ATHLETES & FACILITATORS

OUR ATHLETES & FACILITATORS FOR THE ONE-DAY VIRTUAL MAKEUP EVENT FOR 2020 WCF BISHOP

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ATHLETES

ABBY DIONE

Abby Dione Climbing picAbby is the proud owner of Coral Cliffs Rock Climbing Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was recently featured in ESSENCE magazine and The Read Podcast.  With over 12 years of experience, Abby has led in sharing her own passion for the sport by developing a strong group of adult and youth crushers in the South. Abby’s a badass sport climber, USA Climbing Coach, AMGA certified climber, and lover of all things climbing.

ABBEY SMITH
Abbey Smith is a producer, writer and professional rock climber born and raised in Colorado. For over two decades, Abbey has dedicated her life to climbing rocks of all sizes, exploring uncharted territories, and the art of storytelling in print, digital, virtual reality, big screen and live events. Her unrelenting drive in the field of exploratory and big mountain bouldering has led her all over the world from the extreme altitudes of the Indian Himalayas and the Peruvian Andes to remote islands in Thailand. Abbey’s exploits have been featured in film, online, commercials and in the pages of Yahoo, VICERolling StoneFortune, ESPNMen’s JournalOutsideBackpackerClimbing, Alpinist, and other international publications. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California. Sponsors: Marmot & La Sportiva 

ALANNAH YIP

Alannah is a 26 year old climber from Vancouver, BC. She competes on the World Cup circuit in all three disciplines of sport climbing (bouldering, lead, and speed) and hopes to qualify to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. She is the first female Canadian finalist in a World Cup event, and recently placed 7th in bouldering at the World Championships in 2019. Climbing both outdoors and for competition has taken her all over the world, from South Africa and Switzerland to India and Australia. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering specializing in Mechatronics from the University of British Columbia. Sponsors include Arc’teryx and SCARPA.

FAVIA DUBYK

Based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Favia is an avid boulderer who specializes in toe-hooks, lowball roofs, and traverses.  You can often find her at Hueco Tanks, her favorite climbing crag, making her way around its endless roofs. Despite its reputation,  she absolutely loves training, particularly hangboarding,  and she especially enjoys learning new exercises and sharing them with others. Outside of climbing, she is a physician at the University of New Mexico where she practices pathology. Favia also enjoys photography–often capturing images of my rottweiler-doberman mix dog, five cats, and her mountain-biking husband, Brian, during their many adventures in the Southwest.

MOLLY MITCHELL

Molly Mitchell has been climbing for 10 years and is based out of Boulder, CO. She mainly focuses on sport and trad climbing, and she has achieved ascents up to 5.14 in both disciplines. Molly is very open about her struggles with anxiety, and has taken what she’s learned from working on her mental health and applied it in her climbing. She loves projecting, and all the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of this part of our sport. Her goal is to help others fall in love with the process of projecting and value each step of the way.

GENEVIVE WALKER

Genevive Walker has been climbing for about six years and with the Shawangunks as her original home crag, trad climbing always had a special place in her heart. Within the last couple of years she combined her love of travel with climbing and experienced an array rock, amazing people, and interesting cultures. Her favorite part of traveling is meeting people from all walks of life and sharing this common passion. Indian Creek is another favorite, but whether it’s sport, trad, or buildering she’s obsessed with dippy tufa limestone and standstone climbing.

MARINA INOUE

Marina InoueBorn and raised in NYC, Marina Inoue is a professional tattooer. She began climbing as an adult at the age of 26 when she moved to Richmond, VA and fell in love. She has spent the majority of her climbing career living on the road and chasing the good temps. Mostly a sport climber and boulderer, her favorite areas are the New River Gorge, Rifle, and Hueco Tanks. She is eternally grateful to be supported by Scarpa, Tension Climbing, and Friction Labs.

JOSIE MCKEE

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 Apprentice Rock Guide.

FACILITATORS

ERYNNE M. GILPIN (Ph.D)

Erynne GilpinA co-founder of UATÊ // STORIED LEARNING, a vehicle for community-led knowledge mobilization through film and storytelling, Erynne Gilpin is a Victoria B.C. based educator, birth doula, bead worker, and activist. The creator of Indigenous Womxn Climb, she is interested in Indigenous resurgence through “embodied governance, insurgent healing, and land/water-based wellness.”

LAUR SABOURIN

laur sabourinLaur is a climbing guide and trainer in Flagstaff, Arizona.  They love working with climbers of all abilities to dive deeper into their experience and develop a lifelong love of the sport.  As the Head Trainer for The Warrior’s Way, Laur develops and teaches mental training curriculum for recreational and elite athletes. They believe that a love-based approach to climbing creates space for playing with new challenges and enjoying the learning process. Laur loves all types of climbing, but they are most drawn to steep desert cracks and long, aesthetic walls.

