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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 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 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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