Justin Forrest Parks is a passionate rock climber, mountaineer, outdoor enthusiast and community advocate born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. His mission in life is to promote, encourage and celebrate diversity in outdoors. Drawing from his background in film and photography, Justin finds extreme joy in finding ways to create welcoming narratives that inspire People of Color to venture into and engage with wild spaces. He has worked alongside the American Alpine Club, Chicago Mountaineering Club, Sierra Club, Patagonia, NOLS, and Outdoor Research to help find ways to create equitable, inclusive and welcoming environments within the outdoors and the outdoor industry. Justin is the Co-founder of Sending in Color, a collective of Chicago climbers of color. You can usually find him exploring urban abandoned buildings, climbing at Red River Gorge on his weekends, or training to become an IFMGA guide in the Cordillera Blanca.
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