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Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Featured, Tips | 0 comments

Road Trip Essentials

Road Trip Essentials

By Leici Hendrix 1. What is your longest road-trip and where?   My longest road trip was to Hueco Tanks in El Paso, TX. I used to spend a month or two every season there. I would drive down and camp out of my car at the Rock Ranch the first few years, and then I started staying at the Hacienda, so it was less of a road trip and more luxury-style dirtbagging. I’ve never lived out of my car travelling place to place, but I have car camped for long periods of time in other locations too– Ten Sleep and Lander, WY, City of Rocks, Shelf Road in Colorado, the Red River Gorge, the New River Gorge, Yosemite, Bishop, Joes Valley, Moab, etc… We also go to Burning Man pretty regularly and have a pretty advanced camping set up there.   2. What do you drive? Honda Element! Or as I like to call it, the Hotelement. It’s an awesome car for roadtripping and car camping. It’s got...

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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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