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Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

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Started in 1978 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, and later given the full month of May, Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month celebrates the myriad achievements, influences, and contributions of the AAPI community to our world.

Each May, we take the time to celebrate the talented and incredible people of the AAPI community. Join Sender One in learning a bit more and finding new ways to celebrate today!

 

AAPI Heritage in Climbing

While climbing has developed a modern reputation for being dominated by a white base of climbers, this hasn't always been the case. It is important to remember that this reputation is extremely modern and belies a rich history of indigenous climbing traditions that long predate V-grades, gyms, and popular knowledge in America.

While most of us know climbing as a sport, nowadays, many communities around the world have climbed from necessity and as a part of their culture for millennia. From the Miao in China to the Nepalese Sherpas, climbing has been an integral part of many AAPI cultures. Many climbers know that we "climb by instinct," but it's easy to forget how old the practice is. Whether climbing to bring to their final resting place those who've passed, or for the joy of seeing the world from on high, the history of climbing in the AAPI community is rich and ancient.

AAPI Climbing Follows

There's also a ton of AAPI Climbers out there right now changing the game and bringing the joys of the outdoors to a wider community. While we've only got space to highlight a few, you'll be pleasantly surprised if you follow along that many, many more people are advancing the cause of representation and spreading the joy of climbing!

 

Outdoor Asian isn't just about climbing--they celebrate the AAPI community in all manner of outdoor activities. With an Instagram full of great highlights, an absolute banger of a logo, and plenty of ways to get involved, Outdoor Asian is a magnificent group to keep eyes on!

Asian Bouldering Crew runs a lovely Instagram highlighting AAPI climbers, with short profiles and amazing photography that will get anyone pumped to go out to the crag today. ABC isn't afraid of necessary conversations or excellent bursts of inspiration. If you're out to find climbers who make you say "wow," their backlog is extremely worth your time to explore!

AAPI Heritage Month Events

Events in Los Angeles

LAPL is hosting a series of events celebrating AAPI Heritage & History, with plentiful readings and a great reading list!

Discover Los Angeles has an even longer list, with some events carrying through to the end of the year. From films to exhibitions, they've got your celebrations covered for May and beyond!

Events in Orange County

South Coast Plaza is celebrating with art you can appreciate from home, and history that can take you deeper!

Down in Irvine you'll find several celebrations, with the one occurring today focusing in on the Chinese American community!

We hope all of our community enjoys the celebrations and finds a new sense of appreciation for the beauty and strength brought to climbing and the world by the diversity of our community. Happy AAPI Heritage month!

Mother’s Day 2022

Mother’s Day 2022

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This Sunday is Mother's Day, and we at Sender One want to take a moment out to celebrate all the moms who make our lives shine!

Many of us our moms were there not only for our first steps but our first sends! Whether teaching us to appreciate the beauty of nature, wrangling us to get to school on time, or being the support we need in hard times, moms truly make the world go 'round.

This year, we're offering you a few last-minute ideas for the perfect outing. We're also celebrating the moms of the Sender One Team (some of them who're part of the Sender One Team!) with stories of how they got us started on our journey to loving this world!

 

Outing Ideas

Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove is a true gem, tucked right into the middle of Orange County between Newport and Laguna. From tide pools to adorable beach town streets, the shores are beyond breathtaking. Guaranteed Instagram posts and framed family photos abound. If you're more into hiking, the trails in the park are among the prettiest and most accessible coastal sage scrub in Southern California. Truly, there's something for bring a smile to every mom here!

Find out more about the park!

Children play in the sands at Crystal Cove

Griffith Park

For Angelenos, Griffith Park is iconic--and it's obvious why. Trains? Got it. Zoo? Got it. Stars? Got 'em. Caves, hikes, trees? You bet ya. The hardest part of visiting Griffith park is deciding exactly what to do. If choosing is hard, the Fern Dell path is highly recommended and will make you forget about the roaring city in a heartbeat!

Plan your day here!

