Climbers and Their Hands

For many things it’s an accomplishment to have your fingers bleed. If a pop-rock artist sings that he played his guitar, “’till my fingers bled,” he is seen as dedicated. If you hammer nails, rake leaves, or chop wood till your blisters bleed, you’re hardworking and should invest in better gloves. If you’re a small child,…

Belaying (as) a Small Female

Your average non-climber understands that ascending a cliff requires a certain amount of skill and expertise. This non-climber has little to no idea of the range of skill or what skills exactly that might entail, but (s)he gets that climbing involves some form of competence. However, not everyone appreciates the skill involved in lead belaying. Yes…

Avoiding Amusement-Park-esque Lines at the Crag

When I visit Six Flags, I expect to wait in line for hours to get my 67-second rollercoaster fix. In fact, most of the day is spent anticipating thrills while standing next to hundreds of other people doing the same thing. I will wait 57 minutes to ride the Griffon at Bush Gardens; I will not, however, sit at…