We climbed Mt Baker yesterday!
We camped above the clouds, woke up at an ungodly hour (12:30am!), got stuck in a mountain traffic jam, crossed snow bridges and crevasses, saw the shadow of the mountain in the sky, got to the ridge of the crater, inhaled way too much stinky sulfur (what a smelly volcano Mt Baker is! 🤣), peed in the open and prayed we didn't have to poop 😉 (no trees on a glacier). We got the the summit at 6:30 am. The sunrise and views from the top were breathtaking. Even now, over a day after summiting I'm still euphoric and emotional and want to climb another mountain ASAP!
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The calls of "Chai, chai, chai! Tea, tea, tea!" are still the first thing that my mind remembers every morning. After bunking with at least 5 and at most 55 other badass girls, sleeping alone in my room now feels weird. The morning PT sessions, the fall-ins, the classroom trainings and conversations with our instructors, the trek to the glacier, the training sessions on rock and ice...also, washing our mess-tins in ice-cold water, the 'late'-night chatter in Tisco hut, snuggling into my sleeping bag with bottles of hot water for extra warmth, stepping out of the hut in the middle of the night in the freezing cold for midnight pee-sessions, hitting the front point perfectly, our collective interest in boats — I miss all of it, even though I disliked some of it at the time. The 28 days spent learning the ropes (pun intended) under the tutelage of some of the most amazing instructors, was demanding and tough, but it was equally fun. Learning mountaineering at one of India's eminent institutes has been a long-cherished dream of mine...and the past month saw me finally achieving it.
Some dreams give you a sense of achievement and completion - dream achieved, case closed. Then there are these other dreams which, once achieved, spur you on to reach for newer heights. Completing the basic mountaineering course with a gold medal and an 'A' Grade from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was the definitely the latter.
So, as we say at HMI, "May (we) climb from peak to peak."
1. HMI campus, Darjeeling.
2. On the way to Tiger Hill.
3. Campsite at Dzongri.
4. Rathong glacier and surrounding peaks.
6. Glacier training. (Photo credits: @_ishapal_)
7. At the summit of Mt. Renok.(16,500 ft)
8. The graduating batch of BMC 332.
✔ #16, 6/15: Mt. Sherman (14,036')
✔ #17, 6/16: Mt. Belford (14,197')
✔ #18, 6/16: Mt. Oxford (14,153')
"I am here not only to evade for a while the clamor and filth and confusion of the cultural apparatus but also to confront, immediately and directly as possible, the bare bones of existence, the elemental and fundamental, the bedrock which sustains us." - Edward Abbey
Nothing like a duality of summits to fulfill and humble a climber: playing and glissading on the quick winter route jaunt up Sherman, then pulling from the very depths of the physical self from an unknown place to complete the Belford-Oxford traverse.
Big Cheers & Gratitude to my climbing partners: one whom I'm grateful to have known for 13 years, shared so many side-mountain conversations, summit experiences, and never-ending passion for the outdoors; and the other who brings me to my feet on the last 100 vertical when I think I'm gassed, my rock and support system in both mountains and life, who I fall more in love with every day.
Looking forward to so many adventures and summits with you two this season!! 🤘💓🏔
For all the pushing that occurs in yoga, it sure is nice to get some pulling action in, too. And goodness am I excited to get out on some real rock soon!
Today I taught 3 classes prior to 1pm and a nap sounded quite appealing, but instead I headed to the gym. It felt SO GOOD to get back into some weights and back into the bouldering room. This past year has been my most intense regarding yoga. I took my 200 hour YTT, taught 1 - 4 classes per week every single week (on top of teaching high school full time), and had my own daily practice. One sacrifice, though, was my gym regimen. I showed up today with a different body than my last time lifting (and climbing).
Some things (single leg RDLs, leg lifts while hanging from the pull up bar) had become incredibly easy. Other things (pull ups, single arm rows, all climbing) had become more challenging.
I believe that if a person were to choose one practice to commit to their whole life long, yoga would be - overall - the most comprehensive and beneficial. But if a person can combine and cross train? All the more powerful. So today I am grateful to have had the chance to show up and exhaust myself in a way I hadn't for quite some time. My body is thoroughly worked right now, and I love it.
