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Words for Thought

Words for Thought

Has the recent Olympic spotlight on sport climbing sparked curiosity about climbing terms, lingo, slang, and jargon? Are you aware of how the use of language influences your climbing and other behavior? Feed your curiosity with this brief discussion about language and...

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Words for Thought

A Lifestyle, a Revolution, and a Sport

Look like an expert and impress your friends. With the debut of Sport Climbing in the 2020(1) Tokyo Olympics this summer, you will have a rare opportunity to share your enthusiasm for climbing and gain huge “respect” points for your knowledge. You may also gain lots...

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Family time around the fire

Family time around the fire

We have a new member of the family here at 5.life and it has made me reflect on family and community especially in light of the last 15+ months. As a young family that was transferred far from home in the early 90s, the climbing community in Central and Southern Ohio...

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Family time around the fire

KISS

Keep It Simple to Send (OR Keep it Simple to Succeed) At it’s core climbing is a pretty simple activity. Go up. Not much more to it than that. We humans tend to make things way too complicated.Why do we choose to ‘Go Up?’ Because it’s there. (Quote attributed to...

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Family time around the fire

Climbing is Dangerous

You are worthy, not because of achievement or by some prescribed measure, but simply because you are human. You are valuable, not because of what you offer or provide, but simply because your existence has a purpose in the world. You are a gloriously unique and...

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Climb Nittany Ground Breaking

Climb Nittany Ground Breaking

Climb Nittany Ground BreakingWe have exciting news: we are BREAKING GROUND on a new climbing gym in State College, PA. This will be the 4th gym in the 5.Life family and we’re thrilled to announce our expansion to Happy Valley.   Climb Nittany will be built from the...

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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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