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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 Sep 16, 2015 in Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

How I recovered after decking at a climbing competition

How I recovered after decking at a climbing competition

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by its author on her personal blog. Thanks, Claire, for telling us your story and letting us share it on RCW. Climb on! By Claire Bukowski In March of 2013, I decked from the top of my gym during a local onsight competition.  I slipped off the last move of the route and fell 35 feet to the ground, without any friction of the rope to slow the descent. Fortunately, nearly all of my body landed on the padded part of the flooring in my gym. Immediately, my parents, one of my coaches and several strangers were by my side and asking “Are you in pain? Can you breathe?” After catching my breath, my first thought was that I only had a few minutes left to get ready to climb my next route. At the time, slightly delusional from the adrenaline rush, I didn’t see this as a problem. I mean, I hadn’t  broken any bones, right? They shook their heads, “No, you...

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Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Featured, Interviews, Tips | 2 comments

Tracy Martin on sustaining a 25-year climbing career

Tracy Martin on sustaining a 25-year climbing career

At 25, Tracy Martin was out of money on a roadtrip in California. She found a job as a waitress in South Lake Tahoe where she also met Ginny, who took her climbing for the first time. “I was hooked from there,” Tracy said 25 years later. It wasn’t her first introduction to rock climbing – that happened in college at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. There, she’d met a guy who delivered pizzas in the same strip mall where she was a waitress. She watched him climb, but he didn’t teach her. She lives in Las Vegas now and works as a certified rock guide. Rock climbing has taken her all over the country – for work or play. And she’s made a long-lasting career out of it. “My life and work has pretty much revolved around rock climbing,” she said. Because she’s climbed half her life, Tracy has developed the kind of confidence that pushes her without subjecting her to others’ standards. She looks for...

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