WHO WE ARE

Flash Foxy was created in 2014 to celebrate women climbing with women and to be a place where women can come to feel inspired by and connected to each other. The Women’s Climbing Festival, which first started in 2016 in Bishop, CA has grown to bring 300 women together over a weekend of climbing, panels, clinics and more. In just it’s second year, an additional festival location was added in Chattanooga, TN. 

In 2018 we will continue to bring women climbers together through a variety of events across the country. Get more information in the “Our Events” section!

SHELMA JUN // FOUNDER AND EVENT DIRECTOR 

Shelma is the founder of Flash Foxy and the Women’s Climbing Festival. Shelma is a current Board Member of the Access Fund and in 2017, she was named one of 40 women who’ve made the biggest impact in the outdoor world by Outside Magazine. A leader in our community, she has written, spoken and presented on the importance of creating a climbing community that reflects and welcomes everyone who identifies as a climber.A California native currently based in Brooklyn, NY, Shelma can often be found plugging widgets into horizontal cracks at the Gunks or getting scared on granite highballs in Bishop. Click here for full bio and CV.    

 

THE GIRLCREW – the cohort and collaborators 

VICKY SINNOTT // EVENTS AND OPERATIONS ASSOCIATE

Vicky resides in the Southeast where she gets to happily climb Southern sandstone throughout the season. Being born and raised in Florida she understands the value and importance for climbing communities. Now in Chattanooga she just wants to spread the southern hospitality and climbing psyche with everyone else. Usually she’ll be carrying her pad in and out of her climbing destinations, but occasionally clips bolts.

JOSIE MCKEE // SENDING THE PSYCHE INSTRUCTOR 

Josie loves adventuring in the outdoors and laughing with good friends. Inspired by moving quickly over large expanses of granite, she has set speed records in the Sierra, Patagonia and on a number of Yosemite Bigwalls. Through these objectives, along with working on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team, she has developed the mental fortitude to operate in stressful situations. Now, whenever she isn’t climbing, Josie helps people to better prepare for their own outdoor adventures. She teaches Wilderness Medicine and Technical Rescue courses and Climbing courses with an emphasis on Mental Training.

BECCA DROZ // SENDING THE PSYCHE INSTRUCTOR  

Becca is a psyched climber, beatboxer and AMGA single pitch instructor. Inspired by rocks of all sizes (from pebbles to bigwalls), Becca has pursued her biggest climbing objectives in all female teams and values the unique camaraderie this brings. In the gym and outside in Boulder, CO, Becca specializes in instructing women’s climbing courses to help students improve competence and confidence in climbing with an undertone of transferring this awareness into the rest of life. 

TAMMY WATSON // WCF VOLUNTEER LEADER 

Tammy is a lover of the mountains based in  Mammoth Lakes, CA. She moved there to pursue her passion for snowboarding but quickly became enamored with climbing and the climbing community. You can find Tammy wandering through the Buttermilks, down in the Owens River Gorge testing her endurance, or up in Tuolumne on classic granite trad routes. Throughout her life, she was always one of the only women involved in the things she loved but has realized that she craves to share these experiences with other women. Being a part of Flash Foxy has opened Tammy’s eyes to all the amazing things women can accomplish when we come together. She is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for events like the Women’s Climbing Festival and women in climbing!

KATHERINE VANDERFORD // WCF VOLUNTEER LEADER

If there’s a rock close by you can bet Katherine’s climbing it – the same goes for petting any cat or dog within a 10-meter radius. California native who recently relocated to Tennessee – while nothing beats the Sierra Mountains or Yosemite blocks where Katherine learned to climb she’s content calling Chattanooga her southern home away from home. Trading granite for sandstone has been a humbling experience to say the least but something she’s truly grateful for. Remember to always ask her about her cats or if she wants a burrito. (the answer is yes, she always want a burrito) 

SASHA TURRENTINE // PHOTOGRAPHER + WRITER 

I learned to climb around the time I learned to walk, taking trips to Yosemite where my dad would take my mom and I up classics like Munginella & Nutcracker. Climbing isn’t something I found, it has always been there, as much a part of me as my big toe, or tendency to overthink. As a kid it instilled in me an appreciation and need for adventure. As a teenager, it gave me purpose & identity. Now, as an adult(ish), climbing feels like…home.

VIKKI GLINKSII // PHOTOGRAPHER

A year-long road trip turned into a way of life, and now I’ve been roaming the US with my partner, Spenser, since 2012. As an obsessed rock climber, most of my stories focus on the outdoors, but the travels have taught me to look deeper. Recently we added Little Dude, a 15-pound mutt, to the mix, rounding out our mobile production company – The RV Project.