Happy 1st Birthday Crux Crush!

cxc anniversary montage

A year of firsts!

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, IbexOrganic, 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 RockDirtbag 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!

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12 thoughts on “Happy 1st Birthday Crux Crush!

  1. AL says:

    Yay!! Congrats Crux Crush!! (Say that 5 times fast…) I’ve been reading since the beginning, and just wanted to say that I really love what you guys put out, especially the training tips and lady gear reviews. Pop some bubbly tonight! 🙂

  2. Happy 1st Birthday, Crux Crush! I’m so glad you ladies decided to start a blog! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and am excited for the year ahead!

  3. V10_PrInCeSs says:

    It’s only been a year?! I feel like I’ve known you girls 4 ever! Keeep it going.

  4. Narc says:

    Congrats! Here’s to many more years!

  5. Ditto what the Narc said, you ladies have been doing a great job!

  6. Charllotte says:

    Happy birthday!! I absolutely love this blog and its served to be a huge inspiration for me to CRUSH harder than ever!

  7. Trish says:

    Happy birthday Crux Crush!! Love all your posts and I’m so glad you put this space together. Here’s to many more years of crushing! 🙂

  8. Cate says:

    Thanks everyone for all the birthday wishes! We are so grateful for all your support! Here’s to another great year! Climb on!

  9. Lain_Leads says:

    Congratz! You’re blog has been such an inspiration 🙂 Keep up the good work!!

  10. Annie says:

    Congrats on the big one year, and many more to come. You guys have shone the spotlight on women’s climbing through your inspiring and thoughtful blog. Thank you for being leaders in all respects.

  11. Thank YOU for being so REAL and inspiring, and for telling it how it is! I love following your growth and progress as you’ve become one of the front runners of the climbin-blogging world. Best of luck and keep telling me to ditch my booty shorts…maybe one day I’ll listen 😉

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