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Red House V7 – Little Rock City (AKA Stone Fort), Tennessee

Climbers – Jill Sompel, Emily McCleary, Kaitlyn Honnald

Red House Remix from Jill Sompel on Vimeo.


The Beta – Begin with both hands on underclings and a left heel/toe cam, make powerful bicepy move with left hand to envelop slot. Walk right foot over to release left foot in order to move it up to the next ledge for a left toe cam. Match right hand on sloping edge. Lock off with your right arm to place left hand into finger lock. Walk right foot over and place a left heel hook above your head. Bring right hand up to pinch the undercling and bump left hand to plate. Bring right foot over and place a SOLID knee bar. Right hand comes to a wide pinch as an intermediate then bump out to a undercling pocket. Walk left foot in and flag hard with right foot, bring left hand to next good pocket jug. Match on jug and move up with left hand to small crimper on face. Bring right hand to sharp slot, re-adjust feet and go big to the sloping edge with left hand. Step feet up on jugs and traverse over right with good underclings at your waist!

Katha Saurwein doing ‘Xavier’s roof’ V11 the girls way. Bishop CA

Austrian World Cup climber Katha Saurwein shows us some Girl Beta on Xavier’s Roof V11 Bishop, CA

Katha Saurwein doing ‘Xavier’s roof’ V11 the girls way. Bishop CA from katharina saurwein on Vimeo.

It’s Been One Year! WIN stuff for YOUR videos!

February marks the one-year anniversary of Girl Beta. In celebration of this event, we would like to give away some sick gear for YOUR accomplishments. Send us a video of you climbing with beta and you could win a Detroit Rock Climbing Company finger board, some Vertical Girl clothing, or some Organic chalk bags and t-shirts.

For the next two months, send us your video, and if it is selected, you will be sent some goodies. Video submission deadline April 22nd.

Video Requirements:

Features a female climber bouldering outdoors

Should include all moves of the ascent

A YouTube or Vimeo video format

Location and beta

Personal Details:



Phone number

Send video link and info to

The Epiphany-by Paige Claassen

Once upon a time…ahem, last month, I lived under the assumption that bouldering ability directly correlated with power. While working on Free Willy in Hueco a few weeks back with my friend Seth Lytton, I had an epiphany; To improve my bouldering skills, not only do I need to gain power but I also need to learn to think differently….Read More

Rock of Love: Why It’s Better To Date A Fellow Climber

By Jeline Guiles.

Fact: As a female, we definitely have an advantage when it comes to dating in the climbing world. With a ratio of 1 female to every 5 males (totally made that up, but close enough), we have the freedom to be picky about which guy we let “belay” us. The following is my list of reasons why it’s better to date a fellow climber. Some may not agree, and others will vehemently stand against it, but a few may find the list helpful in their search for The One. Read More!


JBMFP – Joshua Tree Bouldering

Here is a nice video featuring Mad Rock Athlete Natalie. JBMFP V5- Joshua Tree, California

Select Boulder Problems from Joe’s Valley, LCC, and the Kraft Boulders

Sierra Allen presents us with another video from Utah and Nevada. In this one she climbs Porcini or Portabello V6, Brawny Dyno V5, Michelangelo V3, Mr. Smiley V7, and the Pearl V4/5.

Select Boulder Problems from Joe’s Valley, LCC, and the Kraft Boulders from Sierra Allen on Vimeo.

Rekindling My Relationship with Climbing

By Katie Levy, founder of Adventure-Inspired

I went indoor rock climbing last weekend. I recognize that, to you, dear visitor of a climbing website, a statement like that isn’t particularly unusual or interesting. It’s not an unusual or interesting statement coming from me either; at least, it wasn’t four months ago. Since August, I’ve climbed once. I canceled my gym membership and my Evolv HERA shoes have been gathering dust since, along with my harness and adorable chalk bag. This coming from a girl who ate, slept and breathed climbing.

My hiatus from the sport wasn’t due to an injury or other unpredictable incident, it was a conscious choice. To anyone as obsessed with the sport as I was, it seems unfathomable to stop climbing without a darn good reason, but I had one. When I talk about climbing, I tend to personify the sport. Whether it’s because I’m nuts, or because I take life too seriously, I always refer to the relationship climbing and I have because it’s much more than just a sport. So, as part of that personification, I’m going to liken the break I took from climbing to a break in a relationship.

