Someone once told me that climbing out west would make me weak. They’ve obviously never squeezed cobbles in the Pipe Dream cave in Maple. Sprout | 5.13a
Work and school are kicking my butt. Thank goodness I only have 9 more days until I’m camping and climbing in Wyoming with this over-sized lap dog 🙌🏼
When that 30 percent chance of rain turns into 100 percent chance of hail, you end up in the back of a truck, drinking beer, and waiting out the storm.
We braved the storm to climb some routes yesterday. We clipped some bolts, we squeezed some cobbles, we got super pumped, and no one got struck by lightning ⚡️
I could not be more psyched for the start of sport climbing season. I’ve set some lofty goals for myself this year, and I’m ready to get to work. Let the bolt clipping begin!
When my mom was in town I took her to Moab for her first desert mountain biking experience. Every time she got off her bike to walk it up a hill or down a big drop, she apologized. I started to wonder why we feel the need to apologize for things that don’t warrant an apology. Why can’t we just be okay with the process of learning something new? What in us makes us feel like we have to be pros our first time mountain biking, climbing or skiing?. . My mom is in her mid 50’s and she’s still willing and excited to try new things. I kept telling her to stop being sorry and to be proud of herself. The process is part of the adventure, and we had nearly 15 incredible miles of adventures!
It’s so easy to tell myself I can’t, but it’s amazing what I can do when I tell myself I can. Yesterday I crossed into the expert only zone and did my first black diamond run. @elbowgram and I had so much fun that we went back and did it again and again until we were so tired we couldn’t feel our legs.
I’m so glad my mom is a yes person. Whether it’s mountain biking, hiking or snowshoeing, she’s always ready for an adventure. I can only hope that one day I’ll grow up to be as cool as her 😜
One year later and I couldn’t be happier about my decision to move to Salt Lake City, Utah. Initially, I thought I would only move out here for 6 months or a year, but this place really feels like home. I have fallen in love with the wildness of the West. I love the smell of sagebrush, I love waking up to desert sunrises, and I love being able to drive four hours in any direction and end up in a totally different landscape. This past year has been full of adventure, laughter and excitement. I’ve seen some of the most incredible places and met some damn good people along the way, and I cannot wait to see what this next year has to offer.
Sometimes in climbing it can be easy to get caught up in chasing grades and trying to send the next hardest boulder problem or route. That’s why I enjoy having friends who remind me to never take it too seriously, to be okay with falling and failing, and to laugh a lot. That way I don’t miss out on trying some of the most classic (and fun!) lines an area has to offer. . @elbowgram definitely knows how to have fun. He even snagged a send weighed down by a beer in his chalk bag so he could enjoy it with his pork chop 🍺 🥩 . Pork Chop | v fun
I finally got to hit the slopes this weekend! I may have been out skied by kids half my size, but I still had a blast. I feel so lucky to live in a place where I can try new things and push my limits. Also, shoutout to my main squeeze @elbowgram for giving up a day of climbing to ski with me. Your love and patience are astounding 😘
Even though we’ve had such a mild winter, I’m already looking ahead to summer where I can spend my weekends getting rowdy in Wyoming. It’s nearly time to start clipping some bolts and taking some whips!. . Court and Spark | 5.12b
I went snowshoeing with my favorite dude and favorite dog this weekend. Life with these two is an endless adventure 💗