Nutrition For Climbers: 10 Tips For A Stronger Body

10 tips for a stronger body: Recently I had the pleasure of getting to spend a morning with Lisa Caldwell, nutritionist, chef, and climber (who you may remember from her post Nutrition for Climbers: Basics of Food). We spent some time climbing, split a snack, and then got down to talking all about food, one of her favorite subjects. I talked to Lisa about some of my concerns and also some of my not-so-great habits …

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Ice, Ice Baby: Beginner Ice Climbing Tips

Beginner ice climbing tips; Hopefully, Beth convinced you that ice climbing is rad and you should definitely give it a try. If not, re-read her article, then picture yourself clutching ice axes with Wolverine-like claws coming out of your boots, and tell me that lovely image doesn’t make you smile just a bit… Today Beth and Crux Crush share 6 tips to keep in mind for your first time out climbing ice. (As always, don’t …

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Keeping It All In Perspective: Interview With Angie Payne

Interview With Angie Payne: We’ve had a crush on Angie Payne ever since we watched her graceful power at The 2012 Dark Horse Comp. A climbing force inside and out, Angie has claimed the FFA of 30 boulder problems V9 and harder, not to mention being the first woman in the world to climb V13. Recently at The Heist, we had the opportunity to briefly interview her and were struck by her down-to-earth, thoughtful responses. Payne talked about the inspiration …

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How To Deal When You Are On The Injured List

How To Deal When You Are On The Injured List: The worst part about being injured is not the pain, but the mental game.  I have been at times overwhelming, in tears, thinking about the setbacks, how long it will take me to get back to where I was, and how much I just plain miss climbing, and the climbing community.  I was just starting to get super psyched on bouldering outside. That was new …

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Nutrition For Climbers: Basics Of Food

Nutrition For Climbers: Basics Of Food: Here at Crux Crush, we just love food. A big part of our weekly Ladies Night is that we cook for one another and enjoy a meal together after a night of climbing hard. But, with all the information that is available out there about what to eat, it can get really confusing (to eat gluten or not to eat gluten, etc, etc). On top of that, training for …

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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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Climber Problems: The A2 Pulley Strain

Today we’re tackling one of the most common climbing injuries: climber problems: the a2 pulley strain or tear. To school us on the topic we’ve recruited our friend and ladies climbing night regular Kristen DeStefano, who happens to be a super knowledgeable physical therapist and badass climber to boot. Read on for how to protect those hard-working and under-appreciated A2 pulleys. Check out our exclusive interview with two friends, here!!! The hand is easily the …

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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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