Doors: 7:00 PM
Showtime: 7:30 PM
Join photographer, writer, climber and activist, Nikki Smith as she tells her story of Realization. Nikki will share some of her outdoor and climbing photography from over 20 years in climbing and share insights into her journey as a climber, first ascensionist, guidebook author, writer, and a woman who happens to be transgender.
(*Trigger Warning – This presentation will briefly mention depression, suicidal ideation, homophobia, transphobia, and sexual harassment.)
Nikki is an artist, writer, photographer, guidebook author, runner, and climber based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She started climbing in the early ’90s and has been working in the outdoor industry and climbing world since 1998. Nikki’s photography has been featured in many outdoor publications and is a National Geographic Adventure photo contributor. She’s authored five climbing guidebooks to date and has written many feature articles for climbing magazines. She’s done more than 150 first ascents throughout the west and has traveled the world to climb. Nikki is also an athlete representing Brooks Running, REI, Mountain Hardwear, Scarpa, Grivel, and more. Now, much of her work focuses on building a more inclusive, diverse, and safe community within climbing and the outdoors. She is an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community. She serves as a Patient Advocacy Board Member for the University of Utah’s Transgender Health Program, and a committee member for the American Mountain Guide Association’s JEDI committee.