Moments of Reflection: End of Year Inspiration

CIMG0760I just wrapped up an interview with Beaver T from prAna and I get chills every time read through my notes (post under review and once approved I will post soon!).  The interview forced me to dig deep and within beyond climbing.

CIMG0839It has been over a month of having this finger injury and to tie it back to my visit with prAna, as I journey along with my climbing, I am surprised that when I first started I cared more about grades and the physical (or face value) aspect of climbing.   While you read this article, yet again I am posting pictures from an inspiring (and training) hike I did recently in California, just because!

Now I care more about the overall experience and how it helps me grow from within.  I think that that sort of inspiration will ultimately help my climbing.

CIMG0875From the beginning of starting this blog I have always said to enjoy your climbing no matter what the grade.  I mean that.  At the moment, with my finger injury, I have to take it easy.  I have used every session at the gym to work on foot work, endurance, slowly challenge myself, but most of all, the injuries this year has forced me to explore the need to transform into a climber that is balanced and healthy in what they say “mind, body and soul”.

For instance, the other day I went to the gym and I climbed only 5.6, 5.7 and 5.8s consecutively to see how many I could do without pain.  I reached about 11 climbs.  I then a few days later bouldered the 5.10s in the lead cave, and although physically in body movement the climbs did not feel super challenging, the pain and weakness in my right fingers did dictate I was not ready yet to push myself.

CIMG0810I cancelled a trip to El Potrero over Christmas, a family trip fell through, and I thought what will fall on my lap, what am I meant to do? Somehow in just a couple days a miraculous trip came together.  My friend Sophia and I will start from the south of California and tour all the way to Northern California (aka, San Fran).  We will boulder, hike, climb and sight see.  So this trip is not about Doris climbing 24/7, but rather it is more of a true journey.

CIMG0799My goal out of the trip is not to produce a trip report of all my hard sends, but rather I hope this trip helps me meditate on 2012, the good and the lessons learned.  I hope this trip helps me sulk in the beautiful Sierras and draw inspiration when forming my New Years Resolutions as well as making climbing and personal goals for the next year.

This time last year I would have been devastated in cancelling a full fledge climbing trip.  This year I lovingly and soulfully embraced the opportunity to explore and sulk in nature. I am happy to have some climbing and hiking as part of the trip, and also happy I have a non-climbing friend with me on this adventure.  I never realized this, but it is forcing me to experience the other pretty and precious things of life in addition to climbing.  CIMG0876

Together, we hope to experience an adventure to remember!

Meanwhile Sophia and I plan out (kind of, sort of, haha) our Californication adventures, enjoy the slide show of my recent hike in Crystal Cove, CA and….. 

(1) Meditate on 2012, list out the good and the lessons learned (rather than the bad),

(2) Think about a few New Years Resolutions, and

(3) Set at least one climbing and person goal to achieve next year.

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Moments of Reflection: Enjoying Nature’s Gift While Getting Your Climbing Fitness On!

Today I went for a training hike and realized how much I miss hiking and how I need to do it more.  Why? I love all the lovely gifts nature has to give.  This piece is really more about fitness and climbing, but I cannot help but share the loveliness I found today hiking nearby my house.  While you read on my insane thoughts on climbing fitness, let the pictures remind us all of how we can enjoy getting fit for climbing while sulking up the beauty of outdoors.

Just a few years ago, I learned this thing called rock climbing and can I say I truly have become addicted.   However, a recent finger injury has forced me to see that in order to improve my climbing and hopefully prevent injuries, I need to cross train.  Duh!  Well I have known this all along, but I rode the climbing gravy train as long as I could.  This year I have suffered more than one finger injury than I ever have wanted to experience, and ironically both were unavoidable.  One injury was when I was in an easy warm-up, my foot cut off while I was holding onto a pocket and my finger got literally stuck in a pocket.  I was so lucky I did not break my finger.  And just as I was getting over that 4 or so weeks later, I ran my hand into the side of the door and my middle and index finger performed a gymnastic split (plus earlier that day I stressed it on an overhung climb while training hard).  X-rays showed my tendon was overstretched, funny how we turn everything into climbing, but I visited a hand surgeon I interned with over 10 years ago and I told him….”oh my, my tendon has slack in its system!”  He looked at me and said, “I don’t understand that language, but I gather you know exactly what’s going on here!”

