Tag: Climbing

  • ALERT ALERT: CAN OFFICIALLY CONFIRM THAT SLOTHS ARE MASTER CLIMBERS

    ALERT ALERT: CAN OFFICIALLY CONFIRM THAT SLOTHS ARE MASTER CLIMBERS

    Sloths. Perezosos. Lazy One. Sloths get kind of a bad rep about being slow. But, I know one member of the Ramrod Team that emulates sloths in her climbing technique. It is true that climbing slowly is harder than climbing quickly, but (depending on the climbing circles of which you are a part) climbing quickly […]

  • Return to Moab Part 1: One Good Day, and One Bad Day

    Return to Moab Part 1: One Good Day, and One Bad Day

    It’s been over a year since I was in the desert. I’ve been asking myself to get back there ever since I left. Auspicious things seems to happen in the desert. Last time I was there, I experienced the extreme paradoxes that life has to offer: the feeling at once of being exactly where and […]

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    A Quick Review. As I turned my steering wheel to pull the U-turn required to get into a parking spot, my front wheels suddenly lurched forward and there was a loud crunch as the front of my Honda Fit bottomed out on the lip of the ditch on the side of the road. I had failed to […]

  • Climbing and Community

    Climbing and Community

    Last week, my fellow dirt bagging buddy, Neal, texted me to tell me he was coming through the area. I had not seen him in at least nine months, and with one fell swoop, he reminded me of all the amazing and wonderful (and hard and scary and crappy) things I felt during my time […]

  • Making the Habit

    Making the Habit

    Lately I’ve been climbing with a lot of people who are new to the sport or just haven’t been practicing as much as I have. This is a change from my usual set of crusher friends who sometimes tell me, “If you’re not falling, you’re not climbing hard enough.” I’m not currently feeling the need […]

  • Fireworks and Flatirons

    Fireworks and Flatirons

    Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, I found myself free climbing the First Flatironette above Chautauqua Park in Boulder, following the voices of my comrades, eking out the rock cracks with my fingers in the fading light of dusk. The adventure had started with a mad dash from the BBQ at the house, pushing out bikes as […]

  • “A Person Wrote a Thing About Me! (Kind of)”

    “A Person Wrote a Thing About Me! (Kind of)”

    Author of Blog Mentioned in Mountain Project Journal Article About a month ago I was riding my bike home along the Goose Creek path in Boulder, pondering the little split I was starting to see along the soles of my climbing shoes when I looked up and saw the sign for “Rock and Resole” right […]

  • BREAKING NEWS: WOMAN SPENDS AFTERNOON OUTSIDE AND FEELS BETTER ABOUT LIFE

    BREAKING NEWS: WOMAN SPENDS AFTERNOON OUTSIDE AND FEELS BETTER ABOUT LIFE

    This past Wednesday, after only two and a half days in the office, Molly McCahan of Boulder, CO was feeling pretty down about life. “I just couldn’t get up the energy or enthusiasm for anything,” she says. “Maybe it was all the sleep I lost over the weekend thanks to Frozen Dead Guy Days overlapping […]

  • Learning to Fall (and Other Cliched Crap)

    Learning to Fall (and Other Cliched Crap)

    The sunlight dappled through the beech trees as I twisted my foot back and forth on the rock ledge, inching my toes slowly to the right, closer to the chained anchors at the top of the climb. The humidity of June was heavy that day at Rumney Rocks, and my already sweaty hands struggled to […]

  • I Might Be Starting to Understand This Whole “Skiing” Thing

    I Might Be Starting to Understand This Whole “Skiing” Thing

    Around this time last year, I was in Bozeman, MT, and a friend of mine invited me to go skiing with him. Most normally functioning people who grew up skiing in NH would probably have jumped at the opportunity to have a sweet ski day with a buddy, but my reaction was simply horror. I […]

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