Hanging Out - Mpowerment Goes Rock Climbing!


Gain some height and learn some skills as Mpowerment goes climbing at Project Climbing Centre! We will have a 2 hour session with an instructor to “learn the ropes” and climb an indoor climbing wall. We will also be discussing support – how do we communicate to our friends and loved ones when we need support? What do “supports” look like? How do we balance societal pressure to be resilient with asking for support?

We will be meeting at Project Climbing Centre (3-31400 South Fraser Way) between 12 and 12:30 for a start time of 1 PM. Please arrive on time to ensure maximum climbing time :) We will be climbing for approximately two hours. Bring water and wear comfortable flexible clothing, but don’t worry about your entrance fee and safety gear rentals– this event is FREE :)


Mpowerment is a queer-centered, trans-inclusive, and gender affirming space for young adults (19 - 29 years old) to meet, make friends, and talk about the highs and lows of sex, drugs, relationships and all the things that bring us pleasure. We work to create safer spaces for all young people including those of us living with HIV. 

This event will be taking place on the shared traditional ancestral territory of the Sumas First Nation and the Matsqui First Nation; both of these First Nations are part of the Stó:lō Nation.



Project Climbing Centre is a dedicated indoor bouldering and climbing facility, that regularly serves folks of all ages and skill levels. Staff are trained and experienced at belaying and this session is intended to be an introductory session for folks with little to no experience climbing.

We will be climbing with an instructor, and proper safety gear (including harness, belay device, and rock shoes) will be covered by Mpowerment. The belay system is intended to ensure that folks will not fall, and the ground is covered in mats to prevent serious injury. However, there is still potential for minor injuries (such as bruising or a twisted ankle) in indoor climbing. We encourage folks to voice their needs (such as harness adjustments or to stop climbing when necessary) in order to maintain their own safety and comfort – the Mpowerment facilitator will also check in about needs during climbing.

We strongly advise participants to wear clothes that they would feel comfortable climbing in (usually clothes that cover skin and are flexible and not made of heavy fabric) take frequent breaks, and closely follow the instructions given by the instructors. We also advise participants to bring a bottle of water and be mindful of their own body’s needs during climbing :)

Project Climbing Centre is relatively accessible by public transportation, but if you have transportation needs for this event, please message the Mpowerment Fraser page or email MP at mpgallard@youthco.org :)

This event is FREE and open to youth ages 19-29 years old. 

If you have any other access needs not mentioned above or want to get in touch, please contact MP at mpgallard@youthco.org

January 12, 2019 at 1pm - 3pm
Project Climbing Centre Abbotsford
34100 S Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2C6
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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!