#thisisyogatoo #yogastudent#yogateacher#yogaeverydamnday#gymtime#fitwomen#crosstraining#climbing#itslikethisnow#yogajourney#strongandbendy#womenwhoclimb#rockclimbing#bouldering#fitflexyfolk#myyogapractice#yogaselfpractice#svadhyaya#alwayslearning#pitta#wyomingyogi#wyomingwomen#strongnotskinny#strongwomen#yogastrong ##powerofthefemale
The thing I love about live photos is picking the key frame. There’s an awesome shot of us at the highest point of our jump but I couldn’t stop laughing at the landing pose. ⛲️🚽
“When I was little I always thought my Afro hair looked like hills covered in pine trees. For me, the resemblance was undeniable. I also never got to see a woman with an afro depicted with hair that was part of nature. It seemed like only women with long flowing hair could be goddesses of nature.” - @badgal_brooky •
We are so happy to introduce @badgal_brooky for this week’s #meetusmonday! Brooklyn is the artist and creator of our Brooklyn Bell Brown Girls Climb t-shirts! We are excited for our community to get to know Brooklyn better through her bio, and be sure to check out her amazing art on her page! • “I’m Brooklyn Bell and I am an athlete and artist from Bellingham, Washington. Although my main focus in sports is mountain biking/skiing, I’ve been climbing for over 4 years now. •
My relationship with climbing is one that has changed over past 4 years. I got into climbing with the help of @adventureaddict. She brought me into the gym after a terrible, no good day (ya girl Brooky got dumped).
Climbing was challenging and what I liked was that is was more challenging than what I had been going through at the time. In the first 2 years I quickly progressed to be the strongest I've ever been in my entire life. When I started climbing outside already knew my goals were to lead through the 12s and I thought I could do it in one summer. •
But my summer of climbing was stopped short when I broke my ankle. I took a wiper that swung me right into the wall, after a crux move on a 5.10b.
It wasn't till a year after this accident that I was able to come back to climbing. When I did it was frustrating but it made me have so much respect for the sport and the people who do it. Two years after my accident and I'm stronger than I ever was. Climbing for me is less about pushing myself hard and more about spending quality time with my community.” •
Want to buy a t-shirt? Click the link in our bio to get yours and a portion of the profit will go directly to Brooklyn! Want to snag a piece of her amazing art, check out her website www.brooklynbelldesign.com
Aesthetic outdoor climbs are some of my favorite!! What’s your favorite outdoor climb?
📸: @ryleekayphoto / @peachy_blonde
14 days of @womensbouldering | day 7
Last year, @alicehafer climbed fifteen pitches of "Soavadia", a 7c+ newly opened by Arnaud Petit in Madagascar. It was oniy a few months after she had done her first 8A boulder in Rocklands.
But when five years ago we were waiting for a bus to Magic Wood, sweating like pigs in the August sunshine, with all our camping gear stuffed in the bouldering pads on our backs, and bags of groceries hanging of every finger, neither of us seemed particularly on it.
We didn't seem particularly on it even earlier in the Peak District, hitchhiking from Hathersage and pitching our tent in a torrential rain. We had to make coffee in the campsite's toilet, because our stove couldn't cope with the weather outside.
Much has changed since then. I, for once, gave up on trying to be badass. Alice turned full on badass and now learns her trad in the States.
Hearing her last year's talk at the Festival was a huge privilege and I was so proud to have this capable, strong woman as my friend. And I had no idea she's such an amazing speaker!
This year she will talk again, this time about training for her goals. I can't wait to hear her!
This year's Women's Bouldering Festival will take place at the last weekend of September. Tickets are out now. Link in bio!
The Festival is organised by a registered non-profit. If you can't attend but would like to support us, you can always send us a sweet donation. Details on www.
The event is inclusive and welcomes all abilities. If you have a passion for the outdoors, social equity and environmentalism, the Women's Bouldering Festival is for you!
photo by @kiellgram | L'Elephant | September 2018
This is medicine, this is my healing, and each will find it in their own time. 🎶 @nahkobear ... The snow is melting in Telluride, and a very wet spring is giving way to summer. It’s a powerful season, and I’m blown away by the special energy here. The waterfalls are raging and the pure force of the creek washed out a good part of the trail to this one, just off of the Mill Creek waterline trail. In a whirlwind chain of events, I’m living and working in Telluride for the summer. Come visit. Or don’t. This place feels like sanctuary, a place to heal and grow and spring back from a hole I’ve felt I’ve been in. A place to just let things be and relinquish an illusion of control, get back in touch with real power, and let everything happen how it will. Also, the climbing is good ☺️ #telluride#mountainwaterfall#coloradosummer // 📷: @thedesertviper
and now for something completely different: climbing skirt!
