REI has delivered a fresh new documentary directed by Duncan M. Sullivan which explores the world of Brothers of Climbing–a New York crew of diverse rock climbers. Co- founders Mikhail Martin and Drew Bellety sought out to change the perception of rock climbing within their culture, due to the overwhelming and heavy stereotype regarding African-American’s aversion from outdoor activities. The group believes this has created a perpetuated cycle. Without seeing representation in various crafts, the exclusion of people of color will continue. By creating their group and offering a welcoming experience to a diverse audience, Brothers of Climbing hopes to alter the landscape of the outdoors experience for good.
To find out more about Brothers of Climbing and their initiative, check out the video below.