When climbers speak up about causes and political topics, they are often told to “stick to climbing” on social media.

That rang true this weekend when Alex Honnold attended a Women’s March in Las Vegas with a number of friends.

His Instagram story and photos had an overwhelming amount of support, but a number of critics left rude and, let’s face it, stupid comments.

Some of the comments said, “stick to climbing” and “I follow for climbing photos, not this.”

Honnold replied with a photo of him making the first free-solo of El Cap via Freerider VI 5.13a with some words for the haters (see below).

The Women’s March gathered in Las Vegas for Women’s March: Power to the Polls, an event that launched a national voter registration tour one-year after the historic Women’s March on Washington. “This next stage of the movement will channel the energy and activism of the Women’s March into tangible strategies and concrete wins in 2018.”

For more information on the Women’s March see here.

For everyone telling me to stick to climbing – here’s a climbing pic. And here’s something else to think about: sometimes standing up for your convictions can be harder than overcoming physical fear. Being at the Women’s March made me appreciate the uphill struggle that so many marginalized communities face. They are courageous in a way that I can’t imagine, the least I can do is support their struggle for equality. All humans have the same inherent dignity and rights. Sure, some signs at the rally might be offensive. Some might even be vulgar. But who cares?! Freedom of speech is one of the things that makes this country great but too many people have had to wait far too long to be heard. I, for one, was glad for the opportunity to go and listen.

For everyone telling me to stick to climbing – here’s a climbing pic. And here’s something else to think about: sometimes standing up for your convictions can be harder than overcoming physical fear. Being at the Women’s March made me appreciate the uphill struggle that so many marginalized communities face. They are courageous in a way that I can’t imagine, the least I can do is support their struggle for equality. All humans have the same inherent dignity and rights. Sure, some signs at the rally might be offensive. Some might even be vulgar. But who cares?! Freedom of speech is one of the things that makes this country great but too many people have had to wait far too long to be heard. I, for one, was glad for the opportunity to go and listen. Pic: @jimmy_chin

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