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Welcome to the Inspired Climber!

We believe life is a great adventure meant to be shared and celebrated. We find inspiration in people and places, in amazing stories of perseverance, triumph, kindness and courage. Experiences, especially those on the rock, teach us about who we are and they help us grow. The Inspired Climber is meant to be a place to share our stories, connect as a community, learn from each other and find inspiration.

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Book Review: Vertical Mind

When we first heard about the release of a new book on mental training for climbing, we assumed it would be a reinvention of Arno Ilgner’s, “The Rock Warriors Way.” How much new content do these authors really have? This book has changed the way we approach rock climbing. The authors have brought information to the … Continue reading

Armaid Review

The trick to having a long lasting rock climbing career (I’m going on 18 years!) is to do a lot of body maintenance. Strengthening opposition muscles is key, but so is loosening up the parts of our bodies that we beat on. And what gets the most wear and tear? Our hands and forearms. In my … Continue reading

A First Ascent Story: Kings Canyon NP

My latest adventure started off just like many others with a harmless email. The subject – a first free ascent in Kings Canyon National Park. Without giving it much thought I agreed to the proposition. Soon after I realized that throughout life I’ve always gravitated towards leadership roles, whether it be work or play. But this isn’t … Continue reading

Romancing the Dirtbag

It’s Monday morning and you’re sitting at your desk, still reeling from the weekend’s adventures. You ask yourself, “Why am I at work? I wish I was still out there climbing!” Or maybe it’s Wednesday and your monotonous day job has left you scouring the internet in search of the perfect road-trip vehicle. Well before … Continue reading

Why Having Fun Is Not Enough

Most of the time I climb with men. Partially because there are more of them in our sport than women, but also because I’m motivated by their commitment and intensity. Having a specific, goal-oriented, project-driven approach to climbing is something that doesn’t come naturally to me. And I know a lot of other women who feel the … Continue reading

Mental Training: A Trip Report On Black Orpheus

We were already 500’ above the wash when I racked up for what the guidebook calls pitch one. Granted, it’s mostly 4th class, with a few 5th class moves, but I was already feeling the exposure. From scars in the rock it’s clear that some folks rope up here. We didn’t. The little voice in my head, “How … Continue reading