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Honda Element Platform Bed

May 16, 2015

Hi Steph, I wanted to email you because I stumbled upon your blog when I searched google for “Honda Element Platform Bed”. I recently bought an Element and am excited to make the bed platform – thank you for posting all the pictures and descriptions of it! It’s one of the best I have found. When looking at the photos, I was surprised to see you have a dog very similar to mine! I have a year old Catahoula Leopard Dog from a reservation in New Mexico, and when I showed my family photos of your pup Cajun, all of…


How to Start Climbing?

May 3, 2015

Hi Steph! I have recently stumbled upon you in my internet travels, and you have become a huge inspiration to me, as a vegan and a fellow yogi! I have just purchased your books online (sadly the local bookstores didn’t have any copies:( ) and cannot wait to read them! I grew up in very flat Ontario, but moved to Vancouver Island for university last year. I had never seen mountains before I lived on the island, and I immediately fell in love. I am an avid hiker, but I just really want to climb the mountains that I stare…


CU Belay Glasses

May 3, 2015

Belay glasses are fast becoming a necessity for me at the crag–I’m starting to wonder how we all lived without them It’s not just the relief of neck pain from bending back and looking up: the reality is that you can’t stare straight up at your climber the whole time, so you need to take breaks and put your head down. With belay glasses, you can watch your climber like a hawk every second of the entire climb, and that matters to me because I take my belaying very seriously! At this point I have 3 different pairs of belay…

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Sunjack Lightstick

May 3, 2015

Sunjack has come up with a pretty nifty item: a combination lightstick and USB charger which is something I wouldn’t have thought of but is quite nice for camping. I like having extra small, external power devices on hand to keep my iphone charged when out and about, so mainly I see this is another (dual purpose) backup iphone charger. That being said, the light is great for car camping also–it’s bright yet not glarey and lasts for hours. This would be great for river trips because it’s waterproof and floats too Typically I use a wall charger to keep…

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Advice for Women in Dealing With Muscle-y Routes

Apr 11, 2015

Hi Steph, I was wondering if you had any advice pertaining to how to build fitness and upper body strength as a female, and/or just in general how excel at more “muscle-y” routes. I’m a female climber at Carleton College, a small school in the Midwest where I started climbing about two years ago. I love climbing and I think- or I hope!- I’ve advanced a lot since I started. However, I would really like to push my skills to the next level. My strength seems to lie in delicate, balance-y routes, probably because I’m tall (5’10”), fairly flexible, and…


Car Living and Dogs

Apr 7, 2015

Hi Steph, My names Shannon, and right now I’m a senior at CU Boulder studying evolutionary biology and ecology. I just read your book high infatuation, and i guess you could say it was kinda life changing and spoke to me. I just started rock climbing about three months ago, and I love it. When i visited moab, I fell in love with indian creek and that type of climbing. I would really love to move out there and dedicate myself to that type of climbing. However, I am still a beginner and do not even know how to trad…

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Best Tape for Crack Climbing

Apr 5, 2015

Hi Steph, I’m new to crack climbing, and understand full well the value in choosing the stickiest tape money can buy. The problem is, after some experimenting with a number of generic tape brands out there, I still haven’t found one that fully satisfies all my criteria. I’m curious to hear what you use or recommend. Any thoughts? -Chris Hi Chris, You’re right, stickiness is EVERYTHING when it comes to tape for crack climbing. I always tell people, you can tape before you rip your skin off or you can tape after you rip your skin off. Tape sticks a…


Flying Life

Apr 1, 2015

Guest post from my good friend Jeff Shapiro, who has dedicated his life to flying and climbing in many forms, and is also a truly lovely human, animal steward, husband and dad I think he has some great advice for living a balanced and passionate life in the sky and on the ground. Hey Steph my name is Gus i am a nineteen year old kid who just moved up to the North Georgia mountains to attend college. I have lived in South Georgia for a better part of my life and got the opportunity to come up here to…


Hario Coffee Dripper and Stand

Mar 28, 2015

I love things that are simple, well made and do the job perfectly. Somehow a nice coffee maker always makes you happy every time you use it The Hario Coffee Dripper and Stand are Japanese made (naturally), sturdy, lovely and elegantly practical. I’ve always had a firm policy that any coffee maker I own should not have a plug and should be equally at home on a picnic table or a tailgate as in a kitchen. I’ve gone through different coffee phases, and for many years was firmly attached to my stovetop espresso maker. I don’t drink coffee all the…

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Auto Belay Machines: Awesome or Terrifying?

Mar 27, 2015

Andrew Bisharat, climber and writer extraordinaire, dog papa, crusher at Rifle, and blogger at Evening Sends is one of my favorite people ever! He has never once failed to make me fall on the floor laughing when I read his Facebook status updates. And he not only agreed to write a guest post, but he did it in less than 12 hours, while on a climbing trip to Lebanon. Andrew, you are the best I agree with everything Andrew thinks, and especially about Auto Belay Machines…which I find simultaneously awesome and terrifying. Steph, Good evening. I’m curious to know your…