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Born to be a Nomad Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Climbing Back - A Video of Climbing After Pregnancy
Just a little weight training on the hangboard. Raili Curry hanging around with her daughter Koa. Photo credit: Mario Stanley.
As a continuation to celebrating mothers everywhere, I have a special post for today.
Have you ever wondered what it might be like to climb through pregnancy? Or how it will be after you've given birth? In a video I put together of local crusher and new mom,Raili Currytalks about her journey through pregnancy as a climber, her expectations she set for herself once she gave birth and the reality of those expectations after actually having her daughter.
I had so much fun making this video and it reminded me of the days when I had to balance taking care of a newborn and trying to find the time to climb. I'm sure many climbing mothers out there can relate!
Climb On, Sister!
I've always stood by the tagline of Climb On, Sister! - "A Celebration of Women and Climbing" - and there's no better way to showcase this than what American Alpine Club has created. In honor of Women's History Month (March) and International Women's Day (March 8th) the folks at AAC have put together an online "exhibit" where you can explore the history of women in climbing. Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news American Alpine Club Celebrates Women's History Month and International Women's Day!
They've highlighted a few major achievements in the female climbing community, as well as provided interviews. They've also showcased pictures from Instagram that use #ClimbLikeAGirl. So check it out by clicking the picture below, tag your pics with #climblikeagirl, and climb on, sister!
THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED THE GIVEAWAY! IT IS NOW CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR FUTURE GIVEAWAYS! Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news BE headwear Bluetooth Beanies Review AND Giveaway
Bluetooth beanie and headband!
I first heard of BE Headwear when they contacted me via Instagram asking me to be part of their street team. I didn't know what to think at first, but take one look at the BE Headwear website and you'll get stoked about their products.
BE Headwear makes beanies and headbands that are Bluetooth capable. You can talk on your smart phone through the built-in mic, listen and change music tracks, and adjust the volume using only the device hidden inside of the beanie or headband. Perfect for outdoor adventures without disturbing others with your own music, if you ask me.
I received my package a few days after our recent Red Rocks climbing trip (more on that on another post) so I wasn't able to try it out while climbing, but it came just in time to keep my head and ears warm during the cold front that came through when we returned from our trip. My initial thoughts about the products were:
1. The beanie and headband were well constructed.
2. The products were easy to charge and begin using.
3. You don't even notice the headphones or Bluetooth control while wearing the item.
4. So easy to use, anyone could figure it out.
5. It kept me warm (most important of all).
And here are some facts (product specifications) for you tech-heads out there.
Taken from the BE Headwear site:
Bluetooth V3.0+EDr
Frequency 2.402-2.48 GHz
Transmission Distance 10ft
Transmission distance of Mic 3ft
Li-Polymer Battery 3.7V
Charging time 2-3 hours USB
Stand by time 60 hours
Continuous working time 3 ish hours(battery life depends on usage, device type, temp outside, etc..we are always looking at making battery life longer)
Speaker Diameter: 30mm
Magnet Type: NdFeB
Frequency Response: 20-20k Hz
Impedance: 16 ohms
USB Charge Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news BE headwear Bluetooth Beanies Review AND Giveaway
Be outdoors and keep your music to yourself with bluetooth beanies!
Have I got you psyched yet? If not, how about if I tell you you could win your very own BE Headwear party band, pictured below? Now you're psyched, huh?! Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news BE headwear Bluetooth Beanies Review AND Giveaway
Win this bluetooth party band in Pink, Yellow, or Black!
Follow the instructions below to be entered to win the party band by BE Headwear! One entry per person. Giveaway ends on 12/12/2014.
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Climb On, Sister! Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Behind the Shot: CliBehind the Shot: Climbing the Glacial Fin on Kilimanjaro Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Bikini Boulderers CaBikini Boulderers Calendar
Today again all of my possessions, including two


mats and four summer tyres, have to fit in my car. It’s a very small car. That’s the third time this year that I’m moving everything. My flatmate left some two hours ago aeady for the first day of ski touring this winter. Newly covered in snow, Chamonix looks amazing. I wish I could stay. Yesterday was my last day in the office. For six months I worked for EpicTV. I […]
So you've decided to go on a


trip, to a far away land, and don't know what to do about your


pads? You're flying to your destination and don't know if you can fly with your crashpads? Well look no further. Below you'll find a list of options that will hopefully fit your trip budget.
I've compiled this list from my own personal research (thanks Google) and from suggestions from other climbers. Before Aaron and I left for our two week Red Rock Canyon trip, we had to decide which one of the following would be best for us. Find out which one we chose at the end of this post!

Option 1: Rent crash pads at the destination
This option is great if the location you're going to has a place to rent crash pads. Browse the net for places to rent pads, call the company, and reserve them ahead of time (if you can). Depending on the length of your stay, this may be the more economical option. Obviously, the longer you stay, the more it'll cost. Which at that point, you may want to look into the following options instead.
Option 2: Fly with your crashpads
Check the baggage allowance guidelines with your airline(s) by calling or going online. Most (if not all) airlines have a sporting equipment section that allows for larger sized baggage to be checked at the ticket counter. Most ticket agents aren't familiar with what crash pads are, so you can explain them as being gymnastics equipment (which allows for much larger dimensions than your average sized luggage).
Typically, the cost of checking in crash pads as sporting equipment will only cost you the regular amount of a checked bag. You shouldn't have to pay over-sized baggage fees, which can get very costly. Again, check with your airline.

