Tzzzaatttt!

I don’t always wear my aggressive shoes, but when I do I make lots of very interesting noises.

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Fragrant

Whenever I take new people to the gym they always ask me what that smell is. IT’S THE SMELL OF JOY, PEOPLE. LIVE WITH IT.

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Abandoned

When you travel, it’s important to make sure those you are responsible for are taken care of.

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(TBH, I’m way more worried about how I’m going to survive without climbing for a couple weeks…)

Not A Real Climber

As a plastic-pulling gym rat in Southeast Michigan who only relatively recently started leading and only rarely ventures outdoors on to real rock, I’ve often felt like I’m not a “real” climber. But you know what? I totally am, and so are you.

Warning Signs

There are certain climbers who are my canaries in a coalmine. If I see them fall on a route, I immediately pretend it doesn’t exist.

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The Crux

My project is getting taking down this week. Fortunately, routesetter Bronson was on hand to document one of my attempts last week, the results of which I reproduce here:

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Clip It Real Good

I’m off to a citizens comp at my friendly semi-local climbing gym this afternoon! Wish me luck. My goals are to finish in the top-half of the women’s intermediate division and to beat my previous best time on the speed wall (36 seconds).

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Green-Eyed Monster

One of the things I love most about the climbing community is how supportive and encouraging everyone is. On the outside, anyways…

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Focus

I don’t project routes as often as I should, but when I do, I invariably spend much more time telling people how my project is going than I do actually projecting.

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Evolving Shoe Preferences

I currently have five pairs of climbing shoes (all of them Tenayas) and yet I do 95% of my climbing in what are ostensibly my warm-up pair.