Turning 25

I like to think that my quarter life crisis happened last summer, driving to work at 5:30 in the morning, and listening to “Escape” by Rupert Holmes (aka “The Pina Colada Song”). I was freaking out. I was about to turn 24 and still in undergrad with no real forward momentum in my life, or…

Girl, You Got Guns!

A few weeks ago I took my car to get my oil changed. I was supposed to go to a barre class with a girl friend of mine and was wearing the expected yoga pant and tank top attire when I walked up to the register. At some point, between rummaging through my purse and paying…

A Goodbye to Expectations

My mom called me as my boyfriend and I were just leaving the New River Gorge vicinity, heading back to Atlanta after a week that was somewhere between delightful and fun, and stressful and disgusting. My mom called me because a friend I had run into on my trip, who I hadn’t seen in almost…

Being Authentically Feminine

Last week, multiple articles were released regarding women in outdoor social media, the topic usually involving how we appear. Sometimes we’re beautiful with nice hair and a full face of make up. Sometimes we’re beautiful with wild hair, no make up and a little bit of blood and dirt. Sometimes we’re just straight up covered…

Dear Climber Guys

Dear climber guys, On this day, the day women celebrate each other internationally, when we are supposed to skip work to support the Women’s March, and only a few days after Flash Foxy’s Women’s Climbing Festival, I thought I’d take a moment or two to remind you that we haven’t forgotten about you. Sure, we…

It’s All Slopers From Here

Why do you climb? Why are you in school? What’s driving you to keep going?   The first question, “Why do you climb?” was asked by my boyfriend while I sat underneath a boulder problem, trying desperately not to cry or say terrible things about myself. I didn’t have an answer for him. I felt…

That Magic Sports Bra

Every time I open Instagram on my phone, which–let’s be honest–is all the time, I see beautiful, strong women crushing boulders or training for projects. Most of the time it’s inspiring; it makes me want to train just as hard; it motivates me to stop binge watching West World or Stranger Things and go to…

Fear & Anxiety

I’ve been climbing with a wonderful woman named Shaina. She leads burly offwidth trad routes, boulders harder than me, listens to me talk about anxiety with climbing, and somehow manages to convince me to try sport lead climbing again. Basically, she’s a magical fairy with dope back muscles, great hair, and a tendency to show…

Driving and- uh, What’s that Smell?

I love road trips, either by myself listening to Harry Potter on Audible or with whatever friends I can convince to join me. My favorite ones are when I get to spend more than just one night in a tent and relax for more than just a few days. Spring break is that time of…

What I Learned from Climbing with Ladies

Between work and school, finding time for climbing outside can sometimes be a struggle. For a long time, my go-to climbing partner was my boyfriend. I love climbing with him. He’s hilarious, pushes me to try harder and often gives me excellent advice. He is always excited about climbing and is probably one of the…