Bummed doesn’t begin to describe how it feels not being at @colorthecrag
right now. I am super stoked for everyone that could make it though, I hope it’s a rad time this weekend!
The end of this quarter is so close I can almost taste it (2 weeks OMG). Can’t wait for a free weekend to get back on some real rocks ⛰🧗🏾♀️🏕
When you want to climb hard but your body says no 😂 (don't worry Ma it's just a sore tendon)
Warm weather, dry rock, and my badass lady climber friends. Happy Friday!
The heavens decided to #send
as well this afternoon by welcoming us home with this fantastic display. @maddywt @jrund_e
One of the awesome things about @theolivebranch.elchorro
is finding rad lady climbing partners to send with. So stoked to get on the send train with @maddywt
today!! 6a all the way!!! I've never really had the chance to climb with ladies before and though obviously there's no discrimination (all climbers are awesome) there's a really cool supportive motivation that comes from climbing with women. Especially when they're around your grade!!
Jadzia Szkatuła and the colors of Polish Golden Autumn on Filar Pochylca 8b, her hardest route so far. This line on Pochylec (Leaning Rock) is simply mindblowing and there are only a few days in the year when the last rays of setting sun just touch this beautiful pillar for 15-20 minutes. I will show more of this overhanging line on some pictures soon, as we used this golden 30 minutes together with @olga_niemiec
last Monday (they both sent the route this October). But I need a bigger screen for editing these pics - not available on the road right now :)
✨Oh my, what a fearsome thing to behold; a woman who knows her worth.✨ When I was young I would spend most of my time exploring the outdoors, sometimes alone. My dad was stationed in Alabama at that time and the woods there housed some of my fondest memories. I had a walkie-talkie to keep in touch with my mom (if I stayed in our 2 mile radius) and was usually asked to be home before sunset. I would ride my bike to the edge of the woods and venture from there. I felt home. Free. Nature required no words from me. Every once in a while I would venture further than those 2 miles though (don’t tell my mom) and those were my favorite adventures. Off the grid. •
As a young adult I ventured away from my love of nature. College marked an emotionally/spiritually tough time for me, until I found climbing. It re-connected me with my faith, inner child and my sense of adventure. It gave me a reason to be healthy, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Never in my life had I felt such gratitude for my body. I found climbing at a time in my life where I needed that sense of belonging the most. When the world was telling me to hate my body, I found an outlet that slowly taught me to love it. •
Perhaps that’s why I’m such an advocate for exercising in the outdoors. Well, that and it’s been proven to lower the occurrence of depression, lower stress (and many more benefits)... •
I would encourage you to take a moment for yourself this week, and get outside. Doesn’t matter what type of exercise you choose; hiking, running, climbing, or riding. Just get out in nature and “be”. This rejuvenation will have you powered up for whatever it is you’re facing mentally. You are loved. You are enough. •
For some reason i love climbing areas that you rappel into. I think it’s something about committing to climbing out, or topping out on the rim, or just the exposure and adventurous feel of it even if the climbing is totally chill...it’s just more exciting 😉 .
Photo from rapping into water world this summer. Proceeded to do an awesome climb that was very techy and footwork heavy even though my foot was knowingly broken... 🤷🏼♀️ worth it I think
I’ve been a little quiet on the IG machine for a few days because my climbing stoke is down the shitter... which means I’m not out at the crag shooting. I absolutely LOVE climbing, and it has helped heal some serious broken parts of me, but lately when I think about hiking out to the crag to climb, anxiety takes over and I stay in my comfortable bubble of control. Anxiety is a real pain in the ass guys, so any book recommendations to inspire me or advice, I’m open. P.C. the magical @tearintaren
I love the fact that I can find my own way how to conquer a difficult part of a route, which sometimes is totally different to my climbing partner’s way 💁🏻♀️🏁 #climbing #filosophy #godesammen
Oh, what an awesome weekend it was! Had a chance to take photos at the Polish Bouldering Championships that took place in @blokfitbouldering
. Massive congrats to @idakups
and Adrian Chmiała for taking the win.
You can find more photos under 'recent projects' on my website. Link in bio!
Jadzia Szkatuła climbing Taniec Św. Wita (St. Vitus Dance) in Kobylańska Valley during „Rico Revolution 1968-2018” event. That’s not her regular climbing outfit :) , but during Rico Malczyk Memorial we tried to wear old-fashioned clothes. This was the real lycra style :) The route now graded 6c was freed by legendary Ryszard „Rico” Malczyk in 1968.
