How Do I?


My climbing partner has done it again…he has *abandoned* me again for 6 weeks while he’s off to somewhere exciting to do math. He did this to me last year, too. Last year I survived by not climbing or (cringe) bouldering (cringe). Not this year, not this stinking year. It’s the eve of climbing Friday and I wonder how I’ve done this before. How do I take my life, tie it to a rope, and hand that rope to someone new and untried.

It starts with trust. You. Must. Trust.

So it does, Self, so it does.

First, I trust myself. I trust my ability and my judgement.

Next, I trust my partner. A little at a time; first where I know I can succeed then where I think I can succeed.

Finally, I trust even where I am sure I will fail and hope and pray my trust in me and my trust in him is enough to see me through.

Leading at the Gunks

I’ve done it again…I’ve decided it’s time to put myself out there, see what the world has to offer me, and soothe my lonely heart. It’s the eve of a new date with a new stranger and I wonder how I’ve done this before. How do I take my heart, put it on my sleeve, and share it with someone new and untried.

It starts with trust. You. Must. Trust.

So it does, Self, so it does.

First, I trust myself.

Next, I trust my partner.

Finally, I hope and pray my trust in me and my trust in him is enough to see us through.

photo by Emily Varisco

Calling All Women (Rock Climbers) of the World


I’ve shared my story here many times

I’ve shared my love of the sport; what I get out of it; what it means to me

I shared my first time; my fear; my trepidation; my stupidity

I’ve shared my strength

I’ve shared my weakness

Now, I want yours

Recently a friend mentioned her experience in climbing leaving her feeling weak and frustrated (with a side of camel toe). I had no reason to know she’d ever been climbing; why she went, who she was with, what her experience was like AND I WANT TO KNOW!!!

So any woman who has ever been climbing who comes across this – I want your story; even if it was a whim, you went, you hated it, you will never go back. I want to hear about it.

If you are a regular climber: novice or professional – I want your story. I want to know what drew you to it. What climbing means to you. Why you keep doing it. What you’ve learned. How/If it’s changed your life outside of the sport.

Use the below form to send me your story and this will become part of my Friday “Life by Climbing” spot; we grow and learn through our shared experiences and I want to grow and learn through yours.