Jan 18 2017

An Incredible Tribe of Women

I found my first grey hair the other day. But if I’m actually telling the truth I found it closer to a year ago. I convinced myself that it was just an exceptionally blonde hair, like one from my youth, and combined with the bad light in my bathroom, I semi believed it to be true. The first thing I did was text my friend with some scary emoji and question mark, she returned the favor but also added “welcome to the club, congrats on everything you accomplished that gave...

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Nov 08 2016

Pregnancy Climbing Harnesses

  Hi Beth!   Your blog is awesome and I have read through several of your posts on climbing through pregnancy. I also follow you on Instagram and love your mama-climbing lifestyle. ?   Anyways, I was wondering if you used a pregnancy harness and if so what brand? I swear I have read all of the reviews and cannot make up my mind. I am only 13 weeks but I can't fit my harness anymore. I am wearing my husbands old harness, but know at some point I will grow out of...

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Nov 02 2016

Balancing a pregnant body with a climbing mind

  Hi Beth! I've followed you as a climber for a long time and recently came across your blog when I was looking for information about climbing while pregnant. As you know, there is hardly any! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and starting a dialogue about climbing and pregnancy.   I am around 4.5 months pregnant and have been able to keep climbing at least one or two days a week so far. My husband and I agreed I would only top-rope and we would climb primarily in the gym...

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Aug 18 2016

Life, Death, and What We Worry About

”Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”—Dr. Seuss   I wish it were as easy as Dr. Seuss put it. But grieving is hard, and crying usually comes with it, at least with me.   In the eight years I’ve known my husband, Randy, I’ve seen him cry only three times. I’ve cried at least three hundred times in those same eight years. Randy has a way of coping or dealing or grieving that he saves the tears for the big ones. Once over the guilt and separation with his ex-fiance; once...

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Aug 09 2016

Thoughts and Struggles with Pregnancy by Melissa Strong

I first met Melissa when I started living in Estes Park in 2000 . I'd see her hiking to and from the bouldering in Chaos Canyon, a relatively novel and new area at the time. She had a huge smile, infectious laugh and a welcoming attitude. Always one to want to climb together, open her home to people and make community. A handful of years later, she and her husband Adam opened their arms and home in Heuco Tanks to me. I was in the midst of separating from my husband. My...

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Apr 06 2016

The Cycle of Passion

Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”   Maya really says it all right there, doesn’t she? For me, and probably most people reading this blog, my passion is climbing. I found it the first moment of the first day I ever went to a climbing gym. It was a feeling of being alive, and energized. I wasn’t sure how climbing—which, at first, was simply a matter of moving...

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Mar 30 2016

Climbing Pregnant: Medical Study Results

There are two types of people: those who do their homework, and those who fly by the seat of their pants. It’ll come as no shock to any reader of this blog that I’m very much a do-my-homework kind of gal.   During pregnancy I wanted to do as much homework as possible to make sure I was doing everything "correctly." Unfortunately, the Internet is a horrible place to visit when you’re pregnant, with all of its worst-case-scenario prognoses on every site—especially if you have anxiety issues.   But what was even worse than...

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Dec 01 2015

Climbing with Kids: Hilaree O’Neill Interview

Hilaree O'Neill is one of the most well rounded mountain athletes out there. She is the first woman to climb two 8000 meter peaks in 24 hours and has continued to push the envelope with big mountain expeditions for decades. Along with being a truly inspirational athlete, she is also the mother of two young boys. She recently returned from an expedition to Makalu, where her boys joined her on the trek to basecamp. She was super kind to do an incredible and open interview on the life of a professional...

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Nov 19 2015

Climbing Pregnant: Pregnant thoughts by Janet Wilkinson

I am extremely honored to share Janet's story on this blog. She has an incredible climbing resume from alpine, to big walls to boulders. She was kind enough to share her journey and thoughts about pregnancy in an incredibly open way. I hope that you draw strength and inspiration from her words as much as I have.    For several nights I tossed and turned, unable to get comfortable, until I remembered it: the u-shaped human-sized pillow passed down from one of my done-with-pregnancy friends. I’d laughed when I saw it and stuffed...

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Nov 17 2015

Great Outdoor Kid Gear

I receive a lot of messages from parents asking me what gear we use for Theo in the great outdoors to transport and entertain him, as well as keep him warm, dry and protected. I know that I could have benefited from having a concise list of some great, vetted items. We relied mostly on our friends for suggestions, and were fortunate enough to receive a lot of these as hand-me-downs or gifts (bonus that these hold up extremely well). And while I can’t promise that this gear will work...

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