I picked up a hitchhiker today.
As I was walking through the market picking out flowers there was an old man playing the ukulele. He had a raspy yet refined singing voice that complimented the old timey song he was playing very nicely. It was deserving of much more than the few cents I had in my pocket but I don't usually carry a lot of cash. A little bit past his hat stood the bouquet I would later purchase, but I really wanted mini doughnuts first. It took 30 minutes to walk across the market to get those delectable morsels. I didn't mind, the market was alive, it's been a while since I've seen the butchers toss fish or ate fruit samples from the produce stands. The mangos are really good right now. I made it to the doughnut stand and got a bag of 6 assorted mini doughnuts and went back to the flowers I had eyed before; still there, score. On the way out I noticed this little guy hanging out in the bunch. Now we're buds.
What can I say? 🤷🏽♀️
Your girl loves tricams...
Autumn is here, and despite this blast of warm weather, I think my outdoor climbing season in Ontario is done. I'm sad that it will be indoor plastic holds from here on in (well until next Easter Weekend of course) - so I'm #throwingback
to my time in #Squamish
. While out on the #WestCoast
I did something I thought I would never do - which was set my first Trad routes. I'm grateful that Adam had the patience to run me through gear placements on the ground and enough faith in my ability to let me set some of my own routes. Here I am working on my tricam placements at the Smoke Bluffs before setting Dusty Eyes (5.4) and Frodo's First Step (5.6) on Burgers and Fries. I think I see more of this in my future...and when in doubt....you best believe I'll be going for my tricams.
Everybody brings a history to their climbs... Yesterday, October 10, was #worldmentalhealthday
and I invite fellow climbers to consider the following: Everyone has different emotional skill sets they bring to the rock. This is because everyone has their own history etched inside their brains, their hearts, their bodies, their souls. When we are watching, belaying, or judging someone up there on the rock, we do not know what happened to them when they were 5 or 10 or 20 years of age. We do not know whether they received a daily barrage of hugs and kisses or abuses and neglect that strips human dignity to nothingness. We do not know the solidity or sketchiness of the world in which that soul grew up and the internal structures they had to build, alone or with help, in order to survive. Rock climbing is emotional, scary, and it pushes boundaries. We bring the edges of our emotions and psyches to the edges of the rocks - and everyone reacts differently. Rock climbing can be a powerful healing force. As partners, belayers, on-lookers, I invite you to be positive and supportive to each other. Meet each climber where he or she is at, with whoops and support and encouragement, and without judgement. You may be giving that person something he or she never, ever experienced in their formative lives, and does not know yet how to give to themselves. Our #mentalhealth
is our rock, just as we are each other’s rocks. Keep our climbing community strong and healthy. •••••••• 📸 @bvs.photo
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Slabby slab slab. ⠀
On my first day back in Squamish I've got to get to that slab!⠀
I just somehow have to trust those feet. I feel like this climb was just a bunch of pistol squats for me.
Grounding. I pride myself in being very logical and scientific, and typically I’ve resisted the pull to get all granola and “woo woo” with talking about energies and shit, buuuuut, I can’t deny the connection I feel to the earth and what being outside does for my soul. Guys, seriously, go hug a tree, or walk barefoot on wild ground, your body and spirit will thank you.
• Do not wait until conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes conditions perfect. •
Just a reminder...whatever it is you’re contemplating... 💥BEGIN💥
This Monday is a little cooler than I was expecting. ❄️ It just reminds me how time flies by and how the little things we do every day will add up. That means eating well, and being consistent in physical exercise. Little consistent baby steps will get you much farther than any extreme tactic. Just remember your goals and keep crushing. ❤️
Dear foot and ankle, please stop being broken so that I can climb things again. I’ll give you treats if you heal faster? K thanks 🙏🏼🙄
In reality foot and ankle were also broken in this photo and all the climbing I did instead of resting is definitely why they are taking so long to heal...don’t look to me as a self care role model, friends 🙃oh well....worth it. Also happy thanksgiving!
High steppin into Monday liiikkkeee.... @vburdie
on The Prophet 5.12b.
If you're feelin' fit, bring your butterfingers down and we will see who is boss.
