Every Seasons’ Must Have: A Raincoat

Raincoats are awesome. Not only do the classic yellow ones bring sunny happiness to drizzly days, but they have many uses beyond the obvious keeping your torso, head, and arms dry during precipitation events. Summer is here in Colorado, and so are the afternoon thundershowers. I’m significantly less grumpy getting poured out of Boulder Canyon…

Confessions of a Beginner MoonBoarder

The giant middle white starting jug is by far my favorite hold. I’m secretly disappointed when “easy” problems start anywhere else. I get super psyched when I flash. It’s usually a 6b+. After the kickboard, the feet are rarely quite where I want them. Also, the kickboard feet are much slipperier than they look. I fall…

(Climbing) Nutrition Simplified

Much of the information about nutrition that we ingest online is confusing and conflicting. Every article and podcast seems to encourage us to eat in a new way. Should we try out the ketogenic diet? What about going back to our roots and eating paleo? Or ditch animal products altogether to become vegan? Or maybe…

10 Reasons Why I Suck at Training

  As you guessed from the title, I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at training. In fact, it would be hard to argue that I train at all… I have zero books, Excel spreadsheets, apps, notebooks, or pieces of scrap paper outlining possible training regimens. I have never even attempted to follow one…

(Not) Sleeping in the Airport IS “Worth It”

There are very few things I’ll stay up half the night for. There are even fewer things I’ll get up early for. However, sometimes not sleeping, or sleeping in far from ideal locations, is worth the adventure it leads you to. Let me explain: I need my 8+ hours of sleep most nights to be alert…

So Who The Heck Writes This Stuff Anyway?

Maybe you’ve read my brief “About” section. Maybe you haven’t. It tells you very little about me. So for those who are curious about who the heck writes this blog, here are some fun facts about this small female. Fun Facts: Age: 22 Height: 5’5″ Ape Index: 0 😦 Current City of Residence: Louisville, Colorado (essentially Boulder)…

I Stopped Running and This is What DIDN’T Happen

I used to run a lot. Well, not a lot for an ultra runner or marathoner or even a college cross country runner, but I ran at least 5 days a week for anywhere between 3 and 10 miles at a time. That’s a lot of running for a climber. I’ve since stopped running, having jogged just…

Sports Cragging: A Definition You’ll Want to Know

You’ve probably heard of “cragging.” You’ve also most likely heard of sport climbing. However, most climbers are unfamiliar with the term “sports cragging.” As the name implies, sports cragging refers to a ground-up effort to ascend a bolted cliff in as many ways (also known as lines) as possible. At first, this practice might look identical to sport…

The End of the Day Brew Life

It’s the end of a long day, and your arms are tired and sunburnt. You got up at 5:30 a.m. to drive to the crag, shook your way up the warm-up due to over-caffeination, gave your project five unsuccessful but solid burns, and then decided to climb “fun” routes for the rest of the day. It’s…

The Real Breakfast of Champions: Peanut Butter Power Oatmeal

Step aside Wheaties: A new, improved, 21st-century breakfast of champions is here. This fiber- and protein-packed, peanut butter and banana “flavored” oatmeal (made with real peanuts and bananas!) will keep you full for hours of cragging, a.m. training, or snack-free desk sitting. Ready in 7 minutes or less with zero chopping, egg cracking, or flapjack flipping,…

13 Reasons to Get Psyched on Bouldering

I used to strongly identify as a sport climber. Routes had magical things called footholds and a grading system that started at a friendly 5.5, which made me feel significantly better about sending 5.10c than I did about sending V1 when the bouldering scale starts at V0. I also associated bouldering with snow-covered, footless Pawtuckaway State Park, where I spent…

This Season’s Must Have: Off-White Gym Capris

Spring is here, and off-white is the new black when it comes to gym attire. No more chalk hand prints on your black yoga pants: light-weight, light-colored capris are here to keep you easy breezy beautiful for the season. Think I’m joking? I’m actually wearing my favorite pair right now. Here’s why: I love weekday morning gym sessions,…