Category: Climbing

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    Preparations, Failure, and Fun

    I get immense satisfaction from climbing alpine routes, more than any other single activity. There is nothing quite like a waking up before dawn in the bitter cold, forcing down some coffee and a snack before heading upwards, spending the day putting out immense amounts of energy hiking my way up to the base of…

  • Erica Lineberry - Running: From a Climber’s Perspective
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    Running: From a Climber’s Perspective

    Just like not everyone who climbs is a “climber,” not everyone who runs is a “runner,” and I’ll be the first to admit that I’m the former, not the latter! And while most people probably can guess that rock climbing is great exercise, it’s not all-inclusive, so for me, running has always played a smaller,…

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    Two Questions

    During my phone interview to be an Athleta sponsored athlete this year, I was asked two questions that I wish I could answer again, more coherently. I’m perpetually a mess on the phone, and am much more comfortable one-on-one, in person. So I’d like to take advantage of my first blog post for Athleta to…

  • Erica Lineberry - Finishing a Goal
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    Finishing a Goal

    Twelve 5.12’s for 2012! As this year draws to a close, I am excited to share that I wrapped up a year-long goal of mine just a few weeks ago! At the tail end of 2011, I managed to send my very first route at the 5.12 difficulty grade. (Non-climber translation: a “send” means leading…

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    Power of Heart

    For those of you readers that are on the other side of 30, you may remember a TV show called Captain Planet. The heroes of this kid’s series were five environmental good guys, known as “Planeteers,” each possessing a magic ring that controlled an element of nature (earth, wind, water, fire) that they would use in…

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    A Life Exposed

    Exposure is a commonly used term in rock climbing that might not be familiar to those outside of the sport. I found an online dictionary that defined it as “being in a situation in which you are very aware that you are high off the ground.” In other words, standing on a large summit that…

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    The Art of Projecting

    For those non-climbers out there, the term “projecting” is used to describe the process that one goes through to successfully redpoint a route near or at their limit.  A route is considered “sent” (aka redpointed) when the climber is able to lead the route from bottom to top (bringing the rope up with them and…

  • Stop and Look - by Erica Lineberry
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    Stop and Look

    “Don’t forget to look out!” I’m a little better about it now, but when I first started climbing outdoors, I was notorious for climbing to the top of a route, getting lowered down, and then proceed to hear every person that climbed after me rave about the spectacular view they had when they turned around…

  • Climbing 101 – New Adventures for a New Year

    When people find out that I’m a rock climber, the usual reaction is something to the effect of – “Wow, I could never do that!” My response is almost always “What’s stopping you?!?” So many times we as women refuse to undertake new adventures because of fear – fear of the unknown, of failure, or…

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