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Sam Ortiz has gone from a beginner to a hiker to a climber to a mountaineer to a plus-size outdoor model in under five years. Her progression has happened in part due to curiosity, timely mentors, and the best kind of fear: the kind you move up and over, only to end up a little bit changed on the other side.
In this episode, we talk about how despite a fear of heights, Sam learned more methods of climbing in order to get better and better access to beautiful places. Now, she’s using her voice to make the outdoors more accessible for others, too, by advocating for more plus-size apparel and climbing harnesses, organizing climbing meetups and being the outdoor role model she always needed to see. She told us that her path found her, it wasn’t until she started looking back that she began to put together her story.
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Featured in this episode: Sam Ortiz
Hosted by Gale Straub
Music is by Liam McNally
Music is also by Lee Rosevere using CC by A license.
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[…] to a hiker to a climber to a mountaineer to a plus-size outdoor model in under five years. The SheExplores podcast, REI’s blog, and Outside online featured Sam. She’s also written numermous articles for […]
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