That being said, I am very busy traveling around, earning my PhD and doing that thang called a J-O-B and I seriously am just pooped.  So I have been trying to engage in activities I loved before I became a climber.  Running, yoga, surfing, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking were some of my favorite activities.    But, to be realistic, I just cannot do them all at once.  So, I started alternating running and hiking week by week only over the past couple weeks and so far, things are good.

I used to be an elite gymnast and most of my life on through adulthood; I have been quite the skinny chick.  After my divorce, I gained weight, and then I learned about rock climbing.  I know that if I want to really up my game, I need a better weight to strength ratio.  However, I love myself and no longer want to stress and obsess all day striving for a 10% body fat kind of body.   I do however, need to get into better shape and want to avoid building a buff, too muscly type body.  I love the more gymnast/dancer softer look.  So, by default, I almost always like to do callisthenic type of exercises or do higher reps/lower weights.  I know some will disagree, but as a gymnast, I got strong and pushed the limit when I had longer, lean muscles and when I could carry my body weight, rather than have tons of manly muscles.  If you notice gymnasts, they swing and flip, bounce around and execute moves with good form.  As a gymnast, I hardly ever touched weights, had less than 10% body fat and could do over 100 proper push-ups or pull-ups in any sitting.  Gymnasts need the proper body to weight ratio just like climbers.  I am 5’4” and well over 150 lbs., yet I can climb all over the world.

That being said, I attribute my ability to climb so well despite my weight and lack of exercise because of my sheer determination, but 99% due to my ability to understand my body and movement from doing gymnastics so long. Most think I am quite a unique climber, but really, I am always looking for the best technique to get through a move or sequence.  I even think about torque, and physics type crap while I climb!

So I figured, even though I am no fitness expert, I did spend most of my life as an elite athlete and ironically in the kind of sport that I think parallels climbing a lot.  As a gymnast how did I avoid injuries?  I WAS FLEXIBLE and STRONG in the tiny muscle groups, not just large muscle groups.  I also could hold my weight in all kinds of body positions and execute tricks and all kinds of arm locking moves. Sound familiar?  Sounds like the kind of things we do in climbing, right?!?!

 

 

Here are my goals for the next 4-6 weeks:

  • Heal that finger! – While my finger heals, I want to climb fairly easy, and emphasize on technique, focus on soft and precise footwork, transition those D-Money cirque de soleil body movements from gratuitous to intuitive (almost to the point to where it is natural), and work on climbing endurance.
  • Enjoy Nature’s Gifts – I love the outdoors and used to only really enjoy hiking on my climbing approaches.  But now, I realize how much I miss hiking and getting lost in nature.  So I will hike, hike, hike and alternate with trail running.
  • Cross train – As much as I love indulging in fun and fatty foods, I do need to do some cross training and get into better shape. I like to do callisthenic type exercises and lower weight/high reps because, even though I am no expert, I really feel if you simulate exercises that rely on building strength off your body, that can improve one’s climbing. Why?  Climbers agree good strength to weight ratio is money for performance, and I guess if one is strong with his or her body weight, that should not make one’s climbing worse but actually better.

Here is what my last two weeks have looked like.  I plan to do the same the next two weeks, except I will boulder one day and rope climb (easy, endurance) one day vs. boulder every time I go into the gym.  At my 4-6 week point, I will change it up a little and start trying to ease into hang boarding and so on.

Climbing Activities – 1-2 times per week

  • Boulder – My finger hurts on V2s, so I have bouldered all the V0s and V1s & focused on my footwork and technique.  Also rather than ladder up, I take every opportunity to find other ways to get up the problem other than climb up like a ladder…use heel hooks, in steps, back flags, lock offs, and so on.  I then go to the lead cave and on the areas that are slightly overhung to vertical, I boulder 10s and 11s up to about 15 or 20 feet. I do each one about 3-5 times and move on.  I try to not exceed 5 climbs.  Stretch, particularly your fingers, wrists, shoulder, back and legs….oooops, as much as your body you can think of!
  • Endurance Boulder – I up and down climb 3 times without touching the ground up on about 3-5 V0s and 3-5 V1s. I then go to the gym and alternate stretch then some form of opposing muscle exercise with either light weights/high reps or my body weight (e.g., planks).  Stretch, particularly your fingers, wrists, shoulder, back and legs….oooops, as much as your body you can think of!