Option 3: Buy a crashpad at your destination
Buying a crashpad may be costly, but it may be to your benefit if you'd rather not fly with one and if the cost of renting would be much more than buying. To cut down on cost, you can get some of your money back by selling the crash pad at a discounted rate before your trip ends.

Option 4: Ask a friend
Of course, if you have friends that are willing to lend you their crash pads when you get to your destination, this option is by far the most cost effective. Just be sure to take care of the pads and remember to clean them up when you return them.
So which option did Aaron and I choose for our trip? After taking the cost into consideration, we ended up flying with our pads. We took two regular sized pads, one Stonelick Boom Royale (which is probably one of the largest crash pads out there), and an Evolv Wingman.We strapped the two regular sized pads together, squeezed the tiny wingman pad inside the two, and wrapped all of it in painting tarp (which made it look like one really thick pad). Then we cut a hole where the handle was so we could carry it easily. The mega-pad stayed as is, except that we took the straps off and packed them in our luggage so that the straps wouldn't get stuck in the conveyer belts.
All in all, it wasn't too terribly difficult to fly with the crash pads. For us, I think it was a little more logistically challenging due to the fact we had baby gear, our luggage, and a toddler who wanted to be held most of the time to deal with. I'm sure it would be much simpler with less luggage to tote around. Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Bouldering Crash Pad Options for Extended Climbing Trips
We forgot to take a photo with all our luggage, so here's part of what we brought with us during our trip. You can see the pads wrapped in tarp on top of the pile. Our mega-pad was still on the floor.
I hope this post has been informative! Good luck and happy sending!
Climb On, Sister!
In a previous Training Tuesday post, Sarah Groman showed us how to foam roll the major areas of the body we use for climbing in a full-length instructional video. This week, she gives us some tips on how to choose a foam roller. Rock climbing and bouldering pictures and news Choosing a Foam Roller. A Guest Post by Sarah Groman
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written by Sarah Groman

Personally, I think what it comes down to when buying a foam roller is whether or not the person has used one before, how heavily they will use it, and what they are using it for. Foam rollers come in different densities, as well as full cylinder or half-cylinder. While the full cylinder rollers offer more to those who wish to get more of the myofacial release in their muscles, the half rollers provide good stability training for proprioception and balance, and may also be more suitable for people with less strength or muscle tone.Because the video takes you through a workout with a full-cylinder, my tips in this part are geared more toward that.

First, I would recommend testing out a few different foam rollers, either at your gym, from someone you know, or a store that sells them. This is a good way to determine the firmness of the roller you can tolerate. For those using a foam roller for the first time, it's best to go with one that is less dense. When you're using it, it's your entire body weight that is being put on those trigger points, and the less dense it is, the more "wiggle room" your musles have. For those who have been using one for a while and are simply looking to increase their usage by making part of the family, I would recommend going for something with more density. In most cases, a plain white foam roller is going to be the least dense, while a black or blue will offter more density for those who are more familiar and comfortable using it. A thicker one is also recommended for someone who will make heavy use of it.

For those new to foam rolling who decide to go this route, it is important to know that there will be discomfort the first few times you roll over the sore spots on your muscles. If you decide to go with a denser roller, decide if you want a smooth or ribbed foam roller. I myself own a ribbed, and I absolutely love it. I will definitely say that I had already been using the foam roller as a fitness tool on and off for a while, and I wanted something that
1) was going to really provide a more targeted pressure for those pesky adhesion points, and
2) was going to last a while.

I ended up purchasing a Thera-Roll foam roller, and couldn't be happier. I use it after almost every workout on either my back, glutes, hips, obliques, or legs. It's extremely versatile, and the ridges, from my experience, offer much better deep tissue pressure than the smooth foam rollers. The medium, which is what I have, will run around $35. While you can get a foam roller for $15, I will just say that you get what you pay for. Trigger Point is also a good brand for a ribbed foam roller. They will be a little more expensive, but I won't deny their quality in product. For smooth foam rollers, Gold's Gym offers their own brand, as well as Gaiam, and OPTP. OPTP is great because it specifies density in the product name on the home website. Their website also has a few other styles available, as well as reasonably priced education books

To sum up: 1) Decide what you want to use it for 2)Test out a few foam rollers 3) Determine which density you want 4) Smooth or ribbed 5) Price. Again, you get what you pay for
I hope this post gave you some insight into the different types of foam rollers and which one might be best suited for your needs!

Climb On, Sister!
On September 10th at MetroRock in Boston, the HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation will be hosting their Climb4Life event with athlete Whitney Boland. I had the immense pleasure of getting know her and her work with HERA, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and money for ovarian cancer research. Though I hadn’t heard of her before, […]