Brittany has been spent much of her life in nature. From backpacking to climbing. Brittany started climbing at college gym with a few friends. Once she moved to Baltimore, she started to pick-up it again at a local gym. Mainly focusing on sport and bouldering. Some of her favorite places to climb have been HP40, Stone Fort (bouldering) Safe Harbor, Rock State Park, Carder Rocks (sport) She is currently a Pre-school teacher at the Smithsonian institute, where they focus on object base learning. Brittany also has deep connection protecting and showing people the importance of longs trails. She is part of the advisory team for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy called NextGen. She has been a leader for the national organization Outdoor Afro for the past 4 years, which is helping to celebrate and inspire black leadership in the community and nature. She has taken on the role as Regional Leader for the Westcoast region leader. She is also currently works for REI as an Outdoor Instructor in the Washington DC area leading hikes, teaching backpacking, camping skills, and basic rock climbing skills.
Mikhail began rock climbing in the summer of 2009 in New York City. Since then has experienced climbing in many countries around the globe. By day he works as a software engineer. With the rest of his time he runs the organization Brothers of Climbing (BOC) which was created to spark discussion on diversity in rock climbing and create a more diverse community. In the past Mikhail served as a mentor for high school students with the City Rocks program and worked as a climbing instructor at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers.
Bethany has been climbing for seven years. With experience in bouldering, sport, and traditional climbing, she strives to foster community where women are encouraged to be on ‘lead’. As the CEO of Brown Girls Climb, LLC, she hopes to build a company that elevates women of color and underrepresented voices in the climbing community by providing accessible and affordable climbing education and gear. Her interest and rock climbing and neuroscience has driven her interest on creating opportunities to experience physical activity and outdoor recreation as a means to share tools that encourage growth, recovery, and adaptation.