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Bridget Kilgallon
Finding Magic at the New River Gorge with Alma Baste and Kathy Karlo

Finding Magic at the New River Gorge with Alma Baste and Kathy Karlo

When I hear the word “adventure” I think of daring everest ascents, Johnny Depp as a pirate, and my daydream future as a young adult fantasy author, not skipping class after a printer malfunction prevented me from printing copies of a short story and in a fit of frustration driving seven hours to the New River Gorge to film Kathy Karlo. Nevertheless, it was. It wasn’t heart-stopping, Hans Zimmer soundtrack worthy adventure. It was more of the sleep-deprived, milkshake-full, giggle soundtrack that usually seems to be the theme whenever I join Kathy on a climbing trip. The last time I...

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Bridget Kilgallon
SMC Women's Trad Clinic Recap

SMC Women's Trad Clinic Recap

This Summer, Arêt Basewear had the opportunity to partner with Sierra Mountain Center, located in Bishop, CA, to kick off a Women’s Trad Clinic. Apart from taking the avid sport climber to next level trad climbing (short for traditional climbing), ladies learned the skills necessary to master single pitch trad climbs including placing active versus passive gear, anchor building and cleaning, considerations while leading trad, and beyond. Alicia Trigeiro (above) was one of the women who participated. She raves, “The clinic was such a great experience, especially since it was all ladies, including our awesome guide Lindsay! I regret not...

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Bridget Kilgallon
Jessica Olson Takes on Mental Blocks and Crack Climbing in Indian Creek

Jessica Olson Takes on Mental Blocks and Crack Climbing in Indian Creek

Jessica Olson is making her way up to Skagway, Alaska to work as a climbing and hiking guide. On the way, she stopped by Indian Creek with her sights set on seemingly endless hand cracks. Indian Creek is a mystical place that brings something special in the ways of inspiration for every climber that step into the fields, looking up at the walls towering above. The stillness of the surroundings is so pure without any type of pollution from the outside world. A place with no service, forcing you to make a real connection with the people you come into...

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