I’ve been thinking about this for ages and finally had the right number of hours of procrastination to make it happen!
It’s split in the front to accommodate belay loops, and there’s an opening in the back for my harness’s leg loop to pass through. And of course POCKETS!
My climbing schedule is way out of whack, but I can’t wait to try it out on the wall. :3
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"Where did the power go?
Gone with the winter.
Where is the endurance?
Arriving with the summer.
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Fun day hiking out to Amazing Gift. Normally a 5 min hike from the car, this years snow made for a fun 3 mile hike/snowshoe instead. 80 degrees and 6 feet of snow?! Go figure 🤷🏻♀️❄️☀️I think I’m going to wait till the fall to go back... Thanks @iancotterb for digging it out!
Na Sexta fomos eu, @paulacaetanorj e @carlos_casaddo fazer a Via Cavalo Louco, na face Oeste do Pão de Açúcar, até os 2 primeiros grampos a via é compartilhada com a Italianos. Ao chegarmos na base o PDA estava coberto por uma névoa. Nós duas escalamos em A, onde o guia dá a segurança para as duas ao mesmo tempo, a Paulinha subiu primeiro e eu fui logo em seguida, a parte do diedro toda em móvel, as agarras são grandes mais o diedro é levemente negativo, não tive dificuldade para escalar e retirar as peças, exceto pela última, onde eu precisava subir ele todo, retirar a peça, desescalar 1,30m e transpor para a direita por cima do diedro, para retirar a peça meu braço tijolou um pouco, deu um certo veneno nessa hora. Descansei um pouco e tentei fazer a leitura da via, para os pés as agarras eram ótimas, mas para as mãos tinha duas agarras pequenas, não tão boas, foi preciso testar o move, colar na pedra, manter o equilíbrio, fiz um movimento em crucifixo, joguei o pé alto e mandei, depois mais 10 metros já era a parada.O 2° esticão foi o melhor, grau constante, todo em diagonal, o crux da via dava uns 3 metros de liseba, com nanoagarras que por sinal ainda estava babado, um lance de 6sup que estava mais parecendo um 7b. Eu sempre me pergunto nesses momentos, como esse cara guiou isso aqui? Será que um dia na minha vida vou guiar algo assim? Enfiada linda, técnica e de respeito, nem preciso dizer que amei! O 3° e 4° esticão fizemos em um só, mas nesse tinha aquele mar de agarras, que a gente chega se emocionar e quase beija a pedra de tanta emoção, então pensei vou escalar mais rápido, que o sol já estava apontando na via e ainda nao havíamos chegado nem na metade. O 4° esticão entramos na Secundo que têm aquela horizontal que faz o coração acelerar, mas é de boa. Fizemos mais 3 esticões com o sol à pino, tentando escalar o mais rápido possível. Chegando no diedro o cansaço realmente bateu, mas ainda tinha ele e uma pequena horizontal, e naquele momento só desejavamos chegar ao cume. A Escalada fluiu super bem, muito bom escalar com essa dupla. A gente termina a via com os pés doendo, mas a alma transbordando de felicidade e sorrisão de ponta a ponta.
don't we all just love crimps? 😉 ✔️v6
LOL so let me just expose myself and tell y'all that this hurt so bad 🙅🏽♀️ and I had to take like 10 min breaks in between each go 😬
#canshedoit v6 ➡️ v7
Huge struggle with this one ... needed my friend @eminem to finally send 😅🙈
The normal method of going out right was too far/hard for me so I found this nice "girl beta" of climbing directly on the arete and grabbing a tiny slopey crimp 😅 Maybe this could be a new line? 😁
Outil de Coup 7a #outildecoupe#fontainebleau #7a
SUTACLIMB 💪♀ Que Buen Dia !!
As polished as it is, the Turtle Rock Traverse will be my lifelong project. You'll see me 45 years from now as an 80-year old dyke piecing together this project. My assisted living and retirement home will be down the street and I will have this boulder to keep my old bones sturdy 📷 @porkbellystudio
#bouldering #climbing#womenwhoclimb#outdoorwomen#liveclimbrepeat #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram
I used to say that travelling was the only way I was going to be able to experience some great outdoor bouldering. Starting to realize I was wrong!
What are some hidden gems you’ve discovered around where you live?? #bouldering#girlsboulder#climbing#rockclimbing#canada