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At this point, most climbers understand that using a hangboard is the best way to build finger strength.  However, while hangboards are simple tools, using them properly and with minimal risk of injury is a little more complicated. To help you […]

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The simplicity of pulling on a pair of cold climbing shoes. The hiss of a Jetboil camp stove. Stretching your limbs under a fading desert sun. These micro-moments make up a feeling many of us have experienced, but few of us can articulate.

“That feeling of craving wildness, and finding it, and then taking it back with us to our ‘normal’ lives is what this project was born from.”

Good thing we have writer and director Hilary Oliver to do it for us.

“I think we all probably have those moments when we just want to ‘get out’,” she tells us.  “We’re overwhelmed, overstimulated and just worn out with modern life. Sometimes it just take a little time in someplace quiet, under a big sky, to start to remember what we’re really made of.”

Oliver captured the sentiment in her directorial debut, ‘Being Here,” which she produced with her sister, Whitney Oliver, and photographer Becca Skinner. The short film scored the People’s Choice award at the 5Point Film Festival and premiered yesterday online.

 

“I had the opportunity to live out of a van, traveling around the American West for a couple of years,” says Oliver. “And when my boyfriend and I finally settled back into an apartment, I found myself craving that feeling of waking up with the sunrise, hearing the birds sing—basically, understanding that I exist within the world of nature. That feeling of craving wildness, and finding it, and then taking it back with us to our ‘normal’ lives is what this project was born from.”

This post was originally written for and published by GrindTV.com.

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How to Become a Sponsored Climber
Some of the awesome companies I've had the privilege of representing in the past.
 
If you're serious about rock climbing, at some point, the thought of "how do I get free gear?" or "how can I get sponsored?" eventually enters your mind, but you don't know where to start or what's even involved with the process. Having represented seven brands in the past (as either a sponsored athlete or ambassador), I've picked up a little knowledge on the subject and I've taken the time to write it down for you guys. 
 
The first step in becoming a sponsored athlete is to determine what you want from a company and evaluate what your goals are with the sponsorship. Do you want gear? Do you want to pay for an upcoming trip? Do you want to go on a year long adventure? Companies want to know exactly what it is you're after in order to approve or decline your request/application. Write this down, build a list of goals. This will come in handy when you prepare your applications. 
 
Another important aspect to remember when becoming an ambassador/sponsored climber is that you'll be a role model. Climbing company's will expect you to represent their brand in a positive light. So, you'll also want to look at what YOU can offer the company. Are you involved with the climbing community in any way? Do you have influence amongst other climbers? 
 
Many companies are looking to get more exposure via social media as well (Instagram, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, YouTube, blogs etc.) so building an online presence is a plus. It's not absolutely necessary, but it does look more appealing to a company when you can reach people across the globe with marketing their products. With how powerful online marketing has become, companies are turning towards athletes to spread the word about upcoming events, product releases, and getting their name out there. 
 
Once you've got a better idea of the above, you'll want to do some research. Were there certain companies you were interested in applying to? Or are you more of a "I'll take what I can get" type of person? 
 
I've learned that, although it's great to be picked up by any climbing related company, the ones I'm most loyal to and used products from for years are the ones I represent the best. You don't want free gear from a company when you don't even like the products they're trying to sell. It just doesn't motivate you to spread the word. 
 
When you determine what companies you'd be interested in applying to, see if the companies are looking for ambassadors/sponsored athletes. There's usually a link on websites to fill out an application. If not, you can just send an email and see if they're currently looking. It's basically like a job search. 
 
And with a job search, comes putting together a resume. When you're ready, create a climber resume. Highlight your achievements, but also what you have to offer the company as well as your future goals. This is where climbing difficult grades can come in handy, but you don't have to be at the top of the game in order to look marketable. Sell yourself, just like a regular job resume. Include a climbing headshot as part of the resume. Type up a cover letter as well. It helps to look professional since it shows you're willing to take the initiative.
 