Non-Climbing Activities – 4 times per week

  • Week 1 – Run 3-5 miles (fairly flat terrain with a couple small hills) 3 days of the week and cross train (arms, legs, then both).  Again, I generally like to do light weights/high reps or use my own body weight (e.g., planks, push ups, etc.). Stretch, particularly your fingers, wrists, shoulder, back and legs….oooops, as much as your body you can think of!
  • Week 2 – Hike about 1-2 hours, medium to fast pace and do some form of yoga that same week. While hiking, every 2-3 songs, stop and drop and do push ups, or lunges, squats, and so on.  I like the number 25 x 2 because it works for me to keep it simple and repetitive.  So after 2-3 songs I drop and do 25 push ups, rest/stretch that area for about 10 seconds, do it again.  Drink water and hike on. Stretch, particularly your fingers, wrists, shoulder, back and legs….oooops, as much as your body you can think of!

Again, I am no expert and have read a ton of everything.  And I keep defaulting back to what I know best, my gymnastic background and what my body likes.

Also, I found this link the other day and not sure yet how, but I think I will incorporate some of these tips in my fitness goals.  Since sharing is for caring….and I am a girl, here you go, for the girlie readers: http://girlbeta.com/category/other-training/.

In the meantime, while I hiked my butt off, I managed to get great pictures, enjoy what gifts nature has to give us!

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Moments of Reflection: Live Life Beautifully

Recently I have injured a tendon in my middle finger and it is one of those injuries that does not have a quick fix, over time I need to give it time to heal.  I can still climb, but I have to take it easy, which is driving me insane.

Tonight, I started to look at my recent Utah pictures and came to the conclusion that climbing to me has truly been an amazing sport.

Why?

Despite development of calluses on my feet, no more french pedicures, sort of not so pretty toe nails, rough hands, short finger nails and so on and so on….climbing has taken me so many beautiful places I would have never seen as a general tourist somewhere.

 

I have always had an adventurous spirit and love to travel, but climbing has taught me that I really live life beautifully.

So this blog post is to encourage everyone this week to live life beautifully!

Be sure to check out the pictures in the slide show below.  They are a collection of pictures I recently took a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They are so simple, yet each picture gives us all a feeling of what we see when we climb.

I know you all can find one picture this week to capture the moment of you living life beautifully.

Whether you capture the moment from a hike, from watching your kids laugh with joy, from a fun bike ride, from watching a beautiful sun set, from seeing a rainbow after a storm, and so on and so on.

Whatever it may be, let us all document one picture this week, post it on your Facebook and title it Live Life Beautifully!  

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Moments of Reflection: Live Life Strong!

It is time to embark the weekend journey.  What to do, what to do?

Having a finger injury is not fun for rock climbers because climbing with one arm is not impossible, but super hard.

I tried climbing in Utah last weekend and let me tell you trying to climb making my left hand the primary source of force (haha my lame rhymes!) is….lets say my left arm got pumped out!

So if I cannot climb today in order to slowly help heal that finger, I decided to would play a little this weekend.

 

Today after working a long day, I decided to take a 4-mile speed walk beside the SoCal ocean and began to reflect….and I kept thinking Live Life Strong, Live Life Strong….Live Life Strong…here is what my brain spit out after 4-miles of ocean in motion…..

 

Live

Live life reflecting and learning from the past, enjoying life in the current moment, and planning a soulful and peaceful you in the future.

Life

Take life as it comes at you and make the best with what you have to work with.

Strong

The best you make of your past, present and future will always help build a stronger you!

Enjoy the slides below, find the picture or pictures that inspire you and reflect on how you will embark a weekend to remember, enjoying the simple things in life whether hiking, rock climbing, swimming, running, or just plain chillax’ing….

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Moments in Reflection: Climb today for tomorrow!

Fresh off the press, attention everyone…I got a knuckle/middle finger injury, no fun!  How did this happen?  I started training to get revved up for November/December adventures overseas so I visited with a dear friend Peak Experiences near Richmond, VA.  Why?  They have walls double the height that of my home gym and typically set stellar routes that trigger good moves, which for me meant solid training.  My friend and I really climbed so well, but I just got too greedy. Towards the end of our workout, I eyed an overhung climb (my weakness).  I started it with what I think is smooth, fancy foot technique, but encountered a reachy section, which required grabbing a pincher with the right hand.  It was a far reach right, but I surely hit it right on, only my left foot cut right off.  And what did I do?  Hold on to that damn pincher.  Not very smart, but in reality it was an instinctive thing to do.

