An invitation is at the heart of our outdoor exploration. We believe that invitation makes all the difference. “I Am, Because You Are,” is a story about how a healthy community in the outdoors can help us go further than we ever dreamed of on our own.
With this story, we are currently moving into post-production and are in need of a financial partnership to bring it to life. It is currently targeted to be 15-20 minutes in length. Our goal is to create a video that helps spark healthy conversations and motivates people to participate in both accepting invitations, but also extending them to others in their life.
“I Am, Because You Are” challenges the narrative when it comes to creating a culture of equity and inclusion in mountaineering. It shows how we can work together to reduce barriers, create opportunities and extend the invitation.
Mountaineering films and stories are often focusing on conquest, and personal victory, but has long excluded diverse faces and stories.
So we want to tell a different kind of story. One that is already happening all around us if only you could be there to see it happening. A community that is forming with a different kind of spirit. Not of competition or conquest, but one of togetherness. We are telling a story that aspiring adventurers can look up to and see their own faces and fears represented in.
Join a six-member crew from the Colour the Trails community as they attend their first-ever mountaineering trip. Exploring the traditional lands of the Ktunaxa, Shushwap, and Sinixt Nations, also known as the Bugaboos. In summer with historic levels of snowpack, this crew heads out for 5 days to experience a taste of mountaineering. Many of the members have little to no experience ever going backpacking, let alone camping on snow.
This community set out to challenge the traditional narrative of mountaineering conquest by living out the long-standing African tradition of Ubuntu, which translates “I am, Because you are”.
Ubuntu is that nebulous concept of common humanity, oneness: humanity, you and me and our natural world. While drawing on this notion of interconnectedness of all life. Throughout this story you get to travel right alongside the team members, and see them face fears in a way that is reliant on those they are traveling with. See what it looks like to challenge yourself in a healthy way with experienced guidance. We believe that the spirit of this story will continue to help shape a different way of thinking about how we do community in outdoor spaces.