Someone Has to Take the Lead

“Who wants dessert?” I was out to dinner during Outdoor Retailer with a group from ClimbStuff (this post is not sponsored by them, but I am an ambassador because I genuinely think they’re awesome – and this dinner only further reinforced that feeling!). We’d had a great meal and a wonderful time getting to know each…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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,…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading

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…

Continue Reading