Climbing and I just weren’t working out anymore. The honeymoon phase was amazing. I was in the gym at least three days a week, scouting websites, choosing a bucket list of routes, and working my way into a community of people who were as in love as I was. But, as in any relationship, that phase passed. Issues arose. Internal arguments became more frequent. Finally, I decided the way I was approaching the sport needed to change. I knew I wanted climbing to be a part of my life, I just wasn’t sure in what capacity.

So, after four months I drove myself to my home gym for a two hour session as part of an event I led for TerraMar Adventures. My first route felt like a dream. With every step and every reach, I remembered why I used to climb so much. The way I feel when I’m climbing confidently and in control is amazing. My arms and legs felt strong, I was confident, and I had a fantastic belayer who made me feel safe.

Unfortunately, as great as it would be to take a climbing hiatus and come back without a fear of falling, I knew it’s wasn’t possible. That fear reared its ugly head on the second route. I was reminded of the sensations I took a break from climbing to avoid. Whatever I was afraid of before was still there. The only way I think I could have made progress on my fear of falling would’ve been to take trapeze lessons, skydive, or do something else that exposed me to that sensation. But even a few bumpy cross-country flights didn’t help.

My second route was a long 5.7+, a route I would have done as a warm-up when my hands and forearms were conditioned. I could feel my heart start to race as crazy scenarios ran through my head, I started over-gripping, tired quickly and had to yell “take” three times before I finished it.

As strange as it might sound, I have trouble letting people I don’t know belay me, even if they’ve proven their belaying competence. I used to think it was because I didn’t trust easily, and that could be true, but I realized a big part of it is pride. I don’t like to openly show fear. For example, the sensation I in my stomach when I’m falling is something I try to avoid at all costs, which is part of why I’m not a fan of lead climbing. If I’ve got someone new belaying for me, I usually tell them not to lower me too quickly and it embarrasses me every time. I’m essentially telling them, “I’m really scared, please don’t make it worse.” It’s a fear I know I can temper with exposure, but that it’ll never go away. Sometimes I’ve got the energy to fight it, other times I don’t, and telling someone I’m afraid is hard.

I felt less of the fear on the third and fourth climbs, but still had to take deep breaths to calm myself mid-route. I can’t imagine leading again for a while, but as soon as I saw all of the new boulder problems I’d missed over those four months, the excitement returned. I found myself sitting underneath a V4 I knew I wouldn’t attempt that day, walking through the moves in my head. Bouldering will always be my favorite climbing discipline, and I’m beginning to believe it’s partially because it doesn’t scare me. Sure, there’s the beauty of the movements, the power, the purity, the social aspects, the fact that you don’t need a partner or a ton of gear, all of these are things I love too. But when I’m closer to the ground, when there’s no safety net (rope) and I’m entirely on my own, I feel stronger.

As important as it is to continue to push our limits, mental and physical, a big reason for my break was the fact that climbing was becoming too stressful. The pressure I’d put on myself to lead when I was panicking, to go high because I felt like I should, it got to be too much. Climbing stopped being fun.

My first day back in the gym helped me confirm that climbing needs to be a part of my life. I’m not quite sure how yet – how often I’ll do it, whether more inside than out, if I’ll stick mostly to bouldering, if I’ll try attacking my fear of falling head on, etc. But I sure miss the people I used to see all the time, feeling strong and powerful on boulder problems, and taking leaps of faith when I’m ready to fall.

Climbing and I, we may not be soul mates, but we’re a great team. I’m looking forward to continuing to explore the best way to rekindle my relationship with the sport, and know I’ll find a way to make it work.

Katie Levy is the founder of Adventure-Inspired. From rock climbing to hiking, from mountaineering to mountain biking and everything in between, Adventure-Inspired exists as a place to tell stories and share musings, gear reviews, and anything else related to playing outside.

Kerstin bouldering Carrot Top V3, at the Happy Boulders, Bishop

Kerstin sends Carrot Top (V3) at the Happy Boulders, Bishop, CA

Kerstin bouldering Carrot Top at the Happy Boulders, Bishop from Ralf Reines on Vimeo.

Kerstin bouldering T-Rex V3 Yosemite Valley

Here is a neat little video of Kerstin bouldering T-Rex V3, in the beautiful Yosemite Valley.

Kerstin bouldering T-Rex Yosemite Valley from Ralf Reines on Vimeo.

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