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Coping with COVID-19

by Jen Ochsner

For those who have been struggling to feel okay, I’ve listed some relevant tools that have helped me cope with challenging circumstances including this pandemic. Before changing careers and getting hired at CityROCK, I worked as a counselor for 4 years. Some of this may be common sense or things we’ve all heard before, but I’m hoping it will be a nice reminder of ways we can stay mentally healthy during an isolating and scary time.

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Food for Thought

By Becca Reberry 

I love cooking as much as I love climbing. Cooking is stress relief. Looking at recipe books inspires me to try new things and ultimately gets me excited to taste something I haven't had before. Being a climber, I like to balance food that tastes good with food that's good for me. Sometimes those two things don't always mix, but hey, what's life without a little deliciousness? 

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Eating All the Things

By Laura Jones

Was anyone else living to eat the first few days of their quarantine? Or was that just me? It wasn’t helpful that the first few days of mine were cold and dreary, which makes for perfect snacking weather. I would literally finish breakfast and start planning out lunch, dinner, and dessert.

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You Do Hard Things

By Leila Hallenbeck

“Lower please!” I’m so scared I feel like I’m going to puke. 

My forearms are about to explode and my feet are well above the bolt. My brain is spinning. My heart is beating out the rhumba. I know that as soon as I make another move, I’m going for a nice, long ride. I might scream. I am definitely not excited. 

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Ski Mountaineering

By Gretchen Merten 

“So, what about Mt. Baker?” Pete, chief guide and owner of Pikes Peak Alpine School, asked my husband and I over beers at a local brewery.  We had thought about a multi-day hut trip in the San Juans, but the logistics didn’t work out.  “This would purely be a skiing objective with a little bit of roped snow climbing near the summit.  We’d need to do some crevasse rescue training and learn to work as a rope team, but we could do this on Pikes.”  

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Easter Egg Plant

By Larissa Phillips



Did you know there are an average of 150 seeds per dandelion puff, and up to 10 dandelions per plant? That's wild! No wonder there are dandelions everywhere. 

Last year I decided to grow an egg plant, not realizing those things spread like crazy. For those new to gardening, egg plants (not to be confused with eggplants), hit their peak in April, with prime harvest being the Sunday following the Paschal Full Moon, which this year falls on Sunday, April 12th.

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The Making of a Redpoint Climber

By Matt Jones

There are many ways to approach climbing just like there are many flavors of ice cream at Baskin Robbins; none necessarily “better” than the next.  Some people enjoy the challenge of the onsight: to send (no falling/hanging on rope) a route first try with no information (beta).  Some like to try and flash a climb: i.e. send a route first try,while having beta about the route before the attempt is acceptable. 

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Our story will continue

By Lara Grosjean

Just over 17 years ago, on Valentine’s Day in 2003, I was at a lovely little wine bar in Colorado Springs called Shuga’s, talking to an attractive man at the bar. Over the course of the evening, he told me that he was an engineer but wanted to quit his job and sail around the world. He had grown up in Portland, Oregon and had been sailing since he was a young boy. He read Joshua Slocum’s book, Sailing Alone Around the World, and had dreamed of doing something similar ever since.

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So Now What?

By Ciara Abeyta

Honestly, this isn’t ideal.

This situation isn’t ideal at all, and my heart goes out to those who have been greatly impacted and affected by the world’s current condition. Where did it all go wrong?  Where did this all begin?

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Member Spotlight: The Journey of Must’a Been High (5.13c R/X)

By Noah McKelvin

Photo Credit: Luke Negley

To set a goal for yourself that seems so beyond your comprehension of ever achieving is one of the many gifts we get in life. To achieve something not many people have done usually means you must put yourself through something others aren’t willing to do. In all my years of climbing, this concept has remained a constant for me. Simply put, I must give it my all. I think climbing is about pushing well beyond your mental and emotional barrier. In those moments, you find out who you really are.

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