About Us


Crux Crush was founded in 2013 by three women who are psyched on climbing and has grown to include an entire community of climbers and regular contributors. We hope our site connects more people to climbing and all that we love about the sport, from the physical to emotional to cultural and everything in between. This is our space to share our crush on climbing with you. To find out more read on, click through contributor photos to their posts, and connect with us on social media.


Founding Members & Editors

• MARY evolv-metolius1A friend introduced me to climbing in 2011 and I was quickly addicted to tying in, chalky hands, and the success (and bitter defeat) that comes with climbing. I was a competitive gymnast growing up, but as an adult I never found a sport that stuck. Enter climbing. It snuck up on me and filled a need I didn’t know was there. Aside from the physical effects of visible abs and party-trick pull ups, I love climbing for constantly testing my limits and bringing me to beautiful places.

DSC_0065• CATE • I am that girl who got into climbing because of her boyfriend. It wasn’t until I started climbing with women that I truly fell in love with the sport. The women who inspired me to take climbing more seriously changed my perspective on my own potential as a climber and what it meant to truly try hard. More than that they became my community. My hope is that Crux Crush continues to be a vehicle for connecting and inspiring the climbing community.

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• MISSY • No one thought I would take to climbing. I’m a total city girl. I’ve never played sports, and before climbing I never really stuck with any exercise consistently. Now I’ve been climbing over 5 years and it’s still a regular part of my life. While climbing has taken a variety of forms in my life, it’s fair to say at this point I’m the gym rat of the group! For me, climbing has always been about getting a challenging full body workout, an amazing mental workout, and above all having fun!

DSC_0627 • EMILY • Climbing is my work-life balance, and I couldn’t live without the breath of fresh air that trips to the crag bring. My overly practical, slightly obsessive type-A personality shows in my approach to climbing. I’m known for trying to convince just about anyone to give climbing a shot! Crux Crush has given me the opportunity to think critically and be a student of the crag – to learn more about gear, training, and all that the climbing community has to offer.


Regular Contributors

bio pic 2-• HILARY • I’ve been climbing since I was 14 when I saw a fake wall set up in a mall. Initially I only climbed indoors but when I moved to New Hampshire for college I came to meet some amazing people who started taking me outside. I am always looking for ways to improve my climbing both mentally and physically. My goal is not to be a strong female climber but instead to be a strong climber who happens to be female!

Screen Shot 2015-04-03 at 7.08.09 PM• JOCELYN • I started climbing in 2013, and from the get go I dove head first in to all things climbing. My background is in gymnastics and competitive dance, and I’m a yoga nerd to date. It’s the marriage of physical movement and mindfulness that inspires and motivates me. The ladies of CXC were my first climbing crushes—they climb hard, celebrate female empowerment and have a good ole’ time along the way.

caro• CARO • While some climbers write history, I am a historian who writes about climbing. After my first climbing trip five years ago, I got hooked and decided to explore the history of the international climbing community in my PhD dissertation. Now you can find me messing on rock, snow, and ice in New England and the Alps, in the Caucasus and Canada, or wherever else I need to do “research.”

jess• JESS • The first time I climbed I was so scared of heights I had to be pulled off the bouldering wall! Nevertheless, I fell in love with the physical demands and supportive community. CXC and my enthusiastic husband motivate me to see climbing as an opportunity to push the limits of my physical and mental strength. Currently, I’m a physiology postdoc in Baltimore using my vacation to travel the world and climb!

drew• DREW • I’m a senior environmental studies major in Minnesota (where, unbelievably, there is some climbing!). I started climbing in 2013 and was utterly enamored with the way it forced me to move and think. I’m psyched to contribute to CXC, since I think climbing is a fantastic sport and passion for women. I’m primarily a sport climber, but I also dabble in bouldering, trad, mountaineering and ice climbing.

Sarah• SARAH • I started rock climbing on the first day of college and was hooked instantly. Now, I’m midway through medical school and have worked hard to balance studying with climbing. I love both sport climbing and bouldering and enjoy climbing outdoors as well as competing indoors. I’ve always admired how CXC has kept the female climbing community psyched and now I’m honored to be a part of it. Happy reading!

Elaine• ELAINE • I am a Michigander at heart but have been living in the Southeast for 6 years. I was turned on to climbing in college and haven’t looked back since. You can find me frolicking in the woods amid the Southern sandstone, writing stories for CXC, RootsRated, and other outlets, or painting prints of my favorite outdoor destinations. Follow my adventures at @elainelliott & @creativecrag.

