Ascend: Forced to flee the Taliban, Afghan women find a home in climbing
The non-profit Ascend started as a way to give women around the world access to climbing-based leadership training. But when the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021, the program pivoted to resettlement, eventually helping 134 Afghans find new homes around the world.
Now Patagonia has captured the story of three of those refugees &mdash Mina Bakhshi, Haniya Tavasoli, and Rabia Hussain &mdash in a powerful new short film called Ascend. The short film follows the women as they reunite in the Yosemite Valley at the invitation of two Yosemite Search and Rescue climbers: Merryn Venugopal and Michelle Pellette.
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