Then...send out your applications. You'll either get accepted on not. If your application is declined, deal with it and move on. If you are picked up by a company, you'll most likely have an area representative (who'll become your point of contact) and they'll start you off with discounted gear. You may eventually move into getting free gear, then monetary stipends, and if all goes according to plan, you'll become a full-blown sponsored elite athlete where you're receiving a monthly paycheck to go rock climbing. Of course, the latter is the ultimate dream for any climber, but there's no room for dreaming small dreams here.
 
So there it is! I hope this helps in your goals to become a sponsored athlete. I wish you the best of luck! And remember to keep climbing for the fun of it, not just to become sponsored. 
 
Climb On, Sister!
 

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So many climbers wish they were better, but they don’t actually act on it. Our culture reinforces the notion that it’s talent and some mysterious predispositions that get people up the ranks in whatever they do. We celebrate outcomes, yet we don’t celebrate the process. The work that is put in remains hidden, creating an illusion that champions are born. However, research actually proves that it’s consistency and repetition that breed success. Not everyone can be Shauna Coxsey, but everyone can […]

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To get started in the outdoors, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to be a little brave. Inspired by a TED Talk given by Reshma Saujani, Dirtbag Darling is aiming to foster a community that encourages more women and girls (ourselves included) to take risks instead of pursuing perfection. We believe introducing women to the outdoors can change the future.

In the spirit of our mission, Dirtbag Darling contributor Amanda Ciesielczyk will be reporting back as she takes risks and pursues a long list of outdoor experiences in Durango, Colorado. 

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I have a good friend who I mountain bike and snowboard with quite often. She knows a lot of random people in Durango, Colorado, and is always up for playing in the mountains. Recently I noticed that her phrase for people that excel at a certain sport is “badass.” We’ll be out on a ride together and she says, “Oh, you’ve got to meet my friend [insert female name here] she’s a badass [insert sport here].”

I’m pretty stoked that Durango has so many badass athletes, but after living here for nearly three years, I find myself constantly wondering one thing: When will I be dubbed “badass”?

You see, I am self-labeled “perpetual beginner.” I am active and athletic, but I’ve never spent a copious amount of time dedicated to excelling at one sport, eating it up for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pushing myself to my limits. So I’ve been asking myself lately: “Am I okay with this? Is this who I want to be?”

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With the understanding that I am constantly changing my mind, challenging myself to try new things and then becoming easily disenchanted and moving on to the next idea (I am, of course, a Gemini)—YES. I’m cool with it.

I welcome learning new things, meeting new people and pushing my body in new ways. Take mountain biking, for instance. Last spring, I took up mountain biking. I bought a hardtail—that’s all I could afford with my 40-percent off promotive deal—and immediately hit the trail. I fell in love.

Then we got a puppy (an adorable Blue Heeler-Border Collie named Reins) and she couldn’t follow along at such a young age, so the bike was hung up in the garage for the summer.

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Come fall, it was time to begin again. Reins had grown enough to hit the single-track and we went out to the trail together. We both fell in love with mountain biking. I crush for the fast-paced, wavy downhill reward that the strenuous uphill delivers. Through spring, my downhill drive and capability has truly progressed.

But let’s talk about that uphill. Brutal. I am always the slowest in the group. Anytime someone asks, “Want to take a break?” I’m there.  I’m not “badass” at it, and I’m pretty nervous when hitting the trail with my pro mountain biking friends, never wanting to slow people down or ask for a break when it’s obvious absolutely no one else needs one.

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In Durango, at least, there are different “types” of rides you’ll go on. I don’t mean different trail ratings, because I’m always up for challenging myself on a new trail, but instead rides for different ability levels.

There’s the casual, “How far, how long do you want to go?” ride, where you just set out on the trail with no real plans or pace. Then there’s the “Let’s crush this trail” ride that merits a tailgate beer afterwards. And lastly, there’s the “Race” ride, where the town’s many professional racers push themselves to the brink.

I’m all in for the first two and I completely respect the latter. But with my “badass” mountain biking friends there’s always an impulse is to race, soo sometimes I just have to hit the trails separately and aspire solo.

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And I’m okay with that. I’ll keep pushing myself on that uphill single-track and meet up with the crew for a thirst-quenching ale post-ride.

Now about trail running…

 

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