Meet Sonya Wilson: Climbing Role Model, and Eddie Bauer’s First Deaf Climbing Guide

June 23, 2022

Over Memorial Day weekend, Eddie Bauer released its film ‘Elevated,‘ featuring climber Sonya Wilson. Wilson is a climber, teacher, climbing guide, and the founder of the ASL Climbing Network based in Los Angeles. Wilson is Deaf and uses ASL (American Sign Language) to communicate. She’s been climbing on and off for more than 30 years.

Yesterday, Eddie Bauer named Wilson to its Guide Team, making Wilson the first Deaf climber and guide to be backed by the brand. She’s possibly one of the first Deaf climbers to be recognized by any brand, marking a huge step for Deaf representation in the sport. Wilson joins three others on the Eddie Bauer Climbing Guide Team. Gear Junkie