Wondery and Touchstone Climbing Announces Second Annual Climb With Pride Event Sponsored by Chaco
May 31, 2023
Inclusive Climbing Fundraiser to Engage, Support LGBTQ+ Community
May 31, CHATSWORTH, CA /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – Wondery, the outdoor lifestyle brand on a mission to empower women in the outdoors, announces its second annual Climb With Pride event to celebrate Pride month and support LGBTQ+ communities. Chaco sandals has signed on as the presenting sponsor, welcoming climbers of all abilities to join the festivities. Over 200 attendees celebrated with Wondery last year, with more expected this June 3rd at The Post, a Touchstone Climbing gym in Pasadena.
This year, 100% of day pass sales and raffle revenue will be dedicated to Queer Crush, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ climbers. Queer Crush supports diverse in their gender, romantic, and sexual orientations who seek healing, health, community, and connection through climbing Through advocacy, education, and over 25 monthly meetup locations across California and Washington (sometimes international), Queer Crush is on a mission to Queer the Crag!
Wondery’s Climb with Pride event features a variety of adventure challenges, climbing clinics, and an outdoor gear raffle from brands including Patagonia, Goodr, Mountain Hardwear, Metolius, Black Diamond, and Acopa. It will also again highlight an LGBTQ+ owned marketplace with food vendors and apparel to further promote and support local queer-owned businesses.
“We believe in being an ally to the LGBTQ+ community because the outdoors, and climbing, should be for everyone,” says Lydia Mok, Community Director for Wondery. “Through our event series, from The Onsight climbing festival to Climb with Pride and our ongoing hike, roller skating, and climbing clinics, we’re bringing more people into the outdoors while lowering the barrier to entry and creating a comfortable and safe space for everyone.”
To learn more about Climb with Pride and to purchase admissions, head to www.wonderybrand.com/pages/climb-with-pride
About Queer Crush
Queer Crush Climbing 501(c)(3) cultivates safe and inclusive spaces for those diverse in their gender, romantic, and sexual orientations. Queer Crush empowers Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color of all abilities to seek healing, health, community and connection with the land through the art and sport of climbing. Learn more at www.queercrush.org
About Touchstone Climbing
Touchstone Climbing owns and operates 14 unique gyms throughout California. From owners to belay staff, route setters to yoga instructors, Touchstone believes in creating a welcoming and safe place where everyone can come together and do what they love. Touchstone is more than gyms — we’re a community. Whether an experienced climber, a bright-eyed newbie, or someone looking for a supportive space to workout, everyone can find their place with Touchstone Climbing. Learn more at www.touchstoneclimbing.com
Wondery’s mission is to be the leading sustainable outdoor lifestyle brand dedicated to liberating women in the outdoors through awareness, resources, and the creation of a women’s outdoor community. Based in Chatsworth, California, Wondery hosts and supports events to broaden the outdoor community to minority and BIPOC communities, creating truly inclusive spaces for people who may not traditionally have access to the outdoors. Wondery makes comfortable and style-driven apparel for women with a focus on easy to wear, size inclusive clothing. For more info, visit www.WonderyBrand.com or follow @WonderyBrand on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok.
Born on the river in 1989, Chaco, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. (NYSE: WWW), builds premium footwear for the outdoor-minded. The brand’s iconic Z/sandals are repairable at ReChaco and more than 20,000 sandals a year are kept out of landfills every year. Plus, as a result of the brand’s proprietary LUVSEAT™ footbed, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to all Chaco footwear styles. The APMA Seal is intended to raise awareness by identifying products of exceptional quality that are manufactured with comfort, health, and safety in mind. Simply put, Chaco is fit for Adventure. Please visit us at www.chacos.com, Facebook: Chacos, Instagram: ChacoFootwear, TikTok: ChacoFootwear.