“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?
Learning to lead climb opens up options because you no longer have to rely on someone else to establish the route. Continue reading Why You Should Learn to Lead Climb
In this week’s news: Agnes Vianzon worked with the California Conservation Corps for over a decade where she learned the basics of trail work, backcountry ethics, and the importance of LNT. These experiences lead her to create the Eastern Sierra Conservation Core, a non-profit dedicated to “building a stronger and more inclusive community,” who aims to “provide opportunities to experience and better understand wilderness and … Continue reading Weekly Round-Up #7
My first pair of climbing shoes were Scarpa’s, and after my La Sportiva Solutions took their last route, I decided to go back to my climbing roots. When I tried on the Boostic’s, Scarpa’s “premier weapon for everything past the vertical,” they reminded me of the La Sportiva Miura’s I had a few years back. The fit is similar, maybe a bit wider, with about … Continue reading Review: Scarpa Boostic
Disclaimer: I am not a professional climber or a professional instructor. However, I taught introductory rock climbing classes for a year and a half and have six years of climbing experience. Have you ever been on a hike and glanced up to find someone scaling the cliffs surrounding you? If you’re anything like me seven years ago, you probably thought, “Those people are crazy!” And … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Climbing
For years, Potrero has been at the top of my list. It’s home to the second longest sport route in North America, Time Wave Zero, and the notorious El Sendero Luminoso that Alex Honnold free soloed in January of 2014. It’s the sport climber’s Yosemite, with more multi-pitch sport routes than a climb-cation could ever have time for. Thankfully, if you want to make the most … Continue reading El Potrero Chico: A Sport Climber’s Paradise
I don’t know about you, but this month has been painful–politically, emotionally, and mentally. I’ve felt exhausted by the negativity on my news feed, the reports on NPR, and the wonderful winter weather threw my work days into a tailspin. With all this mental exhaustion I’ve barely had the chutzpah to get myself into the gym for a solid workout. One day I went to … Continue reading Because Mexico!
Recently, professional climber Michaela Kiersch made the first female ascent of The Golden Ticket in Red River Gorge, a 5.14c. Below is the full edit of the short film, “The Golden Ticket.” Michaela is inspirational. She’s a full-time undergraduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, manages to squeeze in a few training sessions a week between classes, and then makes the seven hour drive down … Continue reading Inspired by “The Golden Ticket”
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
I used to hate pink. Loathed it. I wanted people to know I could play around in the dirt, that I rarely wore make-up, and could only throw my hair into a high pony. I didn’t want people confusing me as the “girly” type. When I started doing more outside, and realized the deficit between men and women in the outdoors, I decided I wanted to … Continue reading Power of Pink