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Alannah Yip

How were you first introduced to climbing? "My family is actually friends with Sean McColl’s family, so we grew up together. His parents are my godparents, I call them “Aunt” and “Uncle”, and vice versa. I have looked up to him my entire life, so when he and his brother started climbing competitively I wanted to as well. I started climbing with the team at my local gym soon after and was immediately hooked." What inspires you to keep climbing? "These days I love the mental and physical challenge that climbing, training, and competition provide. Being able to link difficult movement so that it flows nicely is one of the greatest feelings in the world. And I love the opportunities climbing provides to get outside and play on rock and to travel." Photo: Shane Murdoch
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Thanks @alexjohnson89 for a wonderful presentation. We really appreciated you coming our way and sharing your story with us.
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Next issue of #RockandIce coming at ya! Who can name this climb (hint, location mentioned on cover)? Photo by Bernd Zeugswetter (@berndzeugswetter). #hotoffthepress #rockclimbing #iceclimbing #climbingstories

Eric Sethna "I started climbing when I was nine on a portable climbing wall set up for the Banff Mountain Film Festival. I won my first National Championship at age ten and I’ve been hooked on the competition scene ever since. The thrill of the crowd and the pressure to perform push me beyond what I'm capable of in training, and that's what drives me." #forceathletes
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Photo: @murdochshane

I spent the weekend in Joshua Tree with this lovely lady who graciously tolerated my incessant photo taking especially when she's the subject. This trip we focused on the Wonderland of Rocks. We took our time getting to the park on Day 1 and enjoyed some time by the Dam once we got there (there is an incredible amount of water in the Dam this year, the most I've seen since I was about 8) afterwards we walked into the wonderland and spends the afternlln looking around at some of our potential domes for the weekend. Day 2 we found ourselves at Lenticular Done early on and @ctao0 put up Mental Physics 5.7 (blows double cross out of the water) and I led Dazed and Confused 5.9 which had really great footwork. The rest of our day was spent walking to the cornerstone, losing psych, being blown off the Red Obelisk, and then searching for Catherine's film camera, (which we found in the bowels of the approach to the cornerstone!). On Day 3 we headed to South Astro dome and climbed Breakfast of Champions where Catherine battled a buldge with a awkward corner crack and after several attempts pushed through her fear and the crux to let our a yip of joy at the rest above! Next we moved to Solid Gold which was unfortunately back in te shade (much to my demise after being mostly cold all weekend) I started up feeling apprehensive but confident that this style of footwork intensive climbing plays to my strengths. Between the 6th and 7th bolts is a run out just shy of deserving an r in Joshua Tree and after meticulously picking my way up the wall I found myself only a few feet below the 7th bolt and many feet above the previous. Just before grabbing the Thank God Hold my left foot blew, I gasped and put everything I had into my right foot and hands barely escaping a 30 foot fall. I picked a new foot and pushed my way to the next bolt. We topped out the next pitch and headed to the hidden valley campground in search of Sun.
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Oh you know... just hanging out!
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Talkeetna, Alaska en route to Denali (June 2001). - Photo taken with a disposable 📷
Before this trip, I had only climbed Shasta once and done two summit attempts on Rainier, both thwarted by weather, as well as a winter expedition skills seminar on the mountain. I trained for about six months for Denali, part of the time with an 80lb pack, and felt well-prepared. However, once I was on the mountain, it was an entirely different story. When the guides hooked up the 25-30lb sled to my backpack, the weight felt so heavy that I initially thought the sled was stuck! Long story short, I ended up throwing in the towel less than 24 hours into the trip. Though I definitely struggled with the added weight and awkwardness of the sled and snowshoes, among other things, I also simply psyched myself out. I remember seeing the plane depart from the glacier and thinking that I was now committed to being on the mountain for up to three weeks or longer. I immediately felt a sense of anxiety. In any case, after all of the time I spent preparing, as well as the money I had invested into the trip, I was devastated to have leave the mountain. (In fact, I was so broke that I had to resort to eating freeze-dried meals for the week after I returned home. 😭) Thinking back, I'm glad I had that experience. In climbing and mountaineering, I've had many more failures than successes, and I'm thankful for each one. Not only do my climbing experiences help me to be more present and teach me more about myself, each failure helps me to grow and adapt. I definitely want to return to Denali at some point, but in the meantime I'm looking forward to eventually exploring some more peaks in the Cordillera Blanca!
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Checking. Saluti da Franz
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Oh you know... just hanging out!
HangDogs are handy for any multi-pitch climber *
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The minimalistic design adds nearly no weight to your gear and you can finally let your toes breathe when they really need it. Click on the link above to order online or DM us for special offers, and ask us how to get your own personalized pair.

.Pretty rock. 10 points to whoever can name this classic!

.Sending out those good vibes.

A great time was had at the Gunks (NY). Until next time

Gills Egg Dyno. Leaving the Gunks (NY) happy

Jeffro takes a tumble on Susie A @shamp_jeff

Part 2 of Dirtbag Confessionals is taking place next Thur. 4/20 with stories from James Crump, Bill Horton, Tommy Blackwell, Brian Tickle, John Hogge, and Karl Guthrie! Reserve your seat today to enjoy some stories and free beer from @hopsandgrain


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How do you hide a 3,000 ft granite monolith? **
Just add water 🌨

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