People and Partnerships Director
& Lead Guide
CERTIFICATIONS: AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor, Wilderness First Responder
HOMETOWN: Maplewood, NJ
CURRENT LOCATION: Snohomish, WA
HOW LONG HAVE YOU CLIMBED: 6 years
FAVORITE TOPIC TO TEACH: I love working with folks on getting down knots
WHY DO YOU CLIMB?: "To connect more deeply with the landscapes around me and have a testing ground for exploring my relationship with my body, fear, and joy :)"
WHAT'S YOUR GO-TO CRAG SNACK: Pickles!!! Nori! Sesame Sticks. Really all the salt.
WHERE YOU LEARNED THE MOST: Index, WA
Sof discovered rock climbing growing up in New York City and seeing boulderers in Central Park while out with family. She began climbing indoors in college and was hooked soon thereafter. She now lives and organizes in the Pacific Northwest and is passionate about forest defense, climate campaigning and developing skilled and empowered young people through organizing and outdoor leadership skills.
I’m excited to join the Climb OUT Campout team after being one of the mentee guides at the inaugural COCO event in Joshua Tree last fall. I am amped to join affinity programming that not only brings communities together but also challenges and questions systems and values of supremacy, domination, and oppression that manifest in climbing spaces, even “diverse ones.” Sof is a Wilderness First Responder, AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor whop also works with She Moves Mountains and Climbers of Color in WA, where they are also the Assistant Director of Rock Instruction.
Sof also works as a coach in the youth climate movement --- they dream of being able to support technical direct action with climbing skills to bring about community liberation and climate justice and be able to offer climbing expertise to more liberatory projects. Beyond climbing, you can find Sof baking lots of bread (eating it even more), crying over just about every dog she sees, jewelry making, outdoor naps, really good pickles and hot sauces, and slinging food and drinks as a server at a cocktail bar.