IMG_3293• CATHERINE • I first tried climbing at a rock gym in Virginia Beach, and I can’t get enough! I love bouldering, sport, and everything that goes along with it. Climbing has taught me so much more about myself and my capabilities than I ever dreamed it would, and I’m super excited about the opportunity to be involved with the awesome CXC community! Follow my southern climbing adventures on Instagram @catownes.

index• MEG • I am a world traveler, trained graphic designer, painter, rock climber, and passionate, community-oriented person. My life goal is to magically combine all of those things! Thanks to CXC, I get to write about my effort to do so, share adventures, and work with a rad group of women. You can find me climbing and wandering around the North West, playing in my studio, or on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ConnectWithMeg.

How to Support Crux Crush

1. Write a guest post! We’re always accepting stories and ideas from friends and climbers. Just shoot us an email at cruxcrush(at)gmail(dot)com with some info on you and your post idea(s).

2. Check out our SHOP and sport some Crux Crush gear at your local gym and crag.

3. Purchase or barter for ad space on our site. Please email us for details.

4. Let us review your goods. Contact us if you have outdoor or climbing gear that you’re interested in having us review. We are psyched to build partnerships with other groups and companies who love all things climbing!

Media Coverage

Climb Time Podcast – Featuring Crux Crush

CogniTea Stories – “What 3 Kick Ass Climbers Can Teach You About Building a Community”

Louder Than 11 – 2014 Iron Maiden Highlights Video

The Boston Metro – “Rock Climbing Women Call for a Community of Female Climbers”

GrindTV.com – “Do rock climbers need to wear more clothes?” 

Reych, Zofia (2013). Climbing Women and Niche Media: Beyond alternative femininities. MA Thesis at The University of London.

Thank you for your support!!
– Team CXC

59 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Karly Osborne says:

    You ladies are rad! This is such a good idea!

  2. Caitlin says:

    Keith just showed me the site; so glad this is happening! Wish I was there for ladies’ night!

  3. Haddy says:

    This site is HAWT! Congrats, ladies 🙂

  4. Jess O says:

    Love you ladies! Congrats the site is amazing! Just the motivation boost I needed!

    • missy says:

      Thanks Jess! We all need a little extra motivation boost at times (I know I do), so I’m glad we could do that for you! Thanks for checking us out 🙂

  5. Annie says:

    positive, strong inspiration! you guys rock (literally, and i’m sure you’ll keep hearing that again and again) rad site

  6. Biljana says:

    Ladies, thanks for the inspiration! This was a great idea! I only wish we still lived close enough to crush it together 🙂

  7. Cam says:

    This is such a great idea – I am loving your site!! Especially the fashion posts. Who knew LuLu had such great climbing gear?

  8. Vali says:

    Such a great site! You girls are an inspiration and a challenge to women to go for it. Can’t wait to see what you post next!

  9. sharynni says:

    This is so inspiring! Where are you girls based out of and where do you normally climb?

    • missy says:

      Thanks! Glad you like the site! We are Boston-based, and we usually climb in New Hampshire, at Rumney, and sometimes other places around New England. We also have traveled to climb (Spain, The Red, Greece, Puerto Rico) and hopefully will do more of that in the years to come! Thanks again for having a look around 🙂

  10. Love this blog, found it through the young guns article you guys shared a link from my blog. I will be following your blog!

  11. are you all Wisconsin climbers originally? Or is it just Cate? Where in wisconsin? glad to see others from home bringing light to a great sport.

  12. Awesome blog, ladies! Let me know if you’d be interested in providing climber profiles for http://www.climbonsister.com for the Sending Sisters section. Email me at climbonsister@gmail.com
    – Jeline

  13. lucas johnson says:

    nice site ladies! my twin sister is named missy 🙂

    also, i read your question about running on MP.

    ck out the enormocast, if you haven’t.


    in this interview, jonathan siegrist’s advice to climbers is (paraphrased) if you can pull the moves, but you can’t send the route — RUN (or do some other aerobic workouts).

    i was having that problem and started running two weeks ago.

    i’m already seeing results 🙂

  14. sharynni says:

    Hi girls! I love your blog and as a token of my appreciation I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. You girls are awesome! If you accept it you can follow the guidelines here: http://thedavinciapprentice.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/the-liebster-award/ Hope you have a great day!

