“Ikigai,” Lucius Williams IV explains, “is a Japanese concept that centers around the idea of finding one’s reason for being. Being a climber and artist is my reason.”
Williams has climbed for 30 years.
“As a filmmaker and climber of color from the South,” Williams says, “I was inspired to create a short video in an attempt to promote diversity within the climbing community and other outdoor related activities.”
He goes on, “Also, I hope to shed some light to those within the climbing community who for a myriad of reasons live in an insular world, that there are more of us climbers of color out there and many more of us who have a desire to be out there.”