Why Do I Climb?

I climb for the fun, the laughter, the smiles. Because climbing is play. I climb for the creativity, the grace, the beauty. Because climbing is art. I climb for the fresh air, the scraped knees, the tall trees. Because climbing is nature. I climb for the energy, the determination, the power. Because climbing is strength….

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Horse Pens is My Happy Place

I woke up with the sun, unzipped my tent, and looked around. We had arrived at Horse Pens 40 after dark, so I didn’t really know where I was. But as I walked around to get the lay of the land, I fell instantly in love – and that feeling only grew stronger over the…

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Something Old or Something New?

My friends invited me over for board games, and at one point, we were trying to decide what game to play next. “Do you want to play the one we played last time or learn a new one?” they asked. The one I knew would be easy to start, and I could actually compete to the…

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Finding a Reason to Stay

I’m a nomad at heart. I’ve moved around a lot, and I can always find a reason to leave. What I didn’t expect this past year was to find a reason to stay. About a year and a half ago, I moved to Boston for a job. But six months after I got here, I lost…

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Don’t Say Good Luck…

“You don’t say good luck, you say don’t give up…” – The Fire by The Roots “You should try the blue one. It’s just at your level. It’ll definitely be a project. But you can do it.” Little did the setter who said this to me know how much of a project it would be….

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Create Your Own Beta

I started up the boulder problem and got to the spot where I kept getting stuck, unable to figure out the feet. When I fell off, one of my friends on the ground commented, “That was a weird way to start. I mean, it worked for you, but it was interesting.” He was not the…

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Try Hard

I started January 1st with a very specific goal. My plan was to go into the gym and crush the project I’d been working on. It would be a new bouldering grade for me, and finishing it seemed like the perfect way to start the new year. But when I got to the gym and looked at…

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Fear of Falling or of Failing?

For the most part, I’m not afraid of falling when I climb. Though Joshua Tree showed me that my outdoor bouldering head needs some work, in the gym, I don’t feel much fear. Of falling, at least. But I feel a lot of fear of failing. And in climbing, falling sure looks like failing. But what…

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Some Days You Will Just Suck

Some days you will fail on your project, even though you’d been making progress. Some days you will fall off problems that you know are well within your ability. Some days everything will be hard. It’s easy to get in your head and blame yourself on the days when you suck. But it’s not your…

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An Oasis of Climbing in Joshua Tree

Driving into Joshua Tree National Park is like crossing the threshold into another world – and into a place of world-class climbing. From trad towers to chalked-up boulders, you can find something to climb everywhere you look. Nestled amongst the rocks are plants and trees that are determined to thrive in this unforgiving desert. But could…

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