Behind the Scenes: Women in Wyoming

The groundbreaking multimedia project WOMEN IN WYOMING: PORTRAITS & INTERVIEWS OF WOMEN WHO SHAPE THE WEST selected Climb Wyoming for its  Chapter II: Power, capturing the words and images of several graduates and staff.

The project is the brainchild of photographer Lindsay Linton Buk and has been featured in several news outlets, including the Travel Channel. It will debut as a multimedia exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West (BBCW) in Cody, Wyoming on October 25, 2019 and run until August 2, 2020.

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See behind the scenes as the Climb Wyoming crew tapped into their inner power in front of the camera.

For Climb’s feature in the project, several graduates joined in the photo shoot with staff, including Dr. Ray Fleming Dinneen, and Misty Savage and Val Arias from the Cheyenne program.

Photographer Lindsay Linton Buk with Dr. Ray Fleming Dinneen, Climb Wyoming’s founder and executive director.

“To me, power can be unlimited things. It’s being strong, being independent. It’s being the person that you know you can be, with all that’s within you. ” — Artesia, Climb Graduate

“I drive a concrete mixer. I love my job, and I’m able to buy my kids what they need and not struggle. You can do anything you put your mind to. Put the effort in. It’s going to pay off.” — Sarah, Climb Graduate

“Power means to me what you have to reach down in yourself and find. You may be at a point in your life where you feel like nobody cares about you, you don’t have anywhere to go, and you want to give up. You can reach down deep inside of yourself, grab power and get yourself together. Be where you’re supposed to be. Once you hit that point, you have to share it with the world.” — Irene, Climb Graduate

For Chapter II highlighting “Power,” Lindsay Linton Buk says she “explores truth, voice and authenticity in action, as well as the power of potential.”

Capturing a special moment between Climb grad Irene and her son. Lindsay Linton Buk says kids were important to feature because Climb’s outcomes have so much impact on the next generation.

“Throughout Wyoming’s history,” says Lindsay Linton Buk, “its women have been brave, strong, and impactful.”