Considering that I was a large and in charge, 30+ weeks along pregnant mama last year at this time, my climbing goals for the year were pretty low key. I wanted to find that balance between motivating myself and overwhelming myself! Anyway, I ended up choosing 3 broad goals that seemed doable with a little bit of work and committment. Here’s how I fared… 1. ESTABLISH A TRAINING ROUTINE It took some trial and error, and those first few months we were all flying by the seat of our pants, but at nearly 10 months postpartum, our family feels pretty…Read the rest of this entry →
Monthly Archives: December 2014
From our house to yours, have a happy holiday! Whether it’s warm, cold, snowy, beachy, rainy, stormy, or sunny, get outside and enjoy the holidays as a family!
The end of the calendar year is a time that a lot of folks use for reflection, including myself. One of the ways I do this on the blog is by revisiting the most popular posts of the year – ie, the ones that generated the most comments, site traffic, social media action, and just overall “buzz.” As a writer it’s helpful for me to see what my readers responded to most. For my faithful long-time readers, it’s a chance to stroll down memory lane and possibly catch up on some goodies that you may have missed earlier in the year.…Read the rest of this entry →
Contrary to popular “non-climber” belief, the best weather conditions for climbing often occur during cold weather. The crux moves on your project on a hot (or worse yet, hot AND humid) summer day can easily feel several letter grades harder than it would on a cool, crisp winter day. With that in mind, sending odds can sometimes be dramatically increased for those that are willing to brave the cold. And while how cold is “too cold” to climb varies from person to person, here are some ideas for turning miserable, finger-numbing weather into perfect sending conditions. (Unless of course you’re a mountaineer…in…Read the rest of this entry →
Recently our family has adopted a new outdoor hobby (because you can NEVER have to many, right?) While I wish I could say it involved snow, it’s something that can be enjoyed with nothing but a smart phone and some enthusiastic explorers – geocaching! For those of you that may not be familiar with the term, geocaching is basically a real-life treasure hunting game, played outdoors with the use of GPS. Lately my oldest explorer has really been into searching (and finding!) type games – everything from traditional hide and seek to random, “easter egg hunt” type activities. One day…Read the rest of this entry →