Girl’s Trip to Way Lake!

By: Erin Guinn

The CIRCA girl crew climbing at The Dreamers, Bishop, CA. Photo by: Phil Hayes

The CIRCA girl crew climbing at The Dreamers, Bishop, CA. Photo by: Phil Hayes

SMG and CIRCA present:
Girls Only! Bouldering Trip
July 28th – July 31st, 2016
Way Lake Area – Mammoth, CA
Open to all Girls, Ages 12-17
Learn more HERE!

Do you remember being a young woman between the formative ages of 12-17? Those years were not easy, in case you don’t recall. Literally everything seemed to be in flux at every moment, physically, mentally and emotionally. What if you had the opportunity to step into yourself more deeply, cultivate greater self awareness and trust, with a community of strong, active women to support you? I certainly wish there would have been a community of mentors and peers available to me as a young woman who embraced the outdoors, climbing and personal mastery. I can only guess how that might have affected my confidence, my self worth, and my knowing that I was experiencing the same ups and downs as my peers.

I myself didn’t start climbing until the age of thirty but I have found there to be no difference in the power it has had to alter my life in positive ways. From my very first trip to the climbing gym I knew without a doubt that climbing was my path, personally and professionally. I found that climbing allowed me to make sense of how I processed things internally. I began to hear the ways that I spoke to myself in times of challenge and fear and was able to begin to transform increased self understanding into greater self awareness. I was hooked not only on climbing but what I could learn about myself through the process.

Sophie intent and focused on her next move. Photo by: Phil Hayes

Sophie intent and focused on her next move. Photo by: Phil Hayes

When I created CIRCA it was to find a way to capture the transformative magic climbing has to offer and share it with people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s not easy to get ourselves to consciously connect with our deeper purpose, motivations, presence and creative intentions in life. But when climbing is viewed as more than a sport it can become a route to discover these connections. CIRCA was created with an intention to provide a platform for others to possibly experience that same magic.  

While CIRCA is definitely about climbing it is also about cultivating these connections through the sharing of experiences on the rock, around the fire and through the words of the climbers themselves. Think about the story you bring to your own climbing. Isn’t it a possibility that somewhere out there someone shares a similar one? How powerful is it when you hear a similar story through another person’s lens? And what power can yours bring to another? As climbers coming together, in the outdoors, stripping away the humdrum of day to day life, we have incredible opportunities to share our stories and use them to bring ourselves to the next level.  

Ultimately the CIRCA mission is to go beyond coaching climbing skill and technique. For the last several years, I have worked with young women as a competitive climbing coach and climbing guide, planning trips throughout the west in places like Bishop and Hueco Tanks. After attending the Flash Foxy Women’s Climbing Festival I was so inspired by the effect the event had on the women’s climbing community that I knew I had to bring this and more to the young women in our community.

Maggie warming up at The Dreamers, Bishop, CA. Photo by: Phil Hayes

Maggie warming up at The Dreamers, Bishop, CA. Photo by: Phil Hayes

Fortunately I met the incredible owners of Sierra Mountain Guides (SMG), also through the Women’s Climbing Festival, and we have partnered together to bring a Girls Only! Bouldering trip to Way Lake  in Mammoth, CA from July 28th-July 31st, 2016.

SMG and CIRCA have planned four days of stellar granite bouldering, three nights of fun around the campfire and what will end up being an unforgettable experience for any young women from the ages of 12-17. While we are out crushing boulders we will also be making personal and broader community connections through our shared experience of getting outside, challenging ourselves personally on the rock and cheering on our fellow girl crew. It’s a win win of incredible climbing, personal transformation and community awareness that only serves to bolster our individual growth. All the information for this trip can be found at here.

Lucy getting a spot from her coach and CIRCA founder, Erin Guinn. Photo by: Phil Hayes

Lucy getting a spot from her coach and CIRCA founder, Erin Guinn. Photo by: Phil Hayes

In the end it’s the approach that matters. Climbing like life is a process and an art which we are the creators of and how we choose to approach it makes all the difference. We each have the opportunity to drop more deeply into our experience but when we can do that with our community having our back our strength becomes not the strength of one but of many. I invite you to look at your own approach and find the magic that you have to offer yourself, your climbing and the amazing community you are a part of. Then share it in any way that works for you. Your story is your power on and off the rock. Choose the approach filled with discovery, experience, connection and freedom.

To learn more about CIRCA visit us at www.circaclimbing.com and on Instagram @circaclimbing. Registration is open for our July Girls Only! Bouldering Trip and limited space is available. Check back with us soon as we have more women centered programming in the works!

 

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