Malibu Creek

Home to our recent Crag Cleanup, Malibu Creek Sate Park feels like stepping into another world from Los Angeles.  With 15 miles of creek-side trails, beautiful natural pools, and some pretty fun climbing spots, Malibu Creek is a real get away even on the busiest day. Trust us, it's worth the little bit of extra drive to see it all!

Check it out here!

Moms of the Sender One Team!

Sheri & her daughters in Zion National Park, Utah

Sheri (Nicole P's mom)

"My mom, Sheri, has always been adventurous and outdoors focused. One time my sister, my friends, and I were climbing at Pine Mountain and didn't have service. My mom and my friends' mom decided to drive up there to try to find us (which is not too easy if you're not a climber). They found us and tried bouldering outside for the first time. My mom even got to the top of some boulders! We relaxed after by drinking the bottle of tequila they brought up. It was amazing for her to go out of her way to share my passion for climbing (and tequila) with her."

- Nicole P.

Laura & Bryce in Yosemite National Park

Laura (Soph and Bryce's Mom)

Not only is Laura a double-mom to two members of the Sender One team, she's also a Yoga instructor at SNA! Laura passed on a life-long love of adventure and the outdoors to both of her children, with frequent trips to Yosemite, morning surfing expeditions, and of course introducing both Bryce and Soph to Sender One.

Soph will always remember the trip Laura took them on to Catalina, where they camped out in the hills and Laura read them "The Little Prince" (they now have a tattoo with a passage from the fox chapter). Bryce, meanwhile, will never forget the when, at only 11, he got pancreatitis in the middle of Yosemite and had to be hauled out through six miles of trail. Suffice to say, he was a little heavier than the average day pack. Thankfully, Laura is one of the strongest and most determined people out there!

Melody & Crystal with the utterly cute Penny.

Melody (Crystal's Mom)

"Growing up, we weren’t outdoorsy, but we visited Taiwan and a number of other countries as much as we could afford. My mom put a lot of effort into maintaining our Chinese and Taiwanese background since she only moved to the United States a couple of years before I was born. We were fortunate to be immersed in different cultures. One memory of my mom was when she came to my elementary school and taught my class how to make dumplings and how to write their favorite word in Chinese calligraphy. As a kid, this was just normal for me, but as I got older, I realized just how much effort it takes to hold on to your family’s culture especially going to American schools, dating white guys, and being within the minority. Now, I find myself looking for Chinese recipes to try that I can cook for my mom and reaching for the savory and sweet items at the Asian market that remind me of my childhood. Beyond keeping our culture alive, my mom is ultra-supportive, hilarious, and just the absolute best!"

Whether you're heading out for a hike, or staying in for a well-deserved morning in bed, Sender One wishes all the moms out there a Happy Mother's Day!

Facilities Upgrades at SNA (Santa Ana)!

Facilities Upgrades at SNA (Santa Ana)!

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So it begins! The renovation project we have all been waiting for has arrived. We’re adding laundry & towel service to our main gym in Santa Ana, as well as two gender neutral and family restrooms (with a shower in one of them)!

These upgrades mean better service from start to finish. Laundry facilities ensure we can leave as clean as we came in (no more damp towels in your backpack). Gender neutral and family restrooms ensure all climbers feel welcome and safe to come off a hard climb sparkling clean.

Whether you’re climbing on your lunch, with your kids, or seeking a gym that’s as inclusive as its routes are rad, these upgrades will mean a better visit for you.

This long awaited project begins on May 2nd and will last until end of July. Yes, there will be some hurdles to overcome, but when all is said and done, everyone will have something new to appreciate!

During construction, our main gym restrooms will be closed. To ensure everyone is able to climb comfortably, we’re providing additional service and restocking at the restrooms and showers of the Yoga & Fitness studio next door, which will remain open. Additionally, on-site mobile restrooms will be available. The nice ones, don't worry 😉!

Check out the timeline of the project and learn more below.

 

Timeline of closure

May 2nd

🚽 Main Gym bathrooms will close on both sides. Portable toilets arrive for Sender City and parties!

