Woman Crush Wednesday-Meet Monserrat

Meet Monserrat Alvarez.

We were connected with Monserrat through one of our other #wcw crushes, Andrea Brooks. Monserrat has a bright and vibrant energy and a fighting spirit to make outdoor spaces more accessible for all people.

We are inspired by her passion to educate others and to be a role model to the next generation.  Monserrat is part of an awesome non-profit organization called CityWILD in Colorado who's mission is 'to provide low income, culturally diverse youth with outdoor and environmental service learning opportunities that promote developmental themes of personal empowerment, leadership and community participation'.

Connect with Mons on Instagram at @In_lak_ech.  

 

What do you do?

I Rock Climb.  

What else do you do?

White water rafting and backpacking.

How do you define the word 'strength'?

Strength is what you need to be resilient in the face of adversity and challenges.

Strength is what you need to be resilient in the face of adversity and challenges.

How did you discover your passion/work/niche?

When I was in college I was introduced to rock climbing, however I did not feel like I belonged in those spaces. Once I moved to Colorado, I began to find my own space with other women who climb.

How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?

My work outdoors requires constant movement, from ice breakers to rock climbing.

Where would be a good starting point for someone who is looking to add more movements into their life like what you do?

I would say bouldering is a more accessible way to try out rock climbing, it doesn't require a lot of gear or a climbing partner.  

WMC Explanation: Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Forget about the climbing gear, like ropes and harnesses, and grab a pair of climbing shoes, a safety mat (usually helpful), and some chalk for your hands.  You don't need a large, high route to climb, your challenge is to climb shorter, but tricky routes, which make you focus on balance, strength, technique,  and your mind (yes, you actually need to think and strategize). Here is an article that we found on some tips to start Bouldering.  Now go outside and find a rock to climb, or look up your local climbing gym. 

Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?

Yes! Especially when I am surrounded by women who love and support each other in the sport.

 

 

What motivates the crap out of you? (quote, music, people, sport, etc)

When I am trad leading on a route and get nervous, I start singing! I sing "Make Me Proud" by Drake or any Selena songs!

You are enough. You don’t need to fit in with anyone’s standards of what it means to be a “climber”!

What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?

You are enough. You don't need to fit in with anyone's standards of what it means to be a "climber"!

Are there any women or groups that motivate you that you'd like to see us connect with or interview?

Bethany Lebewitz, founder of Brown Girls Climb

 

Anything else you'd like to share with us or a bunch of women out there?

I hope we continue to love and uplift each other in whatever sport or activity we participate in!

 

Dani Almeyda

Women's Movement Collaborative, 101 South Main Street, Suite 221, Fuquay Varina, NC, 27526