Anyhow, I thought about what were some potential causes to this injury and was it preventable?   I came up with lots of thoughts, but here is my analogy in summary.

  • Strength to weight ratio – I trained earlier this year for a Spain adventure and reached a seriously great climbing place.  I was strong, confident in my climbing, and finally felt like I opened up a lot of climbing options.  But after that trip I have been traveling like an insane chica.  So I have been climbing outdoors, but not much cross training or indoor gym training.  Naturally, slowly but surely my level of strength has declined over the summer, but my technique has improved quite a bit. I have been able to climb most of the summer without injury because of my continuously improving technique plus I have not pushed my limits like I did in Spain.
  • Tired self and muscles – We climbed at Peak Experience like fierce warriors.  We climbed everything we could get on; we pushed our limits within reason.   When I decided to climb that overhung climb I was exhausted and my limbs were too.  I essentially set my self up for that injury in a way.  I grabbed a pincher in the most overhung part of the climb and my body weight pulled right on it when my foot cut off, causing stress to my finger.  I also usually have super strong lock offs, but that has weakened too over the summer. So I had weak fingers, weak lock off and all of sudden rapid weight to take on.   This is an easy formula to figure out.
  • Over eager and greedy – It seemed every climb we hit, our climbing just got better and better.  Oh and so did my ego.  See with my recent decline in strength I have been frustrated climbing at my home gym the past month.  And all of sudden, my body had its ‘a-ha’ moment, yes I finally found that hidden Spain climber from April of this year, or at least I saw the potential coming right back.  I even dreamed of my fun climbing I would do this winter.  I got over eager and greedy.  I pushed my limit and not that I should settle, but I kept pushing it, like gambling.  And I knew inside where I reached my limit, but that last overhung climb was not a smart choice. In April, I would have sent it clean blindfolded. But a few weeks ago, nope, it was going to be a struggle and I was iffy about it.  I knew deep down it should have not gone down, but my excitement and over eagerness and memories of my strong climbing self a few months earlier said ‘what the heck, just do it!’  And now I have a hurty knuckle/middle finger!  I essentially got greedy; the perfect workout was not enough.  This was my first train hard get serious session, why go for the gold all in one sitting?  Cause I got greedy!

Coming to Jesus Moral of the Story -I studied Occupational Therapy and right before graduation (oh my, yes I did do that) I switched to health sciences and pre-medicine.  I interned quite a bit at the Raleigh Hand Center and did not follow any of the advice I shared with my patients.  One of my biggest advice to patients was “learn your body’s language and listen to it!”  I had a great workout and that overhung climb was more of an ego thing, my body was saying ‘what? What? Oh hell no this sucker ain’t going down today’, but my ego was like ‘yeah girl, get her done, put a postage stamp on it, send it!’

Lessons Learned – Ways to prevent injuries like this and build stronger and happy you and me!

  • Learn your body language and LISTEN to it – If you struggle on a grade on a given day, stay at that grade or lower.  Some may disagree, but if one day you are struggling on a 5.9 lets say and your goal is to get through 10 climbs mix it up like try to do all the nines in the gym and every 2 climbs do a 5.8 and mix that up (1 over hung 8, 1 vertical 8, 1 slabby 8, and so on).  Why?  You are going to get old some day and you will have hurty joints and bones, or that thing called arthritis.  Build a climbing journey over time not just in the moment.

