Following the Cairns

I am sitting on a ledge up a steep hill and below the routes we are climbing for the day. Getting up here had been an epic struggle for me, and as I waited to climb, all I could think about was why I had even made the decision to head up here in the…

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A Hand to Hold On To

“Everyone needs a hand to hold on to, don’t need to be no strong hand, don’t need to be no rich hand, everyone just needs a hand to hold on to…” – John Mellencamp Since I’ve been here in Colorado, I’ve been getting outside to explore as much as I can, and in doing so,…

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When Fear Transforms Into Confidence

I got lead climbing certified at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville exactly a year ago. I had led outside a little bit before that, and in the year since then, I also only led a little bit – here and there inside, but I tended to gravitate to bouldering, and some more outside, though I still often stuck…

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It Always Sucks at the Beginning

If you’re starting out the new year with a resolution to try something new, I have a reminder for you (and myself, too). It always sucks at the beginning. And it should be a challenge precisely because it’s new. When I try a new climb that’s hard for me, often I can’t do the first…

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Trying Harder

Last year, I resolved that my motto for the year would be “try hard.” After a year of trying hard, I accomplished a lot of my goals. I sent my first V5 – and many more after that. I also sent my first V6 – and no more after that (yet!). But I also learned that I…

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Make the Move

“It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going, what lies ahead I have no way of knowing…” – Tom Petty This little voice has been in the back of my head for almost two years now, calling me to Denver. The only reason I had to stay in Boston was the people – but…

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Live Free or Die

(Or how I learned to empower myself at Rumney.) This weekend, the original plan was to head up to Rumney with a couple of friends. A few days of camping and cragging sounded perfect, until those friends had to cancel. Luckily, another friend was still up for a day trip. The only problem was that…

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You Gotta Commit

Inspired by this post by Ash Ambirge – and by climbing, which has taught me that you truly have to commit if you want to make the move. So here is what I am committed to. I am committed to pursuing this life. I am committed to being terrified and trying anyway. I am committed to…

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Push Yourself a Little Bit Further

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” – C. JoyBell C. I reached my hand up and felt the rock above me, searching for a handhold. Nothing felt secure. I looked down, wanting to yell “take!” but realized I…

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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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