REI Co-op Journal on Plus Size Climbing

Some of our team members had the awesome opportunity to be interviewed for a piece for the REI Co-Op Journal last year – Outdoors For All: Plus-Size Climbers Challenge Steroetypes.

“You don’t have to be a 5.11 climber in order for it to be your sport and to have fun,” Ortiz says.

Rahn agrees. “I really like rock climbing to be rock climbing, not to get a grade,” she says. “But there’s so much pressure to do that, and when you’re me and you’re a different shape than everyone, it’s really hard.”

Please note our name change – in the article we are referenced as “Big Girls Climb, Too” however later settled on the name Climb Big to be more gender inclusive.