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Fearless Female – a Study on Stella

Fearless Female – a Study on Stella

My daughter Stella is currently 11 years old and has never been one to hide or hold back her emotions. She is sensitive, loving, caring, adventurous, and thinks outside the box. These are characteristics we love, but they have brought many challenges for Stella. She...

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How to Make Friends at the Climbing Gym

How to Make Friends at the Climbing Gym

Making new friends is a skill we often emphasize with our children. But making friends as an adult? Not discussed nearly as much. When I moved to Ohio three years ago, I left my wonderfully supportive climbing community in Pennsylvania, and found myself at a brand new...

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Rock Climbing While Pregnant and Post-Babies

Rock Climbing While Pregnant and Post-Babies

Rock Climbing While Pregnant and Post-Babies A lot of folks assume that rock climbing and pregnancy go together as well as ants and a picnic. With two pregnancies under my belt, and having climbed throughout both, I can honestly say that climbing can be a healthy and...

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Mental and Emotional Benefits of Kids Climbing

Mental and Emotional Benefits of Kids Climbing

My name is Kristen, I started climbing when my now 10-year-old daughter took her first climbing class (4 years ago). She instantly fell in love with the sport. As a parent, I wanted to support my daughter, so my husband and I took the Rope 101 class and our adventure...

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New Name Same Values

New Name Same Values

New Name Same ValuesWe’ve been in this business for 25 years, so we started with that old school, laid back, hand-made climbing wall crag. And then the sport exploded, it was added to the Olympics, people were telling us how great that “Free Solo” movie was, and bam,...

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12 Ways to Tell If You’re a Climbing Mom

12 Ways to Tell If You’re a Climbing Mom

To start off, I LOVE climbing. I was lucky enough to start climbing at a young age. My parents noticed my passion and skill and signed me up for a climbing team. Passion turned to love, and I was hooked. As I got older, I kept climbing and eventually started coaching...

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The Real Dangers of Rock Climbing

The Real Dangers of Rock Climbing

As a wife, mom of 4, grandmom of 1, world traveler, professional belay slave, part owner and general Cat Herder at Vertical Adventures, I’ve spent a lot of time around climbers, the climbing community and industry. Our investment in the business, coupled with my...

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