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ahnsight: Goat Rock

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Goat Rock

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After almost a year of nonstop hard work day in and day out we...

After almost a year of nonstop hard work day in and day out we are almost there. We are gunna bring the climbing community the app it deserves. We are tired of seeing huge corporate companies launching apps that are half ass for climbers.

We are complete DIY. We are self funded. We are climbers. We are doing this.

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Hello Steph,
My name is Joana and I am from Barcelona, I have been following you since you write High Infatuation: A Climber’s Guide to Love and Gravity and in the present moment I am nearly to finish your book of Learning to Fly.
I have been climbing for more than 10 years, and I have been really inspired by your writings, but this last one has carried me to try skydiving for first time in my life, I made a 1st tandem jump and I enjoyed the sensations, then I started two weeks ago my AFF course, a minicourse (tandem + 1st level). The 2nd tandem was better but the 1st level was very scary for me, I get very nervous when they opened the door of the plane, I tried to breathe and stay calm but I couldn’t, so I jumped off like a cat thrown by a window, with my hands scratching the air and my body position very tense, I couldn’t manage to check correctly my altimeter and my instructor opened my parachute, fortunately the landing was perfect.
I am not sure in doing the next levels of the AFF course, I need some more inspiration or some push, this is the reason why I wrote you, because I want to learn how to deal with this fears, this can help me in climbing harder and why not in personal life and new achievements.
Congratulations for the amazing books, I love the way you write about your feelings and emotions, true inspiration.
I wish you the best!
Joana

Hi Joana,
Thanks for writing to me " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> I’m sorry to hear you had a bad jump for your first AFF–most people I know have stories ranging from they can’t remember the freefall at all to being incredibly tense. I asked my boyfriend Ian about losing altitude awareness and not pulling, because he’s a skydive instructor–he said that’s exactly why you have instructors with you on your AFF jumps and why the system is organized to progress you through the levels when you and your instructor feel you are ready. The photo here is my first AFF jump 10 years ago, and see how there are two instructors holding on to all my arms and legs through the whole freefall….it’s exactly to keep you from doing anything you’re not supposed to do " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> Nobody does something perfectly the first try, and that’s why AFF is set up the way it is.

I’m not sure I can give you advice on whether you want to continue skydiving or not, but I think you may want to give it a little time before making an “official” decision. That’s one thing I’ve noticed in my time as a jumper: jumping is so emotional for people that they often need to officially declare that they do or don’t jump anymore after certain intense experiences. Things always change and we always change, and I don’t think you need to decide everything in black or white immediately. Doing another AFF jump or two, or not, doesn’t mean that you are committed to skydiving or not skydiving, it just means you are doing some jumps, or not. I would say don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself either way. All the decisions and emotions feel super intense right now and that’s part of the deal with skydiving and why the fear element is so powerful with it, but it won’t look the same over time.

The real question for you is whether you like skydiving and (or) feel it’s a valuable experience for you. It may not be possible to answer that right now because it’s all so new and overwhelming. I know that I found AFF very stressful, partly because I felt so much pressure to remember all the little things I was supposed to do and demonstrate on every jump, and I was incredibly relieved when I got to do my first solo jump and I didn’t have to remember a list of tasks and do them all in the right order. My AFF jumps were exciting and intense and inspiring for me, I’m not sure if they were “fun.” Often with BASE jumping at a new site, I enjoy the second jump (and third, fourth, fifth) a lot more than I enjoy the first one, because the first one was more about dealing with the unknowns than relaxing and enjoying it. When dealing with fear in any creature, whether human, dog or horse, repetition and gradual desensitization is always the answer–it’s not instant or even glamorous, but it is the secret.
I wish you the best!
Steph

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adventuresoffinder: Climbing Juice 5.7 in Leavenworth, Sept...

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Climbing Juice 5.7 in Leavenworth, Sept 2016

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Hi Steph,
I really enjoyed your honest account of your ACL injury. Thank-you. I’m currently experiencing the same post operative panic about stretching the graft – four days after surgery my left heel (aclr left leg) slipped off my right foot as i was lifting it and hit the floor. Drop of about 3/4 foot. I felt a sharp stabbing pain at the back of my knee where the graft tunnel would be. My surgeon has said that it would take a lot more force to dislodge a bone-patellar graft but it continues to incite panic.

I currently live in Hong Kong and despite my years of paragliding (which is excellent in this city believe it or not) and surfing, I tore my ACL in a motorcycle accident. I was lucky that I got out of it with only two broken ribs and a torn ACL.

As you highlighted, the hardest part is immobility and being housebound. Fear seems to be an ever present part of my world at the moment despite everyone’s reassurances.