Channelling the goat for tomorrow's competition @summiteverett #usaclimbing
Swipe to see what I love about climbing ➡️
I am fairly new to climbing and have never caught an interest until I realised one thing. ☝️
Climbing is not only about strength, muscles and "how many pull ups can you do?" It sure does some fine work on your core muscles. And it's a monkey way to train your fear of heights. 🙈
But. I have discovered one thing. 👀
Climbing is about solving problems and finding creative ways to reach the top.
Using your physical strength is only 50% of the game. Technique and smart thinking takes you further than just strength. 🤓🔝
And it does not only build your muscles, but also your confidence. 🤸🏻♀️🏋️♀️
I love to communicate and discuss routes and techniques with my climbing friends.
I love talking to others (both friends and strangers) to share enthusiasm, experience and skills. 🌱
This also made me realise that the social aspect of this activity means more to me than the climbing itself. We cheer when someone conquers a route they have been struggling with. We make each other better ❤
And the fun thing about this is that being an entrepreneur and product developer has made me become a better climber.
Solving problems and finding better solutions is what I do for a living. Solving problems is what motivates me to continue until I reach the top ⛰
What a magnificent way to challenge your
way of thinking! 💡💁🏻♀️
climbed three hundred some odd miserable feet into the mouth of this cave yesterday. it was hard and cold, I couldn’t feel my hands for the first two pitches. I’m not used to climbing with extra gear and the weight difference made pulling some reachy moves feel near impossible. I was also dealing with debilitating cramps. thanks uterus. I cried twice during the second pitch as I fell out of a crack, again. and again. honestly, I can’t remember the last time I felt that frustrated. too. many. emotional. variables. the third pitch was aid climbing, which I’d never done before, and while physically difficult.. felt like sweet relief as I pulled into the mouth of monkey face. this a view from the mouth of the cave. which made the entire struggle feel totally worth it.. until we had to rap down 😂 the second pitch rap was terrifying. I had to scooch my butt over the edge to hang totally exposed with air on all sides. I legit thought I was going to wet my pants. And it only got better. Once we touched down we realized we weren’t actually down, yet. We did some boulder scrambling, during which time I pitched my rope bag some 20 feet down— only to realize my phone was in it... now shattered— before having to rap (by threading the rope around a rock because there were no anchors) down a small dodgy section to the ground. All of it took us something like 5 hrs and then we had to hike out. 😂😂😂 halfway through the second rap @tylerkersey
said “I hate climbing. I’m never doing this again.” I’d be lying if I didn’t share the sentiment in the moment. The good news is: it’s tomorrow, now, and we are both reflecting with humor, and ready to get back to climbing. 🤷🏻♀️ happy Friday friends, hope you have more fun than we did yesterday 😂😂
It’s Thursday. I’m ready for this week to be over. #tbt
to my birthday sends. P.C. The beautiful magical @tearintaren.
I miss you.
Happy Birthday @erikawheeler
! You are so kind, adventurous, hard working and REAL. I’m so glad to have met you about a year ago, and to call you friend. 👯♀️ I hope you feel as loved as you are on your special day. •
I foresee many adventures in our future! 🧗🏼♀️🌲🌄
Fall is great, the rainy weather gives me a little time to reflect and look through old photos. Like this one of @coyote0_0
and I after an "all night" push to the summit of baker. We shaved as much weight as we could to climb the Easton Glacier in 8 hours (car to car). Yes those are jorts, keep readin'
The first time I went climbing with this dude was a trip. I got to his house in the morning and tried to call him to come outside so we could leave. I dialed him like six times and by the sixth I decided to not be a lazy POS and go knock on the door. I knocked for a minute and still no answer. At this point I was more than a little upset and thought he had bailed on climbing so I knocked louder; then tried the handle. I was shocked that the door was unlocked. Not knowing if I was even in the right place I opened the door with a little caution but it only opened a few inches. WTF, I thought to myself. I closed the door then pushed it open harder, still didnt budge. I tried one more time and I heard a groan from the other side of the door. Cody's head was what had been blocking me from getting into his house! The dude worked at a bar and was up til 4am the night before. He slept, by the door, with his gear on (including his pack) so he didn't miss the climb. That's the ride or die shit that I look for in a climbing partner for sure. We slayed that summer. See ya soon bud. Xoxo
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Sharing a special capture of Stef @trekkingstef
during a chill moment taken by @bvs.photo