🎉 Hallway to Party Room will close

🧘 Yoga & Fitness Annex bathrooms will remain available

May 4th

⚒️ Demolition begins and the project gets underway!

🗓 No construction will occur on weekends

🚪 Parties will enter through Sender City side door to party room (instead of down the hallway)

May 27th

🎊 Estimated opening of the two gender neutral / family bathrooms on Sender City side!

June 6th

⚒️ Estimated date we'll begin the mezzanine stair demolition

🧑‍🏫 Intro classes will be held on the "shorty wall," directly across from the current intro class area

🧗 The "Top Out" boulder will not be able to be topped out during this time. Setters will modify it to allow down climbing from this section during construction

There is a possibility we will get started on the mezzanine sooner, and we'll (happily) notify everyone should that occur!

July 27th

🥳 Estimated completion date for mezzanine stairs and reopening of all facilities.

Bathroom Upgrades

Our bathroom upgrades provide facilities for all sorts of people. Folks visiting with little ones will have a dedicated space separate from the main facilities. Those not served by the facilities up front will also find a safe space for their needs, without having to sacrifice the joy of a hot shower after a long session! If you're looking for where to go before these facilities open, this little map should help you out!

map of alternative restrooms

Upgrading the Mezzanine

Our new mezzanine will add more than a new set of stairs. With the new layout, we will have more space to host our intro classes, making first-time climbers feel more comfortable and welcome. Frequent members will appreciate the added space's improvements to the flow of foot traffic too - especially in those busy hours! Also, it will look nice!

Mezanine Render

Laundry Area & Towel Service

Anyone who's ever worked out knows how beautiful a clean towel really is. Bringing in towel service to Santa Ana is one of the top requests from members, and we are overjoyed to see its premiere on the horizon.

Mezanine Render

Why now?

As some may know, these upgrades were originally slated for January. However, as you’ve probably experienced outside the gym, supply chain issues have interrupted plans in every aspect of life this year. When we found out we were able to jump on the opportunity to get the upgrades rolling, we knew not to miss the window. Our members deserve these upgrades, and the sooner the better!

It's a lot of work, but these changes will help us better meet the needs of our community and ensure Sender One SNA remains the best place to climb in Orange County. When you visit the gym, you'll notice plentiful signs to help you navigate and staff will be on hand to help.

Once it's all done we'll all wipe the sweat off our brows, toss the towels in the new laundry machines, and look back on this as an amazing investment in our gym's future.

Thank you all for coming along with us as we project these upgrades together!

Stories of Women: Women’s History Month

Stories of Women: Women’s History Month

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Our heroine's can come from anywhere: art, literature, history. Maybe she's a heroine of our generation, or a courageous lead in a Jane Austin Novel. To celebrate Women's History Month we've compiled literature with stories of empowered, historical, and fantastical heroine's. Find a story that inspires you:

Empowered WomenHistorical Women Fantastical Women

EMPOWERED WOMEN

Stories of self-acceptance and creating change

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Issa Rae

Being an introvert in a world that glorifies cool isn’t easy. But when Issa Rae, the creator of the Shorty Award-winning hit series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, is that introvert—whether she’s navigating love, the workplace, friendships, or “rapping”—it sure is entertaining. Now, in this New York Times bestselling debut collection written in her witty and self-deprecating voice, Rae covers everything from cybersexing in the early days of the Internet to deflecting unsolicited comments on weight gain, from navigating the perils of eating out alone and public displays of affection to learning to accept yourself—natural hair and all.

The Women I Think About at Night

Mia Kankimäki

What can a forty-something childless woman do? Bored with her life and feeling stuck, Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment, and decides to travel the world, following the paths of the female explorers and artists from history who have long inspired her.

The Women I Think About at Night is “an astute, entertaining…[and] insightful” (Publishers Weekly) exploration of the lost women adventurers of history who defied expectations in order to see—and change—the world.

Where to Begin

Cloe Wade

If you are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality, Where to Begin is the ultimate inspirational guide.

Building on the wisdom of Cleo Wade’s national bestseller Heart Talk, this heartfelt collection will help you stay connected to hope during difficult moments and remind you that no matter what, you still have the power to show up and effect positive change.