JOLIE VARELA

Jolie VarelaJolie Varela is Nüümü and Tule River Yokut. She is the founder of Indigenous Women Hike, an organization that promotes healing through land connection. Jolie is an organizer based out of Payahuunadü where her people have resided since time immemorial.

FOLX IN CLIMBING PANELISTS

L.RENEE BLOUNT

LR Blount

“L.” (short for Lanisha) Blount is endlessly curious and all about joy. Working in adventure & tech, she recently relocated to the Bay Area. She works in innovation and as a photographer to illuminate untold stories and to rethink the future. Her most recent clients include: National Geographic, Climbing Magazine, Patagonia, The North Face, Athleta, Arc’Teryx, and more.
 
 

SIDNEY WOODRUFF

Sidney didn’t start climbing until a couple of years ago when she moved from the south to California to work at Yosemite National Park as a wildlife ranger. There, she quickly fell in love with the sport and hasn’t gone a day since without mentioning climbing. Not seeing herself reflected in the rock-climbing community as an openly queer woman of color, she became passionate about increasing representation and access to outdoor recreation. She continues this equity and diversity work in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and higher education through mentorship programs and diversity trainings. Sidney returns to Yosemite every summer as a wildlife ranger, but now also as a doctoral student in Ecology at the University of California in Davis. Her research includes wildlife conservation and habitat change, specifically for native reptile and amphibian species on federal land.

MONSERRAT ALVAREZ

Monserrat Matehuala (Guachichil/Mexica) began her career in the outdoors during her college years, she has worked with communities from North Carolina to Colorado. She currently lives in Boulder, CO by way of Raleigh, North Carolina by way of Oxnard, California by way of Mexico. Over the last eight years, Monserrat has worked hard to create spaces for her communities and redefine her relationship to the outdoors. She spends most of her time at the American Mountain Guides Association as the Membership and Inclusion Coordinator where she oversees membership needs and inclusion work at the association. She also works part time as a rock instructor and consultant around Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in the Outdoors. Monserrat is the Outdoor Program Director for Brown Girls Climb and a sponsored Outdoor Research athlete. She is a certified Single Pitch Instructor, WFR, and Master LNT Educator.

ISABELA ZAWISTOWSKA

Isabela grew up in Vancouver, BC and moved to the Southeast when she was 15 years old. She studied Public Policy and Social and Economic Justice at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After graduating college, she worked in advertising where she learned about the importance of storytelling to effect positive change. Living at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains also exposed her to the slab climbing in Western North Carolina. She’s since fallen in love with the climbing community and started volunteering as a Brand & Outreach Specialist for Ascend: Leadership for Athletics. Through Ascend, she has been able to combine her passion for social justice, climbing, and women’s empowerment. 

CLIMBING POST-QUARANTINE PANELISTS

FAVIA DUBYK – see bio her bio above in the athlete bios.

BRIE CHARTIER

brie chartier

Brie’s love of being outside started as a toddler and never let up. 
It was inevitable that they would end up working in National Parks  starting as a cave tour guide in Carlsbad Caverns. Brie worked at a number of National park units before coming to work in law enforcement and then outdoor recreation planning for the BLM. When she came out as trans two years ago, she found her passion in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and the world; especially the outdoors. Brie loves teaching and empowering others and it was only natural to peruse training as a climbing instructor. When Brie is not climbing, she caves, goes on bike tours, explores canyons, and volunteers as board president for the Bakersfield Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity.  When she is home, she loves to cook and spend time with her best friend and son.
 
 
KATIE GOODWIN
Katie is part of the Access Fund’s national policy and advocacy program and serves as California Regional Director. Katie works with public land managers to address access issues and develop and implement management plans as it relates to climbing. She also supports the stewardship program and local climbing communities by providing assessment tools to protect and conserve the climbing environment.
 
ANDREA HASSLER
andrea hasslerAndrea Hassler, M.A., (she/her) is currently in her second year as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC). Andrea holds a master’s in Applied Geography with a focus on human-environment interactions. She has worked in climbing area stewardship, outdoor leadership, and environmental education since 2010 with various non-profits in Colorado. In 2015, she joined the board of the Pikes Peak Climbers Alliance as Treasurer & Stewardship Chair then in 2017 she went on the road with the Access Fund for 2 years as part of the Conservation Team National. For the past few months, Andrea has led the SCC to navigate the impacts and implications of the coronavirus on climbing in the Southeast. She recently presented on the Access Fund Webinar Panel “Climbing During a Pandemic” on her experience consulting with various land managers and communicating information to climbers. Andrea has worked with the Flash Foxy Festival since 2017, helping to lead volunteer stewardship projects in Bishop, CA, Fayetteville, WV & Chattanooga, TN.