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Rock Roots: Nancy Lane

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Nancy Lane on Predator (5.13b) at her home crag in Rumney, NH

Every time I see that big maroon van in the Rumney parking lot, I know the fairy godmother of Rumney is here. The first time I met Nancy Lane, she floated up my project using completely different beta than I’d ever seen (…and I had spent a good bit of time waiting in line, trying to pick up new beta). I didn’t see her again until she whirled around my next project, making it look effortless by twirling her body into heel hooks, knee bars, and shoulder scums where I’d never seen them used before. Watching Nancy makes me want to get on rock immediately and try to achieve a fraction of the grace she’s just displayed.

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What To Do With Your Number Two: A Review of the Go Anywhere Toilet Kit

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Brace yourself. We’re totally going there. That’s right, today we’re tackling what to do when you’re out at the crag, miles from the nearest toilet, and just can’t hold it any longer. Though it might be easiest to dig hole, pop a squat, and cover the remains with some leaves, the waste you leave behind can have some nasty effects on local drinking water, wildlife, and your fellow climber’s approach shoes. For the official word on waste management we turned to the Access Fund’s article Poop: Waste Disposal Strategies for Climbers. They explain that the best game plan for keeping the local ecosystem happy is to always BAG IT. You heard me, put it in a bag and carry it out. At our local crag in Rumney, NH the Rumney Climbers Association used grant funds from the American Alpine Club to install several stations containing Go Anywhere Toilet Kits, aka “Wag Bags”, for climbers to go in and carry out. I’ll admit it, when I first saw them I giggled and thought to myself, “What am I a dog in a dog park?”, but upon further thought and actually trying out the kit, I’ve become a full-fledged bagger.

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