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Women On Lead: Cara Dozier, Owner Of Virginia Beach Rock Gym

Women On Lead: Cara Dozier, Owner Of Virginia Beach Rock Gym; Climbing gyms are perhaps the most valuable tool that we climbers have to build strength, improve technique, and prepare us physically and mentally to get out and crush on real rock. Gyms are probably where most of us started, and where a lot of people will end up staying, as indoor climbing quickly becomes a sport of its own. So while we love spending …

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Exploring New Faces: Interview With Sasha Digiulian

em>Today we’re very excited to share an interview with the one-and-only Sasha DiGiulian. At just 23 years old Sasha already has a lifetime’s worth of climbing accomplishments under her harness, including the titles of the first American woman to climb 5.14d and 3-time National sport climbing champion. Here she shares her thoughts on big walls, climbing in the Olympics, her future in the sport, and lots more. Check out Vanlife tips from a girl in …

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Climber Body Image: Is There An Ideal Body Type For Climbing?

Today’s post continues our analysis of the 2,014 responses to our climber body image survey.  If you look around the climbing gym or the crag, of course, you’ll see some degree of variety in body type, but by and large, we can probably agree that what we are going to see are people who have less body fat and more muscle than the general population. So how does this affect a person when they spend …

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Climbing Out Of Depression

Climbing out of depression: I have struggled with depression and suicide since I was 12. Throughout high school I thought I had it all figured out; I covered it up with designer clothes and makeup trying to hide the sadness and despair I was feeling underneath. I went to a very conservative private school and did everything I could do to fit in. How To Do Climbing Out Of Depression, My Experience I tried to …

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The Cost Of Going Pro

The cost of going pro: Admit it, at some point in your climbing, you’ve fantasized about becoming a pro climber. You know, living that glamorous, celebrity, Hollywood climber life, rolling in the dough, just for climbing. This past spring, one of the most well-known professional American climbers, Alex Puccio, started a crowdsourcing website to raise money to travel to and participate in the Bouldering World Cup. What does it take to “go pro” in climbing? (Photo …

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Climbing In The Year 2030: Climbing Mentality

Part four Climbing In The Year 2030: Climbing Mentality. Over the last two weeks, climber and author John Burgman has looked into climbing’s crystal ball and predicted how the sport might change over the next 15 years. Today we go back to the future one last time and take a look at potential changes to the climbing mentality.  Climbing Mentality In a recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit, Lynn Hill was asked about the mental side …

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Climbing In The Year 2030: Gyms And Facilities

Today we’ve got part 2 of 4 of John Burgman’s series “Climbing in the Year 2030”. In part 1 he took a look at how training may evolve over the next 15 years and in today’s segment he chats with gym owners and training experts to predict what the future holds for climbing gyms and training facilities.  Are Climbing Gyms The New Urban Fitness Craze? While there are still those die-hards who view indoor climbing as somehow inferior …

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Climbing In The Year 2030: Training

Over the next two weeks, we will take a look into the future of climbing (climbing in the year 2030) in a 4 part series. The sport has changed tremendously since 2000. Guest contributor John Burgman, author of Why We Climb, talked with experts in the climbing field to explore how the sport might progress in the next 15 years. Take a moment and think back to your climbing life in the year 2000. Perhaps you weren’t …

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Culture And Climbing In Catalunya

Ever wanted to drop everything, find some work in Spain, and live out your climbing dreams? Guest author, Haley Ross, did just that, and today she’s giving us the inside scoop on living and climbing in Catalunya. Spain, and more specifically Catalunya, has gained world-renowned climbing status with its legendary crags like Siurana, Margalef, Oliana, and Montserrat. In recent years, the climbing community has grown dramatically, with professionals and novices alike moving here to take …

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