*THIS GROUP IS FOR PLUS SIZE PEOPLE* (if you are straight size and want to be a great ally, we thank you, but this group is not for you)
When you think of rock climbing do you automatically think "I'm not strong enough" or "I'm too big for that"? We are here to crush societal norms surrounding active adventures. Our group is all about celebrating what our bodies can do! Our organizers are plus-size rock climbers who want to see more people with diverse bodies fall in love with touching rocks (even indoor ones).
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. We offer group (indoor) rock climbing in a safe, supportive environment with experienced belayers. Each Meetup will have plus size friendly gear up to 5X as well as shoe rental options. Some Meetups will be gender specific and some will be open to all-genders so please check the Meetup description for details. All meetups will currently take place at either Planet Granite or Portland Rock Gym with plans to move outside at some point.
Come out, learn a new activity and make some new friends!
About our organizers Megan and Amanda:
Megan is a plus-size rock climber and mountaineer who discovered a love of climbing 2 years ago. She is an avid outdoor and indoor climber and is currently working on her AMGA Single Pitch Instructor certification so she can teach outdoor classes. She has been a fat athlete (swimming + rugby) her whole life and is tired of hearing "good for you" when doing the same activities as her thin friends. She is the owner and chiropractor at Verve Lifestyle Center which focuses on body-loving care for diverse bodies. Megan was recently featured with some other outdoor badasses in an Outdoor Magazine online article which introduced the world to 5 amazing plus-size outdoor adventurer women. When not running her business or crushing routes in the indoor gym, she's out climbing mountains and rocks with her climbing partner and fiance Andy.
From Amanda: "Hi my name is Amanda (or "Susan B" if you know me from my former life as a roller derby nerd). I am a lifelong fat person that spent most of my life thinking I couldn't possibly be athletic. Then, in 2005, I found roller derby and never looked back. I relocated here to Portland from the east coast in 2008. I started climbing 5 years ago when injuries forced me to retire from contact sports. When I'm not climbing rocks, I am a therapist and advocate for equality and inclusion. I started a small social/activity group called Team Meat Thunder back in 2014 to increase visibility and acceptance for fat athletes because I got sick of being side-eyed in athletic spaces and I like to party.