Here’s a New Year’s resolution for you

By Aimee Roseborrough Most of us have similar resolutions: eat better, train harder, be kinder, etc, but how about a resolution to help the earth and make your life easier? I’m talking about using a menstrual cup. You can decrease your impact on the earth by not using tampons and/or pads anymore! Menstrual cups have become slightly …

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The ever-expanding circle of climbing friends

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 …

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Learning to climb to avoid the cables in Italy

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 …

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How this tennis player became a rock climber

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 …

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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 …

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Trango Cinch and Squid: Intuitive, essential

By Aimee Roseborrough My two favorite pieces of climbing gear by far are the Trango Cinch and Squid (and no, I’m not sponsored by Trango!)   I’ve been climbing for over 15 years, so I’ve had lots of gear experience.  When the Gri-Gri first entered the scene, I tried it, but I felt dissatisfied with …

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