Corvallis Climbers of Color and the Valley Rock Gym are joining forces to have twice monthly BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) climb nights at VRG. This night is for all people who identify as BIPOC, from the experienced climber to those who’ve never climbed before. The goal of these climb nights is to meet new friends, show up for each other, learn new things, and lift each other up in an inclusive and supportive environment.
BIPOC Meet Up: Every 2nd Wed 7-10pm
The first BIPOC climb night is our BIPOC Meet Up and takes place every 2nd Wednesday from 7-10. This event is held during normal operating hours and after introductions, other community members and allies are encouraged to climb, engage in dialogue and contribute to the creation of a safe and welcoming space!
Corvallis Climbers of Color Affinity Climb Night (PRIVATE EVENT)
Every 4th Wednesday, from 7-10pm, Corvallis Climbers of Color hosts a private event for the BIPOC community. This Affinity event is for people who identify as BIPOC and are part of Corvallis Climbers of Color. VRG closes at 7pm on these nights for this private event.
Wednesday August 11th from 7-10 (BIPOC meet up)
Wednesday August 25th from 7-10 (CCOC AFFINITY Night)
Valley Rock Gym
401 SW Jefferson Ave
Corvallis, OR 97333
The day pass is $5 including entrance and gear rentals.
1) Create an account through approach using the below link
2) Create a profile and add any dependents to your household
3) Sign waivers for you and all dependents under 18 years of age.
"BIPOC" stands for "Black, Indigenous, People of Color".
The mission of BIPOC Climb Nights is to create a safe and inclusive space for the BIPOC community to connect and support one another and to increase access to the sport of climbing.
BIPOC Climb Nights are for individuals who self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color.
We have two BIPOC climb nights a month.
Our BIPOC Meet Up is held every 2nd Wednesday from 7-10pm and is held during normal operating hours. After introductions, other community members and allies are welcome to climb, engage in dialogue and contribute to the creation of a safe and welcoming space!
Every 4th Wednesday, we rent our facility to Corvallis Climbers of Color from 7-10pm. This Private Event, CCOC Affinity Night, is held for those who identify as BIPOC and are part of Corvallis Climbers of Color. We thank everyone for adjusting their climbing schedules to help support the creation of this affinity space.
An affinity group is a designated “safe space,” where everyone in that group shares a particular identity. This identity can be based on race, gender, sexual orientation, language, nationality, physical/mental ability, socio-economic class, family structure, religion, etc. Affinity groups can be a place for underrepresented people in a community to come together to feel less isolated and more connected.
The CCOC Affinity Night is held every 4th Wednesday and we rent out our space to Corvallis Climbers of Color to create a safe space for those who identify as BIPOC! Carving out a space where people can gather with others who look like them and share similar backgrounds can foster a sense of safety and belonging.
Only people who identify with that particular group can be a part of it. This is so that affinity group members can safely express their experiences without having to worry about others not understanding their experience because they are of another identity.
Affinity groups are intended to bring people together over a commonality. We all benefit from interactions with people who share common identities or experiences. When you are in the numerical minority of a community, these bonding interactions may only occur during an affinity group. Affinity groups are only “exclusive” in order to create a safe space for people who may not feel safe in the larger community because they are in the numerical minority. During affinity climb nights, people can share freely and without inhibition about their experiences. This may make them feel more visible and more included in our community and in doing so, enhance our community's overall commitment to inclusivity.
Affinity groups are one aspect of creating a diverse and socially just world. They create the safe space needed for people to build strength and pride. But equally as important are the collaborative efforts between different groups of people towards creating equity for all. Allies are people who do not identify with a certain affinity group, but want to support the equal rights of people from that group. Ally work and affinity work are both important aspects of creating social equity. We are proud to offer a BIPOC climb night every 2nd Wednesday where both folks who identify as BIPOC and those who identify as allies can climb and co-create a safe and inclusive space.
Events like BIPOC Climb Night are key to diversifying the climbing community in Corvallis, in the greater PNW and in the US as a whole. Climbing, like many other outdoor activities, is not representative of the demographics of our country as a whole. According to the US census, around 40% of Americans—with the numbers rapidly growing—are nonwhite or hispanic. Yet nearly 90% of climbers are white according to the American Alpine Club’s State of Climbing report. From this, it is evident climbing and other outdoor activities do not reflect the racial diversity of the US.
By being advocates for JEDI in the outdoors, we can contribute to creating a world where people of all backgrounds and walks of life have both access and opportunity to experience the power, beauty, and community that climbing has to offer.
BIPOCs have historically been underrepresented in the sport of climbing. By offering a consistent discount to a night of climbing, we aim to decrease the financial barrier that makes it challenging for many individuals to enter the sport.