From an email sent January 20th, 2013…
Mary: Cate, you may not have been serious, but I’m kind of into this climbing blog idea.
Cate: Oh girl – I am SO serious. And now I’m extra surrious because our husbands apparently have a bet that this will not happen, ergo, it WILL happen.
It was exactly one year ago this week, during a climbing trip to Puerto Rico, that Crux Crush was created. Over one too many pina coladas, the site started taking shape: “Where is all the news about female climbers and sends?” wailed Cate. “I would love to find a pair of cute yet practical climbing pants!” expressed Missy, who had just done her first lead climb and was officially hooked. “Where do I go to for female specific training tips?” questioned Mary, chomping at the bit to send her first 5.12. And so Crux Crush was born…well, not quite yet – first we had to come up with a name… So, over a few more pina coladas we started brainstorming names for the site. Although we finally agreed upon Crux Crush, we didn’t anticipate the pronunciation challenges it would bring. For some, the inability to say the name in the correct order (“Crush Crux?”) and for others an unintelligible tongue twister (“Cru$#^$*&@#x”). And while we may have picked a tricky one, here’s a few of the contenders that didn’t make the cut:
Lady Crush – turned out to be a sexual fetish…just google it.
The Lux Crux – possibly more of a tongue twister than Crux Crush.
The V Grade – too Vagina Monologue-esque?
Climbing Booty – also sounds like porn for climbers
It’s been a big year all around for us here at Crux Crush. Mary, just a couple of years into climbing, sent her first 5.12 (Social Distortion at Rumney)! Missy battled through a serious bouldering ankle injury that stuck her in a boot for 2 months – yet managed to stay positive and more committed than ever to getting back after it climbing. And Cate, climbing at 39 weeks pregnant, finally had her baby boy just last week!
Our site’s mission is to cover all things climbing, from a female perspective while connecting the female climbing community (we’re also stoked to connect the climbing community, regardless of gender). We are psyched to be celebrating our first anniversary and can’t wait to see what the second year brings! Crux Crush would not be possible without the support, feedback, and constant cheerleading of our followers, sponsors, and partners. Thank you to our local Boston gyms who have all supported us: MetroRock, Brooklyn Boulders, and Central Rock Gym. Thank you to partners like Practical Climbing, Ibex, Organic, Ramuta’s Resoles, and Fresh Feet. A big thank you to Mountain Mama who allowed Cate to keep climbing through her pregnancy. Thanks to all of our fellow climbing sites who inspire us and support the climbing community like Climbing Narc, Up That Rock, Dirtbag Darling, and Climb On, Sister! Thanks to everyone who has contributed posts for our site and to Jen Randall of Light Shed Pictures. Thanks to all the pros who took time to let us interview them, and thank you to YOU for reading our site!
CXC 4 Life! Climb on! ~Cate, Mary, & Missy
Photo Credits: Crux Crush’s Instagram. From top left to bottom right: Mary in Puerto Rico, First official CXC meeting, Missy getting serious about training, Mary working her first 5.12, Ladies night training session, Cate’s first trad climb, We get front page of our local paper, Missy learns to lead, Cate preggers & Missy injured but still crushing!