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Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Climbing News, Featured, Interviews | 1 comment

Emily Harrington loves the versatility of climbing

Emily Harrington loves the versatility of climbing

Emily Harrington started climbing the way many kids take up sports. When she was 10 years old and living in Boulder, Colorado, she tried climbing on artificial walls, loved it, and “begged” her dad to go again. She joined the junior climbing team at a local gym and began competing. “What climbing has meant to me has changed enormously. … It went from being a sport I did as a kid to this lifestyle,” Emily, now 28, said in an interview with RCW. When she was young, she had audacious dreams of being a world champion. She is a five-time national champion and a two-time North American champion. She made it to the podium in World Cups. She has branched into each climbing discipline, including bouldering, sport, and traditional climbing, taking her into gyms and the high mountains. She mountaineers, too, including a 2012 ascent of Everest, where she met her boyfriend Adrian Ballinger, who is also a professional climber and a mountain guide. Sponsored by The North Face and...

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Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Climbing News, Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

Toronto women know how to boulder

Toronto women know how to boulder

Hillary Newkirk and Alison Sexton live and climb in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They compete on Joe’s B Team at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym, where the two started talking about women’s issues in climbing. “Alison and I … realized that a lot of what we were talking about was related to women and climbing and our perspective (0f) participating in an often male-dominated sport,” Hillary told RCW. A clinic, they thought, would introduce more women to bouldering and help them build technique and strength while talking about what it means to be a rock climbing woman. “We set to work planning a beginner clinic where there would be a space to talk about women’s issues and expand people’s comfort zones. We hoped that people would make friends and connections along the way, connecting them to the unique and inspiring climbing community at Joe Rockhead’s,” Hillary said. Joe’s is filled with helpful people who welcome climbers of all skill levels, she said. “We approached other women in the gym to help, and they were quick...

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Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Featured, Interviews, Tips | 0 comments

Clinic teaches safe ways to ‘get down’

Clinic teaches safe ways to ‘get down’

It’s true that most climbing accidents happen on the descent. “It’s human error,” said Tracy Martin, an AMGA Certified Rock Guide in Las Vegas. Tracy took a small group into Red Rock Canyon’s Calico Basin to brush up on skills associated with getting down from a climb. The clinic came out of a conversation during a Rock Climbing Women beer night in Vegas where discussion turned to rappelling. Tracy was surprised to realize some women there didn’t use an autoblock to back up a rappel. So they made a plan to learn together. Six climbers joined Tracy at the clinic in June where they practiced setting and cleaning anchors on boulders on the ground, then rappelled horizontally. Don’t let your guard down. Here are some tips from Tracy: 1. Slow down. When you’re cleaning an anchor at the top of a climb, setting a rappel or preparing to be lowered, go through the entire process slowly enough to catch any mistakes. The climber should be secured to two points at all times, Tracy said....

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