Speaker

Julie Ellison

Climbing Writer & Photographer
Julie Ellison has been writing, shooting, and editing stories about climbing and the outdoors for more than a decade. She was Climbing magazine’s first female Editor in Chief, and now works as a freelance writer, photographer, and filmmaker. With a genuine documentary style, she uses adventure as a way to experience the world and help the people in it. Through the lens of climbing, she’s documented the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, a climbing camp for cancer survivors, a transgender climber’s ground-breaking journey, and seeing death firsthand in Mexico.

For four years, Julie lived in a van named Betsy, chasing interesting stories, dry rock, and good climbing conditions across the U.S., all with her pit bull Lizzie by her side. In fall 2016, she and two colleagues formed Never Not Collective, a women’s production company that just released their first major film project: Pretty Strong, a climbing film about women, by women, and for everyone.