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Adventures in Europe

Jul 15, 2014

July got off to a rainy start in the Alps this year. Ian and I flew into Zurich to discover that our bags were in New York or Paris or possibly both. Luckily I’ve learned the hard way to never check a base rig, wingsuit or climbing shoes. We had the essentials, so we decided to head to Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland where we knew we’d find friends who could lend us a sleeping bag or two and where we could make some wingsuit jumps while waiting for our baggage to appear. This wasn’t the original plan, but then when is…

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DryPointe Shoe Inserts

Jun 28, 2014

There’s nothing as good as crisp, fall climbing conditions–but let’s face it, we get about 20 days per year MAX of actual climbing when it’s perfect like that The rest of the time we need to deal with conditions, and we still love it, whether it’s a sweaty climbing gym or a greasy day in Yosemite or Rifle. Sweaty feet are a huge problem, partly because shoes get sloppy (and gross) and don’t last as long and also partly because they are a contributor to the pervasive athlete’s foot/toenail fungus that so many of us climbers fall victim to. Anything…


Crazy Beautiful Thing

Jun 23, 2014

Last winter I went climbing at the Cathedral in Saint George for the first time. When I got up to the cliff, I was amazed to see that there were a handful of people up there, and they were all old friends I hadn’t seen in a long time–crushing hard, of course. Mike Call is someone I’d been really hoping to do a project with for some time, and I mentioned to him that I had a video I’d really like to shoot. He immediately got it: that there was something I had to say, within the context of climbing…


Therm-a-Rest Neo Air Mini Pump

Jun 22, 2014

Every once in a while I find a gear item that is actually life altering, and it’s usually a small, unassuming item….and the MSR Mini Pump is very much that!! If there’s one thing I love, it’s a small little tiny thing that is light, pocket-sized, simple, not too expensive, and makes my life significantly easier. If there’s one thing I can’t bear, it’s blowing up Therm-a-Rests (after 20 years it has gotten O.L.D) so this is a match made in heaven Therm-a-Rests have gotten way more awesome: the NeoAir is lighter, firmer and more comfortable than the old style…


Recovery Fitness

Jun 21, 2014

Hi Steph! As a person who has climbed since they could walk, but just now become passionate about the sport, I am in need of some advice. Originally from Idaho, I am living in Norway now, studying. Although I have done a bit of gym climbing here, I am not able to get in as much as I would like and am looking forward to the great rocks waiting back home. This year pause in climbing has set me back a bit as far as technique and climbing fitness go. In addition, I recently injured my foot running, and am…

Life & Loss

Jun 21, 2014

Hi Steph, I have only just read of the death of your husband Mario and am truly sorry for your loss. I have had several people close to me die including friends in the mountains so I have some knowledge of pain and loss. The feelings of loss and grief are terrible and they never really leave you but, over time, you learn to cope and you learn to live again. I have always admired your accomplishments as both a climber and flyer – take care and I wish you happiness and peace. Kindest regards Ronan Thank you Ronan, I…

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Freewaters Whistler Flipflops

Jun 20, 2014

Recently I was contacted by a company called Freewaters. They make sandals and shoes, and have a strong environmental and humanitarian philosophy, using some of the profits to provide clean drinking water to people in need around the world. Many of their shoes are vegan, and they thought I might be interested in them. They sent me a pair of the Whistler flipflops and a pair of their canvas shoes (which I also like very much!). These vegan flipflops have a footbed made with MSR Thermarest ridge foam, and this is a great feature–it feels really good under your feet…


Android Ellipsis 7 Tablet

Jun 20, 2014

I am addicted to my iPhone, especially with the leash I have for it. The other part of the equation is my Macbook Air, for when I need an actual computer. I also have an iMac desktop at home. So I should preface this review by acknowledging that I’m pretty Mac-trained and not so familiar with PCs or other devices. Recently I was asked to join a team of bloggers who will be sent various electronic devices by Verizon and test them out to see how they fit in with our various lifestyles: you can guess which lifestyle I represent…


Dog Treks

Jun 20, 2014

Hi, I’m from Portugal (although was born in Switzerland). I do dog trekking a few years now and i follow your blog and facebook page. I’m also vegan and you are an example for me to follow. The companionship of a dog in nature is something phenomenal and i wish that everyone could be so lucky even only the foothills of the mountains. Sending along a photo of my dogs, the love of my life. I wish all the best for you. Good flights and climbs! Judy Hi Judy, Thank you for writing and for the wonderful pictures! Your dogs…

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The Nuts and Bolts of Wingsuits

Jun 14, 2014

This is a time of major innovation: though wingsuit fliers are a pretty small group of outdoor athletes, we definitely know what we like in our gear, and the gear is getting better and better. Fun new video from my friends at Squirrel! AURA 2014 from squirrel on Vimeo.