Posts tagged Climbing
Growing up Asian in the American South

Diversity, racism and sexism are things that many people are not comfortable talking about—myself included.  We do things like rock climb to get away from society, to escape the norm—including politics and racism. But I realized that my refusal to address those issues had more to do with my discomfort. I needed to find confidence and comfort. Climbing gave me both.

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Injured? Chronic Pain? Try These Tips!

I was 13 years old when I suddenly collapsed while I was walking to my science class. I couldn’t walk. I went to several doctors who could not offer any solutions, apart from major surgery. My mom finally took me to a chiropractor who adjusted my back and eased my pain. I found out that I suffered from hip subluxation, which is partial dislocation of the hip out of the socket. Simple movement such as walking or bending over caused my hip to pop out of the joint. For the rest of my life, I would need to see a chiropractor.

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Meet Paris: An East Coast Climber and Ninja Warrior!

Paris Brown has always dealt with performance anxiety—never more so than her qualifying round for American Ninja Warrior Season 9. She had an agonizingly heartbreaking fall off of the second obstacle on the course. And just like that her season was over. But her story didn’t end there. Paris got back up and continued training. She is now stronger than ever!

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I Am Not an Angry Black Man

I write because I know I'm not the only one feeling the way that I do. I write because “I’m not Black enough.” I write because I love the outdoors. I write because our voices deserve to be heard.


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Mountaineering Is Hard, But Failure Is Even Harder

And each time I turned around I felt like a complete failure! Maybe it’s the universe’s way of telling me to pick another hobby. A safer hobby. A warmer hobby. In fact, each time I fail, I tend to go through the complete stages of grief. Seriously! I go through denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and the hardest one, acceptance.

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In Anticipation of the Ascent

I’ve purchased my flights and cleared my work schedule. This isn’t just another random vacation; today I’ve selected my next mountaineering objective. It’s no longer merely a lofty vision. There is a sense of palpability every time I glance at those chosen days on the calendar. This adventure that has captured my attention for years is coming nearer with each day. In these times of alpine anticipation, the wise will prepare and capture each valuable minute.

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Bouldering in Llama-Land!

Peru is a wonderful country for all outdoor enthusiasts! There is surfing, mountaineering, rock climbing, mountain biking, and much more.  For those of you who are interested in visiting Peru, I’ll share our experiences to hopefully make your trip planning smoother.  We split our time between Lima and Cusco, so this review will focus on the climbing in those areas.

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Strong Role Models

I can't help but dwell on the idea of where my relentless drive and fiery passion for doing something different, something unusual, despite my race, gender, small stature, and yes, even fear of heights. Although, when I look back, it's easy to realize it was primarily due to my mom and people like her who believed in me, even when I went through phases of not believing in myself.

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