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 2019 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 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. Raised in California but currently based in Brooklyn, Shelma can often be found plugging widgets into horizontal cracks at the Gunks or getting scared on granite highballs in Bishop.

Arianna Rodriguez has over 5 years of experience working with grassroots and nonprofit organizations in California and New York. After finishing her M.A at NYU, she moved back to her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA to work with her local Latinx community and a nonprofit advocating for disability justice. She was first introduced to climbing in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2017 that she became more involved within the central coast climbing community. Since then, she has bouldered all around the Southwest and clipped a few bolts. When she isn’t climbing, she is a ceramic handbuilder, gamer, avid reader, and studies disability justice movements in Latin America.
Enlivened by movement, inspired by wild places and curious to see what’s possible, Josie is continually drawn to climbing adventures. Following the climbing lifestyle, from recreational climber to guide and professional athlete, Josie has developed connection and responsibility to the climbing community. Her goal is to help others meet their own challenges and recreate responsibly. Josie’s background includes over two decades of climbing experience (specializing in big-wall climbing, international alpine expeditions, and first ascents) and 12 years as a climbing instructor. She holds a B.A. in Human Development & Education, has served on the Yosemite Search and Rescue team, teaches for NOLS Wilderness Medicine and is an AMGA Single-Pitch Instructor & Apprentice Rock Guide.

Camille is a California native, yoga teacher, outdoorist and food justice advocate based in LA. A self-taught graphic designer with a B.A. in Sustainable Policy, Planning and Development and a background in communications, she works to promote inclusive, sustainable communities through public engagement and compelling storytelling. She splits her free time between teaching and practicing yoga and exploring the Eastern Sierra Mountains and nearby deserts. From Yosemite to Joshua Tree, she loves climbing all over the incredible places she can get to from LA, weekend warrior style! 

THE GIRLCREW – the cohort and collaborators 

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!

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) 

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.

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.