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Flashy Foxy presents a women’s rock climbing festival

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Climbing News | 0 comments

Looking for a chance to meet some cool rock climbing women and learn new skills? Flash Foxy’s rock climbing festival in Bishop, California, opened for registration this month. After just a few days, the organizers said they filled half the spots, so sign up soon if you want to go. The festival will be February 19-21. You can get all the details from Flash Foxy, including what sponsors are involved and what clinics and workshops will be offered.  We’d love to know if any of you register to attend. Any other festivals on your radar for...

The ever-expanding circle of climbing friends

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Featured, Features, Your people | 0 comments

By Aimee Roseborrough The people I surround myself with when I climb starts at my most inner circle: my husband.  Then it expands to include my children and finally, my climbing friends. Above all, I value a conscientious climbing circle. People enjoy different levels of noise and involvement from others while they’re climbing, and if we keep that in mind, enjoying a day on the rock with others gets easier. My Inner Circle – Just the two of us I must admit that I enjoy climbing days when it’s my husband and me with the whole crag to ourselves. Even though I’m an extrovert and very social by nature,...

Learning to climb to avoid the cables in Italy

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Featured, Features, How I Started Climbing | 1 comment

By Martina Zandonella “Come on… Cross it! ” “But it is cold and the rocks are rolling on my feet!” My little friends and I nagged each other on. “Come on, let’s see who can go the furthest.” “Oh is so cold.” “One step at the time. Watch the current!” Many days of my childhood where spent on the side of a river called Boîte, in the Italian mountain range of the Dolomites, challenging ourselves to cross it. We would make some progress, finding the best spots to get through, most of the time turning back when the current was too strong for us, others finally making it to the other side. Once we...

October-November: Your people

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Featured, Features, Your people | 0 comments

Want to contribute to Rock Climbing Women? In October and November, we’re looking for stories about the people you surround yourself with when you climb. Tell us about the new best friend you made at the crag or the furry friend who cheers you on from the bottom. We want to know what it was like to introduce your kids to your passion. Whoever it is, they’re part of your climbing experience. At RCW, we love climbing because it’s active and fun, it gets us outside in beautiful places, and it provides ample opportunity to spend time with other people. From my personal experience, whether strangers or partners, the...

How this tennis player became a rock climber

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Featured, Features, How I Started Climbing | 0 comments

By Mercedes Pollmeier I wasn’t always a climber. I started out my athletic career as a tennis player and played as a junior in open tournaments in Australia. I landed a full scholarship in the U.S. at University of Northern Iowa, and surprisingly, this is where I first stumbled across climbing. I got my first college job at the university climbing wall as a “safety.” It was so awesome, learning to climb 5.8 on the plastic walls, and going out to Arkansas with 10 other dudes to climb top rope in the rain. It was one of my most memorable climbing trips to this day. Because I was mostly...

How I recovered after decking at a climbing competition

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

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...