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The spirit of adventure. Something we develop at a young age. Climbing trees. Getting muddy. Swimming in the sea.

We’ve supported OBT for three years. 

They work with schools, colleges, and employers to inspire young people to defy their limitations. So they become strong, resilient and curious. Confident. Ready for life’s challenges. 

In January 2022, we re-committed to a multi-year partnership. 

We’re directly supporting 48 students from a local school on their 2022 residential adventure. Here they’ll develop their own communication, teamwork and leadership skills.  

Four of our employees will serve as ambassadors and mentors. 

“The pandemic impeded our work, but as restrictions lift, young people are back on Outward Bound residentials, where they are once again climbing mountains, sleeping under stars, getting battered by the elements and having wonderful adventures in the wild places of the UK. We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Equip UK. Our organisations both share a passion and an understanding of the unique opportunity the outdoors offers for young people to connect with each other and with nature, learn to believe in themselves, develop resilience and to have fun. Never has the development of these attributes been more important than now.”

Nick Barrett, Chief Executive at The Outward Bound Trust

Celebrating 6 Years of Making Climbing More Accessible

The biggest result is the new faces in climbing.

In January 2022, we re-committed to a multi-year partnership. 

We’re directly supporting 48 students from a local school on their 2022 residential adventure. Here they’ll develop their own communication, teamwork and leadership skills.  

Four of our employees will serve as ambassadors and mentors. 

1040

People have attended Women’s Trad Fest over 6 years

70 to 350

Attendees increased to 350 in 2021 vs 70 in 2016

89%

Found the weekend improved their confidence

For 6 years, Women’s Trad Festival has been breaking down the barriers of entry into the outdoors. We’ve supported them every step of the way.

That doesn’t mean simply funding – it means getting our hands dirty:

✅ We’ve helped people put up tents for the first time

✅ We’ve loaned equipment to participants without waterproof clothing

✅ We’ve shared our stories demonstrating how women are shaping the industry

✅ We’ve listened to feedback on how to make our products better for women

✅ We’ve learned how we can help improve outdoor access for underrepresented groups

✅ And in 2021, we offset unavoidable carbon emissions from the event, after working closely with the WTF team to minimise their impact. WTF 2021 was a climate-neutral event

“We believe - and the research shows this as well - that if you can see someone like you doing something, you are far more likely to be able to do it. If you can see it, you can be it. That is essentially the basis of the festival: trying to inspire role models, through showing people that what was traditionally viewed as a climber is not fixed. Age, ability, gender, background: that doesn’t matter at our festival.”

 Hetty Key, Researcher & WTF Director

All In Ice Festival | Ouray Ice Park, Colorado, USA

All In Ice Fest held its inaugural gathering in January 2022. The festival is centred around the experience of LGBTQIA2S+, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), and adaptive climbers. This is a platform to focus on marginalised groups and create opportunities to develop as climbers. There were clinics geared towards beginners and advanced climbers.

We had employees and Rab athlete, Marcus Garcia, attend the weekend. Marcus taught clinics, and we provided demo gloves and jackets to participants who needed them.

“Supporting traditionally marginalized groups get into climbing and mountaineering is some of the most urgent work we can be doing right now. It’s important that people get to meet and climb with others they associate with. We’re proud to be helping the All In Ice Fest get more people into the outdoors.”

- Jon Frederick, US Country Manager

AIARE Women’s Mentorship program | USA

The Women’s Mentorship Program supports aspiring, new, and experienced women avalanche educators by:

Hosting and providing scholarship funds for women’s-specific PRO1 and Instructor Training Courses

Connecting women with mentors and community via application-based mentorship cohorts.

And organizing events that include panel discussions and structured networking opportunities.

In partnership with Rab, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education is creating a community for women to connect with likeminded people and develop their avalanche education. The aim is to bolster women’s participation and engagement in avalanche education by building supportive communities of women.

“There’s something special about woman-to-woman mentorship. When another person you can identify with is crushing it at anything, it’s much easier to see yourself in their boots — the she can do it, I can do it mentality.”

- Amy Jane David, Athlete, AIARE Mentor