HISTORICAL WOMEN

Women who have shaped the world we live in today

A Woman's Place Is at the Top: A biography of Annie Smith Peck, Queen of the Climbers

Hannah Kimberley

Annie Smith Peck is one of the most accomplished women of the twentieth century that you have never heard of. Peck was a scholar, educator, writer, lecturer, mountain climber, suffragist, and political activist. She was a feminist and an independent thinker who refused to let gender stereotypes stand in her way. 

My Own Words

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Hailed as a champion of women’s rights, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away in 2020, but her opinions on everything from gender equality to the inner workings of the nation’s highest court to her love of opera live on this 2018 collection of writings from the feminist icon.

FANTASTICAL WOMEN

Fictional and fantasy stories about women

Circe

Madeline Miller

The 2018 bestseller offers an epic feminist adaptation of the story of the goddess Circe — the misfit daughter of Helios, god of the sun, and Perse, an Oceanid nymph — whose powerful sorcery leads to banishment.

Over thousands of years, Circe crosses paths with a wide cast of characters: the Minotaur, Medea, Jason and other mortals, including Odysseus, with whom she falls in love and has a child. In the end, will she choose to live among mortals or gods? If you’re looking for female empowerment, Greek mythology style, you’ve found it.

The Mercies

Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Inspired by the 1620 witch trials, this novel transports readers to Norway, where a traveler and his wife come upon a coastal village only inhabited by women. 

Absalom Cornet has been summoned to bring the women of the island to heel. With him travels his young wife, Ursa. In her new home, and in Maren, Ursa encounters something she has never seen before: independent women. But where Ursa finds happiness, even love, Absalom sees only a place flooded with a terrible evil, one he must root out at all costs....

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Talia Hibbert

After a near-death experience, chronically ill website coder Chloe Brown makes an agenda to ensure she lives her life to the fullest and she finds the perfect man to help her cross the experiences off her list.

Sender One is also celebrating Women's History Month by fundraising for Girls Inc. LA. Our goal is to raise $2,000 through our Send With Womxns Climb-a-thon. So grab your climbing shoes and rally up your pledges, because we'll be climbing all day March 26th!

Send Forward

Send Forward

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Rock climbing provides an experience full of thrill, excitement, and commitment. It builds physical and mental strength as you reach new heights on each route you try. It’s an experience that Sender One wants to make accessible to everyone in our communities, which is why we’re pleased to announce our Send Forward Program. 

The goal for the Send Forward Program is to break down barriers that limit underrepresented groups, especially amongst youth, from participating in the sport of climbing. Additionally, we want the youth participating in the program to build self-esteem, develop life skills and grow confidence in overcoming obstacles, so that what they perceive as possible will transform beyond their current veils.

The Send Forward campaign will offer these groups of youth an opportunity to explore a world outside of what they know, to experience challenges that will push them beyond what they envisioned they were capable of. It will also offer them a chance to get to know our State and National parks through climbing.

We’ve had the opportunity to partner with Andrew King and Outward Bound Adventures who have helped make this dream program a reality. Learn more about these amazing partners below

We look forward to building partnerships with even more organizations to help this program grow.

About Andrew King

Andrew King is an African American explorer who has climbed over 50 different mountains around the world from Kilimanjaro to the highest mountain in the Atlantic, Indian, and the Pacific Ocean to the highest mountain in Western Hemisphere. He is currently training and climbing towards being the first African American to climb the highest mountain and volcano on each continent.

He is a dedicated advocate, providing help and digital media exposure to individuals, non-profits, developing communities battling sexism, racism, climate change, and other economic barriers along his nature expeditions.

Andrew is climbing, surfing, and diving for an inclusive outside with brands including Black Diamond, who will be donating shoes and harnesses to the participants of the Send Forward program. 

About Outward Bound Adventures

Outward Bound Adventures (OBA) is the oldest non-profit in the nation created and dedicated to providing outdoor education, conservation and environmental learning expeditions for primarily low income, urban and rural youth and their families who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience time spent in wild places and open spaces. 

