way.