Aisha + Kathy go to Dallas, TX

Photo by Trenton Wheeler.

Photo by Trenton Wheeler.

When in Texas, do as the Texans do. Or don’t and you will be publicly scolded.

Kathy and I spent the past 48 hours scouring the Dallas city streets in search of food trucks and meaning. To begin the day, we started at the museum of modern art. After trying to enter an exclusive exhibit cloaked as educators, we lead ourselves into the rest of the museum that is open to the public. Did you know that if there is not a fence in front of a painting, that is not an invitation to get within inches of the masterpiece? We found out the hard way.

In addition to this BBQ and art fueled journey, we screened NMLFF courtesy of our lovely host - Summit Gyms. Summit has a handful of climbing gyms scattered throughout the state and we held our event at the Carrollton location. These gyms are as focused on climbing as they are on supporting and promoting the budding climbing culture in Texas. The couple running the Carrollton event, Audra and Mario are newlyweds on a mission to diversify climbing in the area. These two are passionate advocates for people of color in the sport. These two confront issues of diversity in the outdoors sharply and unapologetically.

Photo by Trenton Wheeler.

Photo by Trenton Wheeler.

The event was intimate. Guests sat on the bouldering mats while Hazel Findlay and Tiffany Hensley spoke separately about their experiences as climbers. The excitement was tangible, given that the celebrity ratio was nearly 1 to 25. Hazel spoke with incredible poise and blunt resolve about her latest send in Squamish. Tiffany presented on her climbing organization in Mexico with a delicate mix of passion and puns. The two-night event was a great introduction for many into the climbing world and a welcoming bear hug for those already embedded within the sport.

Dallas - you are different. But we will be back.