Jul 16 2014

Climbing With Kids: Thomasina Pidgeon Interview

I'm not sure when I actually first met Thomasina (Thomo), but I had known about her for a long time. It's hard not to hear about one of the strongest, most accomplished female boulderers in the world, having climbed over 40 boulder problems of V11 or harder. But what struck me as the years went on is that she continued to push the limits and raise this amazing little girl, Cedar, at the same time.   I had the privilege of having them at our house in Yosemite one night when they...

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Jul 08 2014

Climbing With Kids: Recovery Mode

When it comes to learning about the whole pregnancy experience, all you hear about are the months of anticipation, the growing pains you should enjoy along the way, and what to expect during the actual labor. It’s like it’s all designed to get you ready for that one great miracle moment of life. But funnily enough, right after that magical moment is over, it’s like, “You’re on your own, best of luck!”   The whole recovery experience afterward is not something I was really prepared for, nor was it something that I...

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Jun 25 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Month 9: Letting Go and Holding On

By month 9, everyone was asking me the same question: “Aren't you done being pregnant?" It’s funny. Until people started asking me that, it hadn't really occurred to me to feel as if I should be “done.” It was just the state I was in; I didn't feel as if I despised my pregnant body or anything like that. By that point, I had found my groove. I was able to go on my daily walks, accompany Randy and friends climbing during the day, and generally carry on my normal...

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Apr 01 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Caroline George Interview

When I published some of my first blogs on climbing while pregnant, I got a barrage of messages and notes from women around the world who had been through the same thing. Some of them I knew and some of them I didn't. Caroline George is someone who reached out to me in the very first months. Although I don't know Caroline personally, we have many many mutual friends and she's been a great source of information for me.   Caroline holds the prestigious title of IFMGA certified guide, something only a...

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Mar 13 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Martina Cufar Interview

I first met Martina Cufar at the X Games. We were both young climbers competing against the greats of the sport (Liv Sansoz, Katie Brown, etc). Her climbing always impressed me, so strong, so focused and so smooth. Over the years I would see her at other X Games and World Cups, dominating with her quiet demeanor.   As we both slowly left the competition scene, Martina had several World Cup podium finishes and a first place at the famous Arco Rock Masters event under her belt. She went on to climb...

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Feb 28 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Thoughts and Perspective from Miri in Germany

  Hi Beth -  I just read your blog about your pregnancy! Really cool and of course congratulations!! I am not a professional climber but a very enthusiastic and passionate climber - and we're parents of a 1.5 year old girl. When I became pregnant I was insecure about climbing and bouldering and about our climbing after the birth. My doctor is really cool and is really sporty himself and he kept supporting me in doing sports and of course in climbing. We went in the gym 4-6 times a week, I belayed...

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Feb 25 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Lyn Barraza Interview

For those of you who know Lyn Barraza, you know that she is one of those superhuman people. She has more energy than I've seen in just about any human being. She tries harder and longer than almost anyone at the crags, and has an infectiously psyched attitude.   She also runs one of the most successful climbing gyms in the country, Berkeley Ironworks, and is a member of the Access Fund Board of Directors.   Last year she had her second child, Conrad, and her pregnancy didn't seem to slow her down a bit. In December,...

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Feb 18 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Steph Davis Interview – Decisions About Having Kids

Steph Davis is one of the most accomplished female climbers of the past 20 years. She has established routes in the mountains of Pakistan, to first free ascents on El Cap, to hard routes in the desert. On top of all of that, she has one of the best blogs out there and runs Moab B.A.S.E Adventures. She also is a great friend of mine. I have interviewed several women climbers and how they dealt with pregnancy and having children. I wanted to interview Steph about her decision around having kids/not having kids....

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Feb 12 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Thoughts and perspective from Jasmin in Italy

Best wishes for your pregnancy from Italy (I'm based in Milan, but originally from the Dolomites) Jasmin & Elia  Hi Jasmin -   Thank you so much for your very thoughtful message and information. I think women in the US will find your perspective very valuable and interesting. I know that I always thought European women and mothers had access to much more information and acceptance while climbing during pregnancy and with children. I'm sorry to hear that it's not necessarily the case!   I will say that at least in California where I am located,...

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Feb 06 2014

Climbing Pregnant: Month 3: First Trimester Done

Most people said the nausea would likely be gone by the end of the first trimester. But there was always a chance the I’d be one of those unlucky women who were sick throughout their pregnancy. As the end of the first trimester approached, I felt a mix of hope and dread. Luckily, as my third month came to a end, so did my daily bouts of sickness. It took about two weeks to fully fade out, but then it was gone. Yipee skipee, no more nausea! The relief of...

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