DON’T LOOK DOWN: Ice-Climbing 101

by Rachel Rudwall 3

You know how people always say, “Don’t run with scissors”? Well, how about: “Don’t try to climb 100 feet of mountain while holding ax”? Not a phrase you’ve heard? That’s because the people of Colorado would actually encourage you to do JUST THAT. The little town of Ouray, Colorado—affectionately ...

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Preparations, Failure, and Fun

by Ilona Barash 2

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 ...

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Running: From a Climber’s Perspective

by Erica Lineberry 2

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, ...

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Two Questions

by Ilona Barash 18

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 ...

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Finishing a Goal

by Erica Lineberry 1

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 ...

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Power of Heart

by Erica Lineberry 7

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 ...

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