The Climbing Accident That Almost Killed Me

We are talking about Sara Giller and the climbing accident that almost killed her. We hope that you find her words and advice as inspiring as we did. I feel stupid. I feel stupid in a way that I can’t recover from. I was an English major at Columbia University, I got A’s – not always, but there were a few – and now it’s difficult for me to even write my thoughts down. It wasn’t always …

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Interview With Robyn And Brooke Raboutou: Coach & Climber, Mother & Daughter

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we had the honor to interview with Robyn and Brooke Raboutou. Talking with the Raboutou duo it is obvious that mother and daughter share a mutual love, respect, and admiration for one another. As the founder, owner, and director of ABC Climbing, (of which Brooke is a member), Robyn has a unique relationship with her daughter. Their relationship is also evidence that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. While today Robyn is focused …

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Rock Roots Hannah Shea

Rock Roots Hannah Shea: In today’s edition of “Rock Roots“ Lily He brings us an interview with climber, cadet, and college student, Hannah Shea. We’re inspired by her love of climbing and incredibly grateful for her commitment to the good ol’ US of A. Here’s her story: Hannah Shea was nominated (hint hint!) by her professor, Kevin Tatsugawa, who has seen her “grow and mature both as a climber and a person since I first …

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How To Deal With Your Gnarly Hands

Let’s find out how to deal with your gnarly hands. Don’t even get a climber started on hand care.  We climbers are a pretty obsessive bunch when it comes to certain details – shoes, shoe sizing, skin care, humidity, rock types, ropes, gear, grades, beta, etc.  We each have opinions on all of it, and some of us love to share these opinions, loudly.  In the past, we did a post on foot care, and …

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Interview With A #Climbing Narcissist

Haven’t heard his name before? Try his internet persona: The Climbing Narcissist. If you were obsessed with climbing in 1994, you wouldn’t have had at-the-crag access to DPM’s archive of beta videos on your smartphone. You’d have had to wait 3-4 months after the fact until Rock and Ice hit the shelves of the local gym to find out that Sasha sent a 5.14d on American soil. Climbing was forcibly more personal, local, and sub-cultural. Brian Runnells …

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Making The Transition From Indoor To Outdoor Climber

Making the transition from indoor to outdoor climber: These days, almost all of us, myself included, learn to climb in a gym. Sure, there are those lucky few who have a quirky alpinist uncle or purist friend who insists they only climb outside, but let’s be real here, gyms are convenient and fun, and they’re popping up everywhere. Then, at some point we overhear our fellow gym rats talking about their weekend climbing plans or …

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Climber Problems: Shoulder Injury & Recovery

Climber problems shoulder injury: Today our friend and favorite physical therapist Kristen DeStefano is back! Last time she gave us a lesson on the A2 pulley strain and now she’s filling us with knowledge on shoulder injuries. The shoulder is a complicated place, so get comfy and prepare to be schooled. We ask a lot of our shoulders while climbing, so don’t forget to give a little back to them’. Climber Problems Shoulder Injury The …

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Chasing Goals Not Grades: Interview With Alex Puccio

Chasing goals, not grades: an exclusive interview with Alex Puccio. Eight-time American Boulder Series (ABS) National Champion, Alex Puccio, is undoubtedly the strongest female competition boulderer in the US. In talking with her we learned that becoming the best took clear goals, a strong sense of competition, and a surprisingly laid-back attitude about climbing. We had the pleasure of chatting with Alex on a pretty average day; she had just come back from a practice …

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Rock Roots: Isabelle Blankmeyer And Kristen Runci

Let’s have another exclusive interview with Isabelle Blankmeyer And Kristen Runci. It’s time for a new story of the everyday climber, brought to us by Lily He in her series Rock Roots. This month we’ve got a two-for-one deal for you with a joint interview with climbing buds Isabelle Blankmeyer and Kristen Runci. Here’s more from Lily: Journey Of Friendship, Isabelle Blankmeyer And Kristen Runci Isabelle and Kristen have been friends since they met climbing …

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Way More Than Ice Climbing: Chicks With Picks

Way More Than Ice Climbing: Climbing in itself can be an intimidating sport to enter, so attempting to enter a sport that combines climbing AND an ice ax seems even more daunting. Chicks with Picks tears down those perceived barriers by providing access, instruction, and support to enter the ice climbing world, from a bad-ass group of women. Today, Annie Hughes shares her Chicks with Picks story, and the inspiring women who taught her so much more than …

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