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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Destinations, Featured, Personal Stories | 3 comments

An American Climber in France

An American Climber in France

By: Jessica Barilone After a nearly six year hiatus from climbing, the mountains called me back and I made my way to Grenoble, France where I currently reside. When I climbed in U.S. I was mostly a gym rat and only made a few ventures outside, so this time around I was hell-bent on being an outdoor climber. As soon as I arrived in Grenoble I started climbing, at first on top rope but within a few months I was learning how to lead sport and multi-pitch climbs (in French, no less). In March of this year I participated in a Red Rock Rendezvous (RRR) event where I was re-immersed into the American climbing scene. And since, I’ve had American climbing pals join me in France. Now having climbed on both sides of the pond I have observed some stark differences in the climbing communities in France and U.S., from gear to how we communicate and our general climbing philosophy. Personal Anchoring System (PAS) First things first, in terms...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Featured | 0 comments

Climbing after a Hiatus

This is a tough article to write. As the founder of a website called “Rock Climbing Women” I have been feeling a little like i’ve been living a lie. Why? I have hardly climbed in over a year. It’s a little embarrassing to admit. I was on a super climbing high last summer at this exact same time, when I suffered from debilitating tendonitis in my right elbow. I decided to take a little break. A little injury turned into something that lasted well over a year. I was extra cautious about the elbow because I’m a photographer and use that right elbow extensively to do my work, so I wouldn’t even consider risking it. Well, over time I started to pursue some of my previous favorite activities. I completed my second half ironman this past June and was determined to get my climbing head game back on while on our summer trip again. Despite my best intentions, I just couldn’t quite get into climbing this time around. Was...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in Featured, Interviews, Personal Stories | 0 comments

Climbing Love

Climbing Love

Rock Climbing Women Love Stories! <3 Q&A In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we asked members of our Rock Climbing Women Facebook Group to share their stories of how they found love on the rocks. Here’s what Sarah, Laurie, and Lynda had to say. Thank you, ladies! How/when/where did you meet? SARAH: It’s a funny story how we met. I was planning to move to Vegas for a while and so to prepare, I had posted in a climbing forum online. I was looking for some climbing friends and just wanted to put that out there. I had a number of responses, including one from my future significant other. Months pass by and I forgot about my post and responses. I was out with a new coworker bouldering in Calico Basin at Monkey Bars. My coworker’s brother showed up with his friends because it had started to rain a bit and their trad plans were canceled. While we were hanging out, trad climbs work their way into the conversation. Apparently,...

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Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

What to Expect in 2017!

What to Expect in 2017!

It’s been an exciting couple of years for Rock Climbing Women and a lot has changed. We had some amazing (i mean AMAZING) support from Taryn Phaneuf in 2015. She’s the reason you saw more content being written on a regular basis and she also helped us organize the layout of the site a bit more. Taryn is a freelance writer and you can see more of her professional work on her website (http://www.tarynphaneuf.com/). Taryn has been so generous with her time and energy! So appreciated! Hopefully, we’ll get an article or two from her in the future!  Since Taryn sought new venues in 2016, we definitely saw a slow year last year in our editorial department. Because RCW is a website & community built and written and supported by volunteers, it was hard to maintain this past year with our own work and businesses and busy schedules. For 2017, we do have some new plans, however! With the help of Sue Beauchamp (another Las Vegas local), we have...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Featured, Personal Stories | 0 comments

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Winner – Natalie Dower

24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell Winner – Natalie Dower

For the 11th year in a row, climbers have flocked to the Ozark Mountains for 24 Hours of Horseshoe Hell (24HHH). It’s a grueling endurance rock climbing competition within the steep sandstone cliffs Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Jasper, Arkansas. Three hundred competitors set out to climb as many pitches as possible during 24 hours winning points based on difficulty and route count. The four-day festival draws the likes of climbers such as Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Heather Wiedner and Bobbi Bensman for a weekend of competition, camping and camaraderie. This year, our own Rock Climbing Woman, Natalie Dower, took 24HHH by storm! In her 12th year of competing, she lowered off her last route feeling satisfied that she gave it her all and met her goals. That resulted in winning first place both in the Women’s Elite and Masters divisions! She also won top ranking for most female trad routes, most individual routes, and most 5.7 routes. Hell, yeah!! How did she do it? So, how does a 5’4”...

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