Year-long Birthday Challenge: 25 Things To Do During Year 25

I might be having that new-age quarter-life crisis thing other millennials have told me about. Last Saturday was my 25th birthday. No, I didn’t do 25 pitches or boulders or V-points or any other sort of birthday challenge to celebrate. Instead, I mostly forgot it was my birthday. It felt like any other climbing day…

10 Things I’ve Said About “Your Mother”

1. I’m working Your Mother. 2. If you climb her right, she’s 5.8 slab jugs. 3. I got a new high point on Your Mother. 4. I can make all the moves on Your Mother. 5. Gotta love taking whips on Your Mother. 6. One cannot simply follow Your Mother. 7. Want to do a quick morning…

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…

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…