Highlight of the week: Meet Kiyana and Rakelle! BrownGirlsClimb represents lots of different groups and individuals and it’s encouraging to see these communities in action on the ground. Based out of Arizona, Kiyana and Rakelle have been friends since the 7th grade but just this year did the two discover climbing. Kiyana started climbing with a co-worker and Rakelle shortly after. Their friendship, Kiyana notes, has a great influence on the crag. From learning patience to receiving encouragement, Rakelle says, “…Having one of your best friends around to push and adventure with you is awesome.” The two have already started planning goals and trips in the future. For Rakelle, who identifies proudly as Puerto Rican, Hungarian, and Black, diversity is deeply ingrained in her identity and an important part of her. Both women are excited about exploring the world of climbing and embracing the differences in our communities, “I wish we could truly embrace everyone for who they are and what they have to offer…at the end of the day, we are all simply people”, says Kiyana.
Thank you both for sharing your climbing journeys with us! We’re excited to see you progress! Find the full interview on the BGC FB page! 📸: @connor.messner @kell_didklimb
(Climber) and @kiyana.pulido
(spotter) at the Island boulders in Flagstaff, AZ