Weekly Round-Up #11

I love a good, relevant climbing article, and the guys over at TensionClimbing, nailed it. With a keyboard and blank screen, they set out to write “The Rules” of climbing with the intention of making us all better climbers. My favorite, by far, is #6, mostly because I need to constantly be reminded of it (even if it really is a high-gravity day…) RULE #6: … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up #11

Conquistadors of the Useless, or Pursuers of Passion?

  “Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love And do it every day Do that for the rest of your life And eventually, the world will change.” ––Growing Up, by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Millennials get a lot of flack. We’re dubbed lazy, entitled, useless. Our work ethic is questioned, our desire to live in vans reviled, and our love for the … Continue reading Conquistadors of the Useless, or Pursuers of Passion?

Midweek Round-Up #3

Shorter work weeks may cut our CO2 emissions in half, reduce our stress, curb accidents, promote gender equality, and reduce unemployment. I’m in! Read the full thought-provoking article on the TED website. The EPIC May 2017 edition of Outside came out with a crew of badass woman dominating it’s cover with the headline: The Future of Adventure is Female. Spring and summer are upon us, and so … Continue reading Midweek Round-Up #3

What They Don’t Tell You About Running

Around 5am every morning you can hear the low hum of complaint as angry runners rise from their comfy beds to get 30 minutes in before the day is underway. They grumble as they lace up their running shoes, grunt as they pull on their compression socks, and whimper as they step out into the cold, unforgiving world. They force their way through three unpleasant … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Running

A Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Touring

Breaking into backcountry touring is exciting, sometimes scary, and full of unknowns. You may have spent twenty years on the slopes, but gracefully making your way up a skintrack is not necessarily a natural skill. With the uptick of users on social media and the repetitive pow shots put up by pro-skiers and pro-recreationalists alike, it’s hard to not load up the van (or in … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Backcountry Touring

When You Realize Your Life Will Be Different Than You Imagined

When I was a little girl I often dreamt about the future. I pictured myself as an astronaut, a worldwide traveler, a writer. As I grew up I pictured different scenarios for myself, as a wife, a professor, maybe an editor at some big-time New York magazine. And when I got into college I pictured myself in libraries, researching, studying, spending long hours in front … Continue reading When You Realize Your Life Will Be Different Than You Imagined

The Importance of Passion

We know it when we see it. The girl with overactive hand gestures talking about the project she sent. The guy telling us about the backflip he landed at Snowbird’s terrain park. The research scientist detailing the minutia of their current experiment. The father with pictures of his kid atop the podium for the state track championships. And we smile with them, applaud them, cheer … Continue reading The Importance of Passion

El Chorro: Easy Living, Hard Climbing

My first international climbing trip was to El Chorro in the Andalucia region of Spain. It was a short, two-and-a-half-day stint that we squeezed between trips to Granada, Mijas, and other coastal towns in Benalmadena. At the time, my climbing skills were desperate and on half the climbs my husband had to pull me up on top rope as I struggled to make my way to the … Continue reading El Chorro: Easy Living, Hard Climbing