  • Cross train & build strength – Ok, seriously, foot work fancy chic like me who used to be a gymnast, I can get away with climbing higher grades given my strength to weight ratio.  But it will catch up to you and also building some strength will actually improve performance.  Make sure on off climbing days to work out those muscles (including opposing ones).  Those lock off move come handy, but require a level of strength too.   Build those muscles to push through the moves that require strength and will not go down easy just on fancy footwork.
  • Stretch, stretch, and stretch – Well I used to be able to do all my splits (can still do some), bend every which way.  It was not only for pretty dance, but primarily to avoid injury.  A-ha!  How does a former elite gymnast not remember this?  Flexibility will not only help you hit that cool high hand-foot match move, but overall, it will help prevent injury.  Make sure if anything to stretch before and after climbing sessions such as your fingers, wrist, shoulder, legs, and calves (yup, Elvis legs is proof that your calf is getting worked!).   Build a flexible body for maximum performance and to prevent injuries. 
  • Go for a pyramid-climbing workout – I have a friend who is an insane climber and I climbed with him earlier this year thinking he would send some crazy 5.14s, but rather he did a bunch of 10s and 11s.  He builds his climbs week to week in anticipation of when he wants to peak. Then he hits that 5.14 trip, hits sick sends and then tapers back down all over again. I was surprised at this and asked how in the world does he do it.  He said he has been climbing all his life and wants to climb until he is an old man.  So when he pyramids back down, he ups the cross training.  When he is on the weeks closer to his peak, he tapers down the cross training to encourage muscle recovery and avoid over stressing his tendons, and so on. He also at his peaks does more relaxing yoga than usual.  Build less of an ego that involves less hard sending 100% of the time, but more climbing over the span of your life.
  • Add variability to your climbing – Slap them slopers, grab those jugs, hook that heel, lay back baby, jam that crack and more.  We all have styles and moves we prefer.  But if you climb everything and anything you can get on you build a wider variety of skill sets.  Each type of hold has its art, like slopers and ledges are best from below, under clings are strongest once you go above it, and so on.  Build an open mind that will open your climbing options over time and give you a well-rounded climbing journey.

Blog posts soon to come, share in my journey in recovering that hurty middle finger and knuckle!

Moments of Reflection: Sharing is for Caring!

happy climbing hands!

The last few months have been insane, I have traveled more days for work than days resting at home.  I think for once being on a plane and running research projects while mobile depleted my energy and brain cells to write (haha).  But in all this time, a lot has happened so more posts to come!

Imagine….I walked in a climbing gym, got the rental shoes, funky rental harness and looked around, observed, and thought what the hell, can I really do this?  And then there I was, learning to tie a figure eight and getting belay certified.  I had never been so nervous in my life.  Then I proceeded to work hard all night trying to get above a small bulge (then to me a massive roof) on a super easy climb.  How was your first time climbing?  That was mine, and I am sure everyone has had that moment of being a newbie.

practicing stick clipping

And aren’t we all so gracious to have had mentors teach us all those simple things that are easy to us, like my friend taught me to ‘tap the wall with my feet, up up up” which was really smear that damn wall!   I will never forget when I heard the word ‘crux’, I thought it was maybe a drug or something.  And ‘gaston’ sounded so French and fancy, ‘pincher’ sounded like a something you did to a kid with chubby cheeks, ‘sloaper’ sounded like a fighting word, ‘back step’ and ‘in step’ sounded like a dance move, ‘crag’ sounded like a inner street slang we would use back in the day in Brooklyn, ‘overhung’ sounded like….well you get my drift….it was a new language to me and I had no earthling idea how I was going to go from the gym to the real mountains and be like the movie Cliffhanger (yes I actually thought Cliffhanger was real and cool until I got some climbing sense).

first sport outdoor leads

Almost 3 years later, I feel like I still have a long way to go, but been so fortunate to climb all over the world and also learn from so many safe, conservative, and experienced climbers.  I made it a promise to achieve in mentoring and coaching friends as much as I did in climbing.

Just recently (during my blog hiatus, writers block, not really block but just too stressed with work), I accompanied two friends to share in their first real outdoor overnight climbing trip.

 

 

 

On our checklist:

  1. Teach them how to plan a fun yet safe climbing trip (pick a crag, reserve campground, packing, figure out what gear is needed, what to expect, and so on)
  2. Get in a 1st sport lead
  3. Clean an anchor
  4. Have lots of fun!

cleaning an anchor not on the fly, but after it was well practiced prior to the crag

We accomplished that and then some.  However, part of any mentoring can be dangerous.  You are teaching someone to be independent in their climbing and help contribute to their climbing journey.  Why can it be dangerous? I have been destination climbing everywhere and I see so many decisions that are not ideal and practicing unsafe techniques.  When we get ‘good’, we take the simplest things for granted.  For instance, do you check and thoroughly inspect your partner’s figure eight every time before they climb?  I do, and make sure anyone I climb with gets into that habit.  Do you communicate plans before leaving the ground?  I do and make sure anyone I climb with gets into that habit.  And the reason I treat many of these simple routines with caution and attention is because my mentors over and over emphasized it with me.  If you plan on giving back by mentoring folks it is vital to emphasize the safest, most conservative habits.

