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Wed, Dec 06

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Gearhouse Basecamp

Big Rik's Bulger Journey: About More Than Just Mountains

Hear a first-hand account from a queer, disabled, woman about her journey climbing The Bulger List, Washington's 100 highest peak

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Big Rik's Bulger Journey: About More Than Just Mountains
Big Rik's Bulger Journey: About More Than Just Mountains

Time & Location

Dec 06, 2023, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Gearhouse Basecamp, 800 E Thomas St, Seattle, WA 98102, USA

About the event

Join us for an evening with Rikki Hinz, the 92nd Bulger List finisher, and learn about what she faced in the climbing community and in life while sending 100 of Washington's tallest mountains as a queer and disabled woman. Sponsored by A Higher Calling PNW.

This won't be a chest beat of physical feat or prowess but a sharing of Rikki's journey to find community amidst adversity and what that has meant to her.

Come and join the celebration!

What to Expect:

Expect to laugh, to cry, and to feel the whole range of human emotion- Rikki doesn't hold back on sharing what has motivated her journey to climb The Bulger List and what she experienced during it. You'll hear about the mountains of her mind that she has been climbing during her Bulger journey and she's serving the tea piping hot. You'll also get a chance to ask questions, a large part of the evening is intended to be a dialogue with her, not just her talking at you :).

This presentation is for women, neurodivergent people, queer people, and those who have experienced trauma to see themselves represented in the climbing community and hear a first-hand account from a queer, disabled, woman about her journey climbing The Bulger List, Washington's 100 highest peaks. We also want people to learn about community resources available to and relevant to them. It is also a time to celebrate Rikki and for her to give gratitude to the community of people who made this accomplishment possible.

About the Speaker:

Rikki is the 92nd person to complete The Bulger List, and 14th woman to do so. During her 10 years of climbing she has developed a deep love for choss, prominence, and community. Just like The Bulger List, she can be bold and polarizing. She proudly self-identifies as a bitch as a protest against the patriarchal pressures placed on women to be likable and obedient. She met Mel Fernandes online in 2020 and had an immediate respect for her advocacy work in the climbing community. 

About the Org:

Mel is the founder and director of A Higher Calling PNW, a local non-profit dedicated to advocacy for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and those missing within the outdoor community. A Higher Calling PNW is the exact organization Rikki wishes existed many years ago, she is immensely grateful for Mel's work in creating this organization for the outdoor community to benefit from.

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