    • Cate says:

      Wow – this is such an extreme honor. We’ve been over the moon by the support and response from the climbing community. We’ll be in touch regarding the Liebster Award. THANK YOU and climb on!

  15. MissedFlight says:

    Wow. Love!
    I learned to climb a couple of years ago, on my own, out of sheer desperation to find a sport I could do in the desert. I had no idea that Las Vegas area was a mecca of fantastic indoor and outdoor climbing. I fell in love instantly, though you are right, it can be intimidating to get started. Luckily, I see almost as many women climbing in Vegas as men. Recently I tried out Brooklyn Boulders in NY as I am about to move to the city. So excited to find indoor bouldering problems in nearly every city I travel these days.
    And now – I am super happy to have found your blog through a post on Brooklyn Boulders!

    • Mary says:

      So glad you’re liking our site! Brooklyn Boulders just opened another gym right outside of Boston and we are psyched to have them in the neighborhood. Good luck with the move and climb on!

  16. bieber4lyfe!!!!! says:

    i LUV the new look of the site!!!!

  17. Blair White says:

    I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to do this. I am fairly new to climbing and have fallen completely and totally in love. I’ve just gotten back from climbing in Yosemite (first multi-pitch and first trad lead!) and even though I have only been climbing 3 months, I feel more like a real climber then ever. I love that you three bring your experiences in the sport to a place where we can all learn and share in them. Again, thank you and climb on!!

  18. Sheela says:

    Wow, I am empowered by women like you…all three of you! Climbing is something I have yet to try. Thank you for liking my poem/praise on Mind’s Seat by the way. 🙂

  19. Helena Dahlgren says:

    Greetings from Girls Get Higher – a network for female climbers in Sweden. (There is a GGH network in Norway too, and in Denmark a network called Dolls on Walls). We love climbing too – and if any of you make it to Sweden, check out our Facebok page; we enjoy meeting more climbing friends!

  20. Hi!

    Thanks for hosting Hilary’s article. She is an amazing climber and as sweet as they get. I have had the pleasure of climbing with her and when we first met she gave me a belay on a project that I had been working. I sent it. I hadn’t told her it was a project until after. The look on her face was the best part, she was truly so happy for me and I have done nothing but pay that forward ever since.

    I am also writing because I am a Chef / Nutritionist and I have just started working with climbers. I recently held a clinic focusing on “What to eat for Climbing” at The Heist, the first all woman’s comp, set by women and planned by women. It was incredible, 158 women ranging from 5 to 50 came to climb.

    If you are ever focusing on all things related to food, nutrition and climbing I would love to contribute in any way.

    Love the site, keep going!!

    Lisa Caldwell

  21. Erika says:

    Wow, just stumbled on this site and am so psyched!
    Such inspiring stories and awesome tips!

    I was wondering if you still host Ladies climbing nights? and do you ever put together short climbing trips?
    I visit the Boston/New England area from time to time to see my family but never climb because I don’t have anyone to climb with. Would love to meet other female climbers in the Boston area and potentially go climbing the next time I visit!

    Thanks for putting this site together, Ladies!
    Look forward to reading more!

    • Missy says:

      Hey Erika! Thanks for reading! As a matter of fact, we are co-hosting a Ladies Night event at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville on 01/21/14 from 7-10pm. BKBS does a Ladies Night every third Tuesday, and usually we co-host! Look for more info on the site/Facebook this week. -Climb on! Missy

  22. Paige says:

    I went climbing for the first time last month and am totally hooked (female, 21). And while I’m crazy intimidated by the rockstars at my local climbing gym, I’m so stoked to keep going with this insane sport. Your blog gives me hope and inspiration to keep going, get better and be as badass as y’all are!

  23. Terran Hilden says:

    As a newer climber I am always striving to hard to get better and keep up with all the guys I am climbing with I forget what climbing really means to me. Thank you for reminding me that I climb because I love it! You guys are amazing role models.

  24. Meghan says:

    So happy to have found you ladies. I’m a very new climber in Boston and have been trying out BKB. Hopefully they’ll keep up the ladies nights so I can make it to one. I’d love it if your site did a little piece on transitioning from gym to outdoor…it’s a really intimidating move for a newbie!

  25. Meghan says:

    Wow, thanks Mary! You’re a mind reader 🙂
    I’ll be at ladies night next month and will definitely try to find you guys.

