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For the Texas Lady Crushers, Rock Climbing Is a Sport for Everyone

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When Emilie Hernandez founded the Texas Lady Crushers in 2018, she created a safe space for women and nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people to find joy and success in rock climbing. The group has gained popularity over the years, with enthusiasts even traveling from out of state to join, and has become about more than just climbing—it’s about building a sense of community and mentorship for those of all backgrounds.

From Black Diamond, Texas Lady Crushers tells the story behind the group.

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