Noticing a lack of representation of women in routesetting and frustrated with the all-too-common assumption that womxn setters are best able to set for womxn climbers, Foxman McCarthy James developed the IMPACT bouldering competition. Set entirely by womxn for competitors of all gender identities, IMPACT exists to celebrate artistry and intention that setters bring to their climbs while illustrating that talented womxn setters can set for all climbers, not just womxn.
IMPACT 2020 was the last competition we hosted at any BKB location before the COVID-19 pandemic changed our worlds overnight. As we continue to operate under strict community health guidelines, running an in person competition is not an option this year. Still we didn’t want to miss the chance to celebrate the beauty and movement of the routes we love and the creativity and passion of the setters that bring them to life.