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Girl Crush of the Month: Maureen Beck

Vedauwoo, Wyoming. Photo by Timpson Smith.

This month, we’re crushing on Maureen Beck, a self-proclaimed evangelist of adaptive climbing with an infectious and insatiable drive to push hard, whether training for the competition scene or finding the perfect crack to fit her stump into. It’s worth mentioning that she was born without a hand, though this hasn’t stopped her from excelling in a sport that has historically depended on having most limbs intact. Plus, she hails from our neck of the woods, born in Maine and raised on the best climbs that New Hampshire and the Adirondacks have to offer. What’s not to love?

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Girl Crush of the Month: Alessia Refolo

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Alessia enjoying some climbing outside. Photo by Franco Marino.

Inspired by yesterday’s Adaptive Climbing Competition, our girl crush this month is 2014 Paraclimbing World Champion in the B2 (blind) category, Alessia Refolo. As a baby Alessia survived a rare form of cancer, but the medication needed to cure her irreversibly damaged her retina and optic nerve. Although blind from the age of one and a half, Alessia considers herself lucky and blessed to even be alive. Now at the age of 24, she is taking the world by storm by earning paraclimbing championship titles, representing E9 clothing, and being featured in Vanity Fair Italia.

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