Thanks again for the article and any words of encouragement would be most welcome:)
Iain

Hi Iain,
If your surgeon said you didn’t tear your graft, I bet you didn’t. I was continuously having minor panic attacks about tearing mine the first 2-6 months after surgery. I still had them a year after surgery! It really wasn’t until 2 years after the surgery that I finally trusted my graft and my knee, but I am not a very trusting person especially after someone (in this case, my knee) has let me down once already 😉

I feel your panic! I think I was more panicked than any post-op ACL surgery patient in the history of the world: I was continuously convinced I had torn the graft in the first 2 months after surgery. I drove 3.5 hours to Salt Lake to see my surgeon, because I was afraid I pivoted too much on my left leg when getting into the driver’s seat of my car, and that I surely had torn the graft. I wore my Don-Joy brace every time I skydived on BASE jumped for almost 2 years after surgery. Trust in Allah, but always tie your camel.

If you have easy access to your surgeon and he tells you things are still fine, then just go see him whenever you are having a panic attack. And, BE CAREFUL. I basically assumed my graft had the durability of toilet paper for the first 6 months after surgery and treated it accordingly. Better to be paranoid than in for surgery #. I talked to people who tore their grafts because they went out dancing at a bar, rode their bikes, or went skiing in the first 2 months. So don’t do that stuff for a while. Don’t do anything that has the potential to tear your graft, particularly for the first few months!

I had my surgery in 2009, and I can’t even tell now: it was definitely worth it 🙂 I feel so fortunate to live in a time and place where they can give me my ACL back.
Steph

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@paisleyanneyoga warming up at the Outrage Wall in Potrero Chico, Mexico. #potrerochico #sportclimbing #climbing #limestone

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The centerpiece of the party was a glass bedroom. Katherine was the girl behind the glass, a living work of art. She wasn’t supposed to pay attention to the guests, but through the crowd Rob had held her eyes. And he certainly hadn’t missed the centerpiece. That’s how they met. Through a glass box, through the crowd, and through their love to create and live their art. A year and a half later they’re still sharing a slightly less public box in LA.
Mount Whitney Trail, California
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A week in California to start the New Year.

A week in California to start the New Year.

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Good afternoon ma’am! Just wanted to drop a quick note to say thanks.

I’ve been climbing off and on for about 11 years depending on my location. Last week I was finally able to get back on the wall, albeit below the yellow bouldering line, after taking a long hiatus due to injuries. Back in 2010 I got my fourth head injury along with neck injury while stationed overseas with the Air Force. Up to that point I thrived and craved being on the rock and like many things that was taken away when I broke my brain. During my first 2 years of recovery my climbing partner would sneak me out to some of our favorite crags and let me play around. It was never the same tho, no one wanted me to belay them and they would only let me top rope out of fear they’d break me more. I use to love the adrenaline rush and controlling the fear in exchange for the freedom of all my extreme sports. All of my prior professional training and education is worthless now since I’ll never be the same as I once was so I’m looking slowly towards the activities I use to enjoy so much. I’m determined not to be defined by the label of “disabled veteran” and reclaim some of the of those activities.

During my recovery time I would spend a lot of time trying to find inspiration and a way forward with my life. I really enjoyed both of your books and your “Choosing to Fly” TedxBoulder. Over the last 18 months or so since I left active duty, much of what you said about risk, loss, and living life resonated with me. It gave me hope that while I may never fly aerobatics, fight fire, race downhill mountain bikes, or do crazy shenanigans again, there were many things I could still do. Climbing is going to be one of them. I may not do another V6 or 5.13 anytime soon, I can start on below the yellow line and eventually belay, top, and then lead again.

That said, keep writing, posting, flying, and climbing….its important to some of us with broken brains but hopeful minds!

Happy Holidays and stay safe out there!
Rachel
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“We are not defined by our many scars, but by what we do when the wounds close.”
-Heroes and Horses Motto

Hi Rachel,
Thank you for writing to me and telling your story. I’m very sorry to hear about your injuries, and I think your approach is proactive and positive. I know you’re not alone, because other people with similar injuries have written to me and are actively climbing. You’re right, life is about focus. It feels good to focus on what we can do and what we have–that is the way forward.
Wishing you good holidays and a fine start to 2017!
Steph

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One of my favorite ways to waste time on the Internet as of late is perusing @YouDidNotSleepThere, a social media account that exists solely to celebrate Instagram’s “most illogical campsites.”

It’s populated with jaw-dropping images of tents, bivvies, and hammocks strung up and pitched in the most head-scratching locations possible (seriously, you did not sleep there). But amusement aside, I find the pictures infuriating because of one very big, nagging, underlying issue: the cost of that epic shot, that incredible photo opportunity, that social media gold? An increased human footprint on fragile, untouched ecosystems.

I think it’s safe to say most of us know about the seven Leave No Trace principles—but do we really know them? And more importantly, do we always abide by them? Are we doing more than “bending” the rules when we seek to go off the beaten path? Toss a little soapy dish water into the woods? Throw an apple core out the window?

