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Bolt & Revolt: Increasing Gender Diversity in Route Setting

Updated: Feb 23

In a world where climbing and route setting are predominantly male-dominated, there's an inspiring movement on the rise—Bolt and Revolt (formerly 'Women's Setting Coalition'). This non-profit organization is on a mission to create a global coalition of women, non-binary, trans, and gender-queer climbing setters, fostering an inclusive space that uplifts, supports, and empowers our community

You'll hear over and over again that representation matters. But Bolt and Revolt goes beyond talking about the importance of diversity, and takes action to create change. Some of their programming includes virtual gathering and planning in-person clinics to lower the entry barriers into route setting. They are committed to ensuring that more individuals have the opportunity to shape the future of climbing. It's not just about who's on the wall but also about who's shaping the routes we climb. The diversity of setters directly influences the climbing experience, making it more inclusive and exciting for everyone. Bolt and Revolt has rapidly grown a vibrant community of women and gender-queer setters who finally feel seen and valued.

Grassroots organizations like Bolt and Revolt require support to sustain their impactful work. Finding lasting partnerships and sponsorships can help fuel their programs and drive lasting change within the industry. By rallying behind their cause, we can collectively contribute to a more inclusive and diverse climbing world.

I had the privilege of capturing the spirit and determination of Bolt and Revolt at their very first setting event, and I can wholeheartedly say that their mission is nothing short of extraordinary. This grassroots organization is proof that change can begin with a few passionate individuals, dedicated to making a difference. Below, you'll find photos and a video from Bolt and Revolt's inaugural setting event, offering a glimpse into the passion and camaraderie that defines this community.


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