We are thrilled to partner with them on the Send Forward program to bring rock climbing into the lives of these young adventurers. 

Black History Month: Health & Wellness Part 2

Black History Month: Health & Wellness Part 2

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The pieces in the image above are from the exhibition "In the Midst of All that Is" at the Band of Vices, an LA based art and culture company committed to providing a platform to often overlooked creative communities a narrative. Learn more about the artists and this exhibition

In effort to continue bringing Black Health and Wellness to the forefront as we celebrate Black History Month, below you'll find Black-owned businesses who provide services and products for self-care, fitness, sustainability, and more  for our local communities and online. 

If you haven't had the opportunity yet, don't forget to check out our earlier blog for Black History Month which highlights non-profit organizations and podcasts to follow/support that work to empower Black communities, as well as encourage self-love and healing. 

FITNESS & HEALTH

SGH Apparel

sghapparel.com

A Los Angeles based women's lifestyle athleisure brand celebrating boldness, confidence and body positivity. They provide gear that keeps you on top of your game rather you’re running errands, at the gym, or out with friends.

Ride On!

rideonbikeshop.com

Ride On! community Bike Shop and Co-Op provides all the necessary tools and supplies (including trained personnel) needed to assist you in repairing your bike for free. 

Intrinsic Provisions

intrinsicprovisions.com

A joy-focused outdoor lifestyle shop connecting customers to the highest quality brands. They offer a curated brand experience for your life both out and about and in.

WELLNESS & SELF-CARE

Nena's Organics

nenasorganics.com

Nena's Organics designs and creates plant based, organic health and beauty products for the treatment eczema, psoriasis, lichen planus, chapped lips, and dry skin, and exclude chemicals preservatives, alcohol, and blended with love.

Highbrow Hippie

highbrowhippie.com

Located in Los Angeles area, Highbrow Hippie is as chic as it is mindful with a thoughtfully curated selection of luxurious beauty, health, wellness, and home goods. Their goal is to expand the definition of a salon and return to  its historical meaning - a gathering place to exchange thoughts and ideas. Creating a sense of community, self care and a way to drop out for a few hours and focus on yourself. 

Nappily Naturals

nappilynaturals.com

A full service beauty wellness center in Leimert Park that offers organic, plant-based and herbal formulas that support holistic health and beauty lifestyles that will combat certain issues that has become ubiquitous throughout Black communities all over the world.

Amour Propre

amourp.com

Based in Orange County, Amour Propre®️ (which means "self-love in French) is in business to encourage our customers to practice self-love by experiencing the joy of utilizing natural, organic and aromatheraputic skin care products. 

Butterfli Designz

blkbutterflidesignz.com

Based in Orange County, owner Lolita has a niche in custom designing self-care gift baskets, weddings, parties, corporate events, home staging, baby showers & more. In 2015, she stepped out of her comfort zone to build her online presence and home base business in self care products.

Laguna Candles

lagunacandles.com

Women-owned and family-run business Laguna Candles has been whipping up candles for over 15 years. Each candle is hand-poured and crafted locally and made with a proprietary soy and wax blend sustainable, ecologically-sound and free of pesticides, Phthalates, parabens and sulfates.

APPAREL & HOME

Plush Armour

etsy.com/shop/plusharmour

Hand-knit sweaters and scarves by Chasten Harmon. Harmon also hosts health consultations and monthly gatherings designed to create a safe space to explore different healing modalities for BIPOC.

Sandra Johnson Designs

sandrajohnsondesigns.com

Anaheim Hills business owner Sandra Johnson has been sewing for 30 years and loves bringing her knowledge of the craft to others. She hosts presentations, workshops and parties for kids and adults that teach others how to hand-stitch, quilt and repurpose denim.

Renowned LA

Renowned.la

Renowned is a Los Angeles based brand created by John Dean III. Dean, born in Cleveland, Ohio, developed Renowned as a creative outlet to share and tell stories from a perspective that is relatable to anyone chasing a dream.

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