We’re proud to support the incredible work of Shannon Galpin and Mountain2Mountain. After four years of working in Afghanistan, Mountain2Mountain will bring it all home—launching it first domestic program, ‘Strength in Numbers’, in the United States, targeting young women at-risk, female military veterans and violence survivors. Utilizing the bike as a vehicle for social justice, beyond traditional bike donations, instead considering mountain biking as a seed for cultural exchange and self-determination abroad and at home.
via a Mountain2Mountain press release:
‘Strength in Numbers’ is an evolution from M2M’s work with women and girls in Afghanistan and founder, Shannon Galpin’s own personal experience as a victim of violence, and her continued push on gender and cultural barriers by becoming the first woman to mountain bike there, a country where women are not allowed to ride bikes. The first program will launch this fall in Breckenridge, Colo. October 1 through 7.
The week-long retreats will consist of daily mountain bike rides and skills sessions with local and international mountain bike riders/racers, morning yoga and meditation, and stand up paddleboarding. Guest speakers, and film nights with filmmakers and movies and discussions will broaden minds, spark conversation and inspire change to create our Strength in Numbers.
The strength, confidence, camaraderie, and empowerment developed during the program is only the first step. The ripple effect of the retreats is created as the young women take part in community social action projects after their camp – back in their communities or overseas with Mountain2Mountain projects.
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