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    The Madness

    "Come on!" "Gamba!" by Mad Rock Athlete Sonomi Imagawa

    "Come on!" "Gamba!" by Mad Rock Athlete Sonomi Imagawa

    June 2020

    Sitting on the mats below the bouldering wall at my local climbing gym, I shout words of encouragement as I watch fellow climbers hurl themselves up the wall. As I am observing, in envy, I notice something that I have never recognized before. Some climbers' shoulder blades shift away from their spines into what closely resembles bird wings as they reach above their heads, and their necks disappear as soon as they match their hands on a handhold in a desperate attempt to set up for the following sequence.

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    Corona-cation - by Mad Rock Athlete Nate Draughn

    Corona-cation - by Mad Rock Athlete Nate Draughn
    This trip was one to remember! Between epic lines, snowstorms, COVID-19 making its way into the United States, and an earthquake the last day of the trip, I honestly don't know where to begin. What started as a Joes Valley trip, turned into a Utah tour with friend and teammate, Taylor Mcneill. Bruce, aka Threepeakfilms was amped to come along and document the trip! 

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    Sendero Luminoso - by Jesse Grupper

    Sendero Luminoso - by Jesse Grupper
    It’s the fifth pitch of the climb. Every move feels like my stomach is going to explode. To bring up my foot makes my stomach rumble and turn. I let out a screaming grunt. I’ve learned how to better manage my ulcerative colitis on the ground - frequent bathroom visits, longer breaks - but not hundreds of feet up.

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    Trip Report: Bangalore India December 2019 by Todd Swain

    Trip Report: Bangalore India December 2019 by Todd Swain
    We started climbing and in short order, some local villagers showed up to watch. Everyone seemed happy and we showed them gear, offered snacks and joked around. As I got back down (but still had rope and gear to the top of the spire), a police officer arrived. He wasn't in uniform, but had a meter-long riot baton as a symbol of authority. The officer demanded to see our governmental permission letter allowing us to rock climb.

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