Don’t Fall for Easy

I’d been working on a boulder problem at my new gym, but kept getting frustrated. I could do the first move, but then was completely stuck. Literally. I couldn’t seem to move anywhere from there. It didn’t make sense. Nothing felt possible. So I got frustrated and walked away. A few days later, I had…

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Making It Look Easy

“That looked so smooth.” “You said there was a hard part, but none of that looked hard for you.” “You had that dialed.” These are often the kind of comments I get whenever I send a project. Which is funny, because, to me, it doesn’t seem true. Maybe my movement flowed now, but, first of…

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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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