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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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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La Sportiva Mythos: Good grip, all-day comfort

I’m a moderate-grade rock climber who climbs mostly outside on routes with very few “balance on a quarter” moves. I like cracks, chimneys, slabs, off-widths, and I get them all on nearly every alpine route we find. So when I needed a new pair of shoes, I picked La Sportiva Mythos. I bought a new pair of …

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