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Guide To Climbing Pregnant

Guide to climbing pregnant: Climbing has become such an integral part of my life that it is difficult to imagine life without it. It is my main form of exercise and stress relief, a measurement of progress, a vehicle for pushing through challenges, as well as the outlet through which I’ve made some of my closest friends and continue to test and strengthen my relationship with my husband (and belay partner). For me, the thought …

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Reel Rock 8 Film Review

This month Reel Rock kicked off its 8th annual international film tour. The tour is a compilation of some of the year’s best climbing-related films from production companies like Big Up and Sender Films, among others. Reel Rock 8 is a collection of four films: The Sensei featuring the legendary Yuji Hirayama and Daniel Woods, Spice Girl featuring British trad climber Hazel Findlay, Stone Masters, a teaser clip from the documentary Valley Uprising, and High Tension, capturing the violent clash between Ueli Steck and the Sherpas on Everest. Reel Rock …

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The Art Of Climbing Film: Interview With Filmmaker Jen Randall

About The Art Of Climbing Film & Interview With Filmmaker Jen Randall. We were impressed by the trailer for Jen Randall’s Push It (above) well before its full-length release and knew when we started Crux Crush that she was someone we needed to connect with. At her film and photography company Light Shed Pictures, Jen manages to make beautiful and thoughtful films without an ounce of pretension. Her editing, subject, and audio choices create a meaningful …

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Winning At Your Own Head Game

Winning at your own head game: I love the physical aspects of climbing – the burn after a quick, intense gym session or feeling completely spent after a long day at the crag. But for me, it’s the mental aspect that keeps me coming back. The “head game” adds a layer of complexity that I haven’t experienced with other sports and reveals much more about you than just your performance as a climber. Your head …

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The Making Of The Heist: How The Ladies Are Taking Over

Today we talk to the brains (and the beauty) behind The Heist, Brittany Marryott and Andrea Brennen.  If you haven’t heard, The Heist is going to be the first all female competition where all the elements, from the route setters, to the forerunners, to the DJ, and emcee, will be run by 100% women.  That’s right, the ladies are taking over Central Rock Gym, for a whole weekend of not only the bouldering comp, but female-oriented climbing …

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Ask Crux Crush

Today we start our new series, Ask Crux Crush, based on real questions from readers.  Send us your questions, we’ll find you an answer! Missy “practicing” some falls (onto Cate’s head, whoops) Find out the most wanted DIY guide, here!!! Ask Crux Crush: Fear Of Falling Dear Crux Crush, I am a Swedish girl that is able to keep up climbing with the guys (mostly because there are not too many girls to climb with).  …

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Interview With Pro Route Setter Molly Beard

Interview With Pro Route Setter Molly Beard: The gym’s route setting process often goes unnoticed, yet it is one of the most influential factors in competitions, indoor climbing, and gym culture. Earlier this summer, we talked with various female setters, which Missy coined “the unicorn of the climbing world” for their rarity. In today’s post, we aim to shed light on one of the “unicorns” behind this route-setting process. Molly Beard is arguably one of …

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Interview With Beth Rodden

Over the last few years, Beth Rodden, arguably one of the best climbers out there, male or female, disappeared from the pages of climbing magazines and blogs. During that time she battled a cycle of injury, surgery, and re-injury, as she attempted to make sense of the sport that debilitated, captivated, and catapulted her. In the last year, after sculpting, chipping, and remolding herself, Beth has emerged as a different kind of climber. Beth Rodden on the …

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