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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mountain Mama Review Collage – 3rd Trimester

Mountain Mama Review Collage – 3rd Trimester

At 24 weeks I reviewed my collection of Mountain Mama threads that had so generously been provided to me by Teresa Delfin and her awesome niche company.  As promised, I’ve written an updated version now that I’m in the latter stages of pregnancy.  Also reviewed are some new clothing items that I hadn’t received yet at the time of my 2nd trimester review.   Update from 2nd Trimester Threads:  (For a more thorough description of each piece, check out the 2nd trimester review here) Tenaya V-Neck Eco Tee and Anya Performance Tee – These tees have both grown with me over the past…Read the rest of this entry →

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Sauratown Mountain Access Day! (34 Weeks Pregnant)

Sauratown Mountain Access Day! (34 Weeks Pregnant)

Anyone who’s climbing journey has survived multiple life phases (career changes, marriage, kids, etc.) probably has fond recollections of their first “home crag.”  Each visit was filled with onsight potential, and you actually NEEDED the newest edition guidebook, rather than just buying it because it’s good bathroom reading.  Some of us still climb at our first local crag, with a familiarity and sense of hometown pride that is obvious to everyone – even if you can’t climb “the testpiece,” you know just about everyone who has and exactly how each one’s beta differs from the next.  Others have moved on…Read the rest of this entry →

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MLK Climbing Weekend! (33 Weeks Pregnant)

MLK Climbing Weekend! (33 Weeks Pregnant)

Tradition states that every year we MUST go climbing on the Crag-Daddy’s birthday with as many people as we can round up, followed by a big party at our house afterwards.  Usually the wide range of abilities represented and the sheer amount of people means we wind up at the Dixon School Rd boulderfield.  It offers decent winter conditions, and is just down the road for all the local folk.  We usually also end up with a few out-of-towners that crash at our house for the night.  Steve’s birthday is not actually until the 23rd, but the past couple of…Read the rest of this entry →

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New Offerings From Trango: Antidote Rope Bag and Cord Trapper (and GIVEAWAY!)

New Offerings From Trango: Antidote Rope Bag and Cord Trapper (and GIVEAWAY!)

In the past 2 years I’ve been signed on with Trango, one of the things I’ve come to love about this company is their innovation and creativity in product design.  They see a problem, and they devise a product to fix it in a practical way.  If you want an auto-locking belay device that also feeds rope smoothly, the Cinch is for you.  If you want a pair of aggressive shoes that can still smear once you pull over that burly roof and onto the face, the Oasi’s are a perfect choice.  And this “problem-solving” mindset is not just limited…Read the rest of this entry →

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Green Hours on Ice

Green Hours on Ice

I know I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but water is a big part of our outdoor fun.  So in the winter, this often means ice.  Usually this consists of an impromptu walk around the yard finding tidbits of ice here and there that are leftover from the latest rain shower and have frozen overnight – a couple of inches in a wheelbarrow, a couple of chunks in a flowerpot, etc.  Many times we even leave a little water out on purpose in cups and bowls to see what happens.   Living in the Southeast, the weather is not…Read the rest of this entry →

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