Rock Climbing as a Revolutionary Act: Resistance Climbing in the Occupied West Bank

In 2014, American Tim Bruns moved to Palestine with his friend Will hoping to set up a climbing gym in Ramallah. Almost ten years (and hundreds of sends) later, the film Resistance Climbing, about the burgeoning rock climbing community in Palestine, premiered at the Reel Rock Film Festival. On the heels of the film’s release, I invited Tim to reflect on the journey and the growth of the rock climbing scene in Palestine. We discussed what climbing can and cannot do for the political situation there, how climbing connects Palestinians to their land, and the process of setting up the nuts and bolts of rock climbing in Palestine, among other topics.

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