  26. Tracy Davis says:

    Great stuff!

  27. Jess W says:

    I am TOTALLY late on this, but I just discovered your Blog about a week ago and I cannot get enough! What a great thing you guys have going here, and just another way for me to fuel my “new” obsession! If you guys ever come visit STL and want to check out Climb SoiLL let me know and I’ll show you around! 🙂

  28. Midge says:

    hi ladies! first i just wanted to say that i love your website! i’ve been climbing for just a little bit, but i absolutely love it, so i was so happy to find this website with all of its resources geared specifically towards women.
    i was curious if y’all ever have any plans of doing an article about using climbing to help cope with depression/anxiety? i have chronic depression, and one of the things that almost always helps me is climbing. i wondered if there were other women who felt the same or had some other experiences with this. just thought it would be an interesting topic.
    keep up the good work!

  29. Leah says:


    Just wanted to drop a quick line- I have been following you lovely ladies on Instagram, and love the pictures.
    I work at at small, local rock climbing gym nestled in the Adirondacks of New York. Every year, we host a rock climbing competition called Spring Thaw. It’s right around the corner on March 14th!
    I’ve been actively searching for some sponsors to send us a few smaller prizes for gift bags and give-aways, and have had some luck. I was curious if you ladies wanted to possibly donate anything (maybe a chalk bag?) to the mix, as some of the female climbers here have been talking a bit about cruxcrush lately!

    If not, no worries, and ya’ll should think about coming to try out this gym sometimes! We are small, but have a strong community of climbers here!

    Climb on!

    Leah Cantor

    • Mary says:

      Hey Leah!
      Sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner, and now the comp is in just a few days.
      Shoot us an email – cruxcrush(at)gmail(dot)com – the next time you’re looking for sponsors and hopefully we can figure something out.
      Hope the comp is great!
      Climb on!

  30. Liah says:

    Hey! I have to say, I love your blog! I’m a fairly new climber – been bouldering is Charleston, SC for a little over a year, and I really appreciate your info on gear, training, keeping your head in the game, and all of the other badass ladies in this sport.

    I was just reading your Power Endurance training article, and I thought it would be helpful for you to add a Pinterest button to the blog. I wanted to Pin it so I can find it easily next time I’m at the gym. Just an idea 🙂

    Love you guys!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Liah!
      Thanks so much for the kind words and feedback.
      If you hover over the “More” button you will find Pinterest. Sorry it’s a little hard to find.
      Thanks for sharing!

  31. Dayna says:

    Hi, ladies!

    It is serendipitous that I finally found your site today! I could gush and tell my story, but, instead, I just want to say THANK YOU for building this lovely place. I’m crushing on you pretty hard.


  32. Dayna says:

    I’m trying to find the store … am I missing it somehow?

  33. Elissa says:


    First off, I just want to share how much i love this website! I have been climbing for four years and have mostly been surrounded by strong dudes and its so refreshing and inspiring to read about strong female climbers crushing it!

    So, speaking of strong lady crushers…I would really like to reach out and climb/ train with some of them! I currently live in Boston, but am fairly new to this city, so I am in dire need of some strong climber ladies!

    Please let me know if there are any members in boston or clubs that I can gey connected with.

    Big thanks!

  34. Kristan says:

    I just discovered Crux Crush and seriously LOVE it! Really enjoy seeing all things climbing from a women’s perspective 🙂 Thank you!

  35. Brian says:


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    Was wondering if you have a wellness plan or fitness routine that will enhance your climbing?

    If you are in need of one we offer the best in the industry.

  36. Anuj Agarwal says:

    Hi Crux Crush Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Crux Crush has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 50 Climbing Blogs on the web.


    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 50 Climbing Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.


  37. Kessler says:

    Say it ain’t so!

    Don’t know if anyone will actually get this. Just wanted to say thank you so much for all the stuff you guys (well, gals) put up over the last several years.

    When I started climbing in 2013, Crux Crush was one of the first sites I started following and going to for information. You’re the first link on my “Climbing News” tab, and I’m going to miss the excitement from seeing a new article up.

    But I surely understand the busy lifestyle (even took me a month to catch up on news and see you’re shutting down) and knowing when it’s time to move on from something. I wish you all continued happiness and success in your climbing and said busy endeavors!

    – A (male) Iowan Crux Crusher

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