first outdoor sport leads

For example, the two friends I took out, I climbed with them indoors for a bit so we could get used to each other’s styles, confirm belay techniques are strong and frankly to teach ground school.  Yup not at the crag, but at the gym as we train together.  About 4-6 weeks prior to our trip, I went to my friend’s house and I showed them some basic gear that are must haves and some that are really nice to haves.   We rehearsed how to clean an anchor and I reviewed how to set up various basic anchor systems and knots (example, eight on a bite).  By the time we made our trip, the couple had cleaning an anchor down and understood really well the why’s and the what’s. The couple understood how to approach a climb and determine if they could set it up or if it was not within their ability.  They were able to examine their environment, figure out the best spot for the rope, flake the rope and so on.  They learned how to use a stick clip and learned how to study a crag prior to a trip, pick out climbs, figure out approaches and so on.

first lead done beautifully

The couple had an amazing day getting leads and climbs in, cleaning anchors, and moreover, making good, safe and smart choices.

Giving back is the best thing we can do, but how we give back is vital.  Just like if we use foul language around a kid, they are likely to repeat it.  If we use bad habits and teach others, they are starting with a not so great foundation.  A solid foundation from the beginning ensures we are sharing for some serious caring of our newbie climbing friends.  My two friends have been carefully planning a trip to Colorado and I am confident they are on track to planning an amazing climbing trip and are embarking a safe, yet fun climbing journey!

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Moments of Reflection: What what what…..is that on your head?

My very first lead in the whole world history of Doris….yup I got it right, look at what’s on my head!

When I first started climbing outdoors, I bought the starter gear everyone gets, a harness, shoes, a couple beaners and slings and a helmet.

As I start our journey up pitches in Villanueva de Rosario, look at what’s on my head!

I surely brought my helmet to the crag just about every time…..but for DECORATION because I never wore it.  Every time I put my pack in the trunk of my car, I would say “oh there’s my helmet and I forgot, next time I will wear it”….how shameful!  And when I climb trad or multi-pitch, I never miss that helmet, it is on my head no matter what!

With that in mind, I decided to write up a blog post on the need to wear a helmet whilst climbing rather than just adorn your crag pack (like I always did!).  Why?  Well I know this is so simple, but really…lets meditate on this thought…helmets protect our heads.

Over 21% of traumatic brain injuries occur whilst engaged in sports and recreation (note this is not exclusive to climbing).

 

When we climb, we want to have fun, get a great workout, achieve new heights, rise above challenges and fears and so on.

Me the idiot pulling a harder lead move…and no helmet!

But despite all the wonderful things we gain from climbing, it is dangerous.  There are many things we can do to stay safe while climbing and one of many important climbing safety tips is wearing a helmet.  We are in areas where rocks can fall and potentially hit our heads and whether we are top roping or leading, or a super duper advanced climber, it is hard to predict running or slamming into rock when we fall.

My mentor & Spain’s best climbing instructor Silvia, leads by example!

So why write this now?  I just climbed in Utah and was leading a warm-up with my helmet on.  I was unusually tired from the altitude, so I down climbed and took a small fall.  I was a gymnast and known for taking the most calculated, safe lead falls.  But even this Cirque de Soleil acrobatic climber under calculated the length of my fall and swung under a roof and bang, the top of my head just hit the edge.  I was fortunate….I was wearing a helmet….because for certain, given the impact, I would not be here writing this post, promise me, with two trauma surgeons in our presence (one belaying me), when I came down, we all agreed it was a blessing I had a helmet on.

Me, leading a sketchy climb in CO…. helmet?

 

 

 

My personal affirmation after the Utah trip was…….I will always wear my helmet, even if it gives me a not so cute helmet head hairdo, even though it makes me hot and sweaty in the head, even though it sometimes feels like more weight and in the way and less free….whatever the ‘inconvenience’, I chose to keep my head intact and healthy, at least try!

Share this simple thought with your climbing friends and just that much more we will be a united safe climbing community!

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