Pro climber Jordan Cannon and Arc'teryx bring Queer Ascent Weekend to Truckee
(Courtesy of Arc’teryx)

Pro climber Jordan Cannon and Arc'teryx bring Queer Ascent Weekend to Truckee


Seeking to create inclusivity and connection with the 2SLGBTQIA+ and climbing communities, professional climber Jordan Cannon is hosting Queer Ascent Weekend in partnership with Arc’teryx, in Truckee on May 31st and June 1st.

Dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all climbers, Queer Ascent Weekend has a special focus on those who identify as part of the queer community. Weekend events include a welcome party for participants, climbing skills clinics, film screenings and live music.

(Courtesy of Arc’teryx)

Inspired by 2SLGBTQIA+ gatherings and outdoor skills-based education events, like that of Arc’teryx Academies, Cannon dreamt up Queer Ascent Weekend with the goal of bringing together the queer climbing community for stoke and education.

“I want folks to leave feeling inspired by the new friends they've made and the community vibe they've experienced over the weekend,” said Cannon “Whether they're meeting people, checking out clinics, or just soaking up the good vibes, I hope everyone walks away feeling pumped up and ready to spread that positivity.”

Clinics will range from beginner to advanced, and will be led by guides from Out in the Wild and Arc’teryx climbers, Shelma Jun, Samuel Crossley and Cannon. With topics ranging from from “Top Rope Anchors 101” to “The Art of Climbing Photography” and“Rock Rescue Skills,” each each clinic will be limited to six to eight participants.

Event partner, Arc’teryx, a global design company specializing in technical high-performance apparel and equipment, is inspired by the impact the sport of climbing has on people’s lives.

Arc’teryx brand experiences lead Monika Tesiorowski said, “We know it’s so much more than just the technical side of the sport, that there’s a life evolution that happens too. When it comes to accessibility to climb, there’s some big challenges still to overcome. Everything from access to expertise and knowledge, to equipment and locations to climb, as well as ensuring welcoming and inclusive environments. At Arc’teryx we’re investing more and more into breaking down that accessibility barrier and creating safe and inclusive environments for all.”

A Tahoe area local, Cannon says he’s thrilled to be kicking off Pride month with this event, hoping to set the tone with good times and summer vibes. He added, “Think summer camp feels—chilling by the lake, grabbing ice cream, hitting up Donner Summit for some climbs, and just kicking back.“

Cannon said he’s pumped for the entertainment and celebration on Saturday night—a Studio 54 meets forest-themed party that is open to allies and the Truckee community at large. Expect special guests, live music, and screenings of the films are Wet Lycra Nightmare and Body of a Line.

Cannon summarized, “The end of the event is always special because by then, everyone's had a chance to hang out, get to know each other, and really vibe together. As the night rolls on and the good times keep flowing, it's the perfect opportunity to forge deeper connections with everyone who's there.”

// Registration for Queer Ascent Weekend opens April 25; event is May 31 and June 1 in Truckee,

(Courtesy of Arc’teryx)

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