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Emy Gelb and her boyfriend, Alex Roberts, are on a mission to remind us what it means to really Leave No Trace. The duo left their lives in Washington to hit the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, and now spending more than 250 nights a year camping as they travel across the Western United States to teach outdoor ethics to land managers, school children, park staff and everyone in between.

“At 32 and 29, respectively, we thought it was the perfect time to seize the opportunity for another adventure before laying down roots and settling into ‘adult’ life,” says Gelb. “Our goal is to help protect the places we love by inspiring others to enjoy them responsibly.”

Along the way, the couple has experienced some incredible mountains, rivers, canyons, and coastlines. But they’ve also seen the negative impact humans can have on a place, from trash-littered trails and wildfires to vandalized archeological sites. With more and more people getting outside to soak up nature’s wonders, it’s important that we learn how to leave our favorite places better than when we found them.

And you can do something. YOU can do something. The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace  serve as a simple framework to help empower you make responsible decisions while outside. Here’s Emy and Alex’s guide on exactly how to use them:

Plan Ahead and Prepare

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Have you ever finished a hike wet, hungry and with a flat tire? We most certainly have, and it’s not awesome. Plan Ahead and Prepare is Leave No Trace’s first, and in our opinion, most important principle because it helps you avoid getting stuck in unfortunate and sometimes dangerous situations. As they say, fail to plan and plan to fail. So next time you set off for an adventure, do your research. Check the weather and road conditions, repackage your food in Ziploc bags or Tupperware, think about how you are going to pack out your waste, and double check that you have a map, headlamp, and extra layers.

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces

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While setting up camp in a beautiful meadow right next to an alpine lake might seem like an amazing photo opportunity, it can also have unintended negative consequence on the environment. Alpine and riparian plants are often extremely sensitive, and can take a long time to recover from the impact of our footsteps. Instead, find a durable surface ( like an established campsite, dirt, grass, or rock) located 200 feet from a water source to camp on. Stay on trails, and when going off trail, spread out to minimize your impact. Switch into sandals at night to soften your footstep. If you’re planning on staying more than one night, move your camp around the area to help plants recover faster.

Dispose of Waste Properly

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This principle covers everything from why it is important to pack out your apple core on a day hike to emptying your Diva Cup in the backcountry. One of the most common questions we’ve heard on the road is how to do dishes while camping. We use a multi bucket system, and then strain our grey water with a mesh strainer from GoodWill, but an old bandana or Ziploc bag filled with dried grass or pine duff works great too! Make sure to pack out the food particles in your garbage and then broadcast the dirty water 200 feet (100 big steps) away from camp and water sources.

Leave What You Find

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One tiny piece at a time, tons of petrified wood are pillaged from Petrified Forest National Park every year. When we pick wildflowers, we also pick the seeds that would become next year’s bloom. Invasive species hitchhike on the soles of our boots and the bilges of our boats, devastating fragile eco-systems. Archeological sites get looted and defaced by visitors just “wanting a piece of history” or to “leave their mark.” Leaving what you find also means leaving places better than how you found them, and preserving their “WOW!” factor for years to come.

Minimize Fire Impacts

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Campfires are magical—we’re the first to admit that! We love sharing stories and a bottle of whiskey around the glow of a campfire. We also know that after one too many sips of Bulleit Rye, it’s easy to lose track of who is going to put the fire out. So next time you’re going to have a campfire, minimize your chance of starting a wildfire by designating someone to be on fire duty. Drown the fire out with water (never burn trash or food in the fire) until the coals are cool to the touch. Wood used in campfires can also transport hitchhikers like the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle which has decimated forests around the country. Make sure to buy your wood where you will burn it to avoid spreading diseases or pests.

Respect Wildlife

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We’ve all heard about the Yellowstone tourists who tried to rescue a cold baby bison by putting it in their mini-van. We’ve seen “selfies” of people feeding a curious chipmunk or friendly crow. While well intentioned, these acts wreck havoc on wild animals and their behavior toward humans. So next time you venture out, help keep wildlife wild by storing your food properly, cleaning up your crumbs, and packing out your apple cores and microtrash. Give animals space and try to keep your noise down. When we play outside, we’re visiting in their home. Treat it like you would your in-laws’ house … very respectfully.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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More and more people are getting outside, which is awesome! In order to create new environmental stewards, we need to people to connect and develop relationships with our public lands. However, this also means that we sometimes share our favorite, secret waterfall with hundreds of other visitors on a Saturday afternoon. Be kind, be patient, and be aware. If you see someone acting less than Leave No Trace, show compassion and use it as a teachable moment. Remember, we share these spaces and it’s up to us all to help keep them special!

Help protect the places you love by joining the Leave No Trace movement! Whether you bring along an extra trash bag to share at the hot springs, suggest a campfire alternative to your friends during wildfire season, or stop to smile at everyone on the trail, you are practicing Leave No Trace and inspiring stewardship—easy, huh? Together, our collective efforts will make a lasting difference in preserving our public lands for generations to come.

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