A Letter to Secretary Ryan Zinke

The first time I went to Bears Ears National Monument was for spring break two years ago. Myself and two friends drove non-stop for nearly 24 hours so that we could climb it’s world renowned canyon walls. Never in my life have I been so awe-inspired by a place so wild and isolated. The news…

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…

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…

How Physical Challenge Provides Mental Break Throughs

 Post originally written for Fayettechill. I remember once babbling on to my dad about how incredibly buff professional rock climbers Alex Puccio and Lisa Rands were and how I wanted to be strong like them. My dad looked at me, “you are buff!” He proceeded to tell me all the other changes he had noticed as…