Does It Matter?

“The great thing about climbing is that it’s just a piece of rock. The only thing that makes you feel different is what you bring to it. It acts as a mirror that way, it reflects you. You fall and you’re like, ‘Ugh I suck!’ but you’re the one bringing that negativity to it. It’s…

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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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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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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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Climb Like a Girl

“Come on, you can do it! You got this!” The chorus of encouragement came from a group of awesome women sitting on the bouldering mats at BKB Somerville. Their shouts pushed me to make the move that I might have bailed on, saying “I can’t,” if I had been bouldering by myself. It’s always an…

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