Wolverine has been attentively listening to the national conversation about racial and gender inclusivity in climbing, and to the problem of offensive route names. If you’ve been following, and noticed that we’ve been silent, it’s because there has been a lot to absorb and learn.
First, we encourage you to seek out, partner with, and/or donate to organizations who are actively working on creative diversity solutions, for example Climb the Gap and Climbing 4 Change. Offensive route names are only a small part of the greater problem of lack of diversity in our community. But language and names are a big part of guidebooks, so that’s the focus of this blog.
We have changed, and will change, certain route names. That’s the short version. Some climb names are just too disgusting to print. Some use clear racial slurs. Others are misogynistic. Some such names, we admit, have been allowed to stand anyway. Many climbers (especially the white and privileged who dominate our sport) see these names as simply stupid, or in bad taste, serving […]