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Flash Foxy began as an online platform in 2014 to celebrate women climbing with women and to be a place where women could come to feel inspired by and connected to each other. We share stories about our thoughts, experiences and adventures as badass women. 

In 2016 we held the inaugural Women’s Climbing Festival with over 200 women coming together in Bishop. In 2017 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 creator of the Women’s Climbing Festival. 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. Her writing has appeared in Climbing Magazine, Outside Online and other publications. You can contact her at shelma@flashfoxy.com

 

 

 

MY GIRLCREW

These are the amazing women climbers that I know and have the privilege of climbing with — whether it be more regularly here in NY or on magical adventures elsewhere. You’ll see these badass ladies regularly featured on our Instagram and contributing to the site.

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ALEKS I’m a Russian queen raised with Brooklyn rage. In 2007, my friend Sara introduced me to bouldering and I thought it was the stupidest thing ever. Until I grew obsessed w/ getting to the top, which I finally did. The triumph that followed cannot be described. My skin was trashed, butt sore, it was a tiny boulder, but it was beautiful and forever addicting. Hello, I’m Aleks, and I’m an addict. Let’s go shred the gnar, ladies!

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 3.13.21 PMJILL Everyone struggles to understand why I live in NYC (9 years now!). The corporate world funds my adventures with my dear foxes, who don’t blink an eye at my chalk-covered silk dresses or the worn out Miuras clipped to my Celine purse.

Through the past 6 years, I’ve transitioned from a gym rat to bolt-clipping lover and am now beginning to appreciate the thrill of leading trad.

 

 

jb_wish_1JOBI I am a native New Yorker, living in Brooklyn. I started climbing steel long before I touched any rock. I realized I was less clumsy in the air.

Right now I’m juggling rigging, a construction company, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and rock climbing. I am looking forward to pushing my Trad game, with the Gunk’s as my training ground and eventually get into big wall and mountaineering.

 

 

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KELLY I’m southern raised on bouldering and sport, but met the crew in NYC and learned trad in the Gunks. Currently living in Portland, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

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MEL Originally from Long Island, NY, I spent five years in the Navy and currently live the mobile life in Bishop, California. I’m working on completing my second engineering degree through ASU.  I am mainly attracted to highball bouldering, but I love an epic trad day in the mountains. I have climbed in dozens of places around the country, and I look forward to forever adding to that list.    

 

 

 

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SASHA 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.

 

 

 

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TAMMY Hello everyone! I currently live in Mammoth Lakes, California. I have been climbing for a little over two years now. I originally started out bouldering, found sport climbing and fell in love with that. Now i’m getting into trad and multipitch routes!

I am in love! I can’t wait to progress and see where this amazing sport takes me in life!

 

 

 

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TAYLOR NYC by way of Colorado by way of Richmond, VA.  The most tender place in my heart is for the New River Gorge, but I get fuzzy feelings for Bishop, Rifle, and if we’re all being totally honest, competition climbing.  Trad in the Gunks and I just started seeing each other, it seems to be going well. I do research in a neurophysiology lab at Columbia, and I have a pretty small dog.