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Brown Girls Climb Updates Marketplace to Support Value-Driven Businesses this Holiday Season

November 1, 2022

Media Contact

Lizzy Markman
Darby Communications

Washington, DC

Brown Girls Climb (BGC), an organization committed to representation and change in the outdoors, is debuting its updated marketplace to help consumers create positive economic and social change this holiday season. BGC Marketplace is an online directory of value-driven companies designed to help people make a difference with their purchases. 

The Marketplace boasts several intersectional filters to help shoppers find Black and Brown-owned companies, companies making significant social or environmental impacts, and/or inclusive designs, like adaptive gear among many others. Shoppers can find gifts from brands making outdoor gear and apparel, health and wellness products, craft food and beverages, art, and accessories. Each company has a profile with a summary of its products, owner, and impact as well as a place for BGC users to review the brand. 

This resource is one of many Brown Girls Climb offers to create a more accessible outdoors to the public. The national organization, which established its roots advocating for climbing access for Women of Color, experienced a growing need for more representation in the outdoor industry along with more transparency around how outdoor companies are investing their revenue. Since 2017, they have published an annual holiday gift guide to highlight Black, Indigenous, and POC-owned outdoor companies. Please visit the BGC 2022 Holiday Gift Guide for a curated list of gift recommendations. 

“Today, more and more people are conscious about how their money is invested,” says Brown Girls Climb Founder, Bethany Lebewitz. “We want BGC Marketplace to help make those choices easier and help consumers find outdoor goods they can feel good about purchasing.” 

Brown Girls Climb is committed to redistributing the revenue generated from BGC Marketplace back to the communities it aims to serve, reinvesting profits to support the organization’s outreach efforts including meet-ups across the United States, and dedicating a percentage of its profits to Land Back initiatives to support land purchases for Indigenous people within the United States. 

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About BGC Marketplace

BGC Marketplace is an online directory to find the best brands to support in the outdoor industry. Whether you’re a weekend climber, a professional athlete, or completely new to outdoor recreation, we welcome you to shop brands we love. Our marketplace features brands we care about and that care about us and our community. We strive to create a shopping alternative that challenges the way outdoor businesses typically run with the goal of creating a resource for the people and by the people. The outdoors is changing and so should our options. If you are interested in joining BGC Marketplace or would like to learn more visit us at

About Brown Girls Climb

Brown Girls Climb is a social enterprise which strives to facilitate mentorship, provide access, uplift leadership, and celebrates representation in the outdoors and climbing for People of the Global Majority*. Our process is adaptive and emergent with a focus on building equitable and just relationships in all the efforts we commit to, including meet-ups and mentorship, resource sharing and redistribution, and employment and industry practices. Find more information at