ERICA LINEBERRY is a rock climbing mama from Charlotte, North Carolina who wants to write, inspire, and play outside. A free-spirited lover of adventure for as long as she can remember, Erica first tied into a rope back in 2006 and has been chasing natural highs on a mountaintop ever since. What Erica loves most about climbing is the feeling of accomplishment that comes from achieving personal goals on the rock, as well as the deep satisfaction and amazing memories that come from exploring creation with her family.
During her pregnancy in 2009, Erica and her husband Steve realized that they had entered a stage in life where many give up on adventure, dutifully exchanging their climbing, hiking, camping, and biking gear for a mountain of diapers, burp cloths, high chairs, and baby monitors. Erica knew starting a family was a whole different kind of adventure, but she maintained both and climbed hard throughout her entire pregnancy (toproping only) and was back on the rock with her little “Cragbaby” in tow at only six weeks post-partum. With obesity rates rising and terms like “nature deficit disorder” being tossed around, Erica realized that she might be in a position to make a difference. So in 2011, shewas driven to combine her love for family, climbing, nature, and writing into one endeavor — Cragmama.com. Cragmama is an online resource dedicated to getting families outside, offering tips on everything from cold-weather camping with a toddler to the latest family-friendly gear reviews.
When she’s not on the rock or writing about it, odds are good you can find Erica outside. She loves waking up to birds chirping and sunlight filtering through a tent, as well as wandering around in the woods with a backpack in tow. She does her best brainstorming during afternoon trail runs, and sometimes pretends that she knows how to mountain bike and fly-fish, although Erica freely admits she’s probably not fooling anyone.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS & CREDENTIALS:
- Founder of Cragmama.com
- BS in Exercise/Sports Science
- Climbed at least one 5.11 clean during every week of pregnancy
- Traveled and climbed throughout North America
- Several bouldering first ascents in Grayson Highlands State Park, VA
- Writing contributor for numerous outdoor blogs and online magazines, including Climbing, Women’s Adventure, and Cruxn
- ACE Certified Personal Trainer (2001-2004)
- Nelson Bay Triathlon 2001, first in age group
- Solidify lead climbing skills at the 5.12 level
- Explore new climbing areas across the country as a family
- Publish a guidebook for Rock Climbing Areas in the Piedmont Area of North Carolina
- Encourage more families to redefine adventure as something for the whole family to enjoy
WEBSITE: Cragmama.com »