I’m Kelsey – a writer, climber, and teacher based in my hometown of Bozeman, Montana.
The creative projects you’ll find here reflect my passions for nature, writing, women’s empowerment, climbing, health, and fitness. I’m currently working on a novel about an ancient lineage of wild women.
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Thanks for being here. Happy exploring.
a climber’s journal
Five ways to create rock-solid climbing relationships as a belayer.
An exploration of how puberty and adulthood affect the girl-woman dynamic in competition climbing.
Stories in celebration and mourning of the bold and generous spirit, Inge Perkins.
Lessons learned while being a spastic 20-something.
How chilling out helps you go beast-mode...and other things I've learned about our hormones and how they affect training and performance.
Easy to make energy ballz. The hard part? Portion control. No, seriously. Let's not count how many I've had today and just say I'm sufficiently energized.
Super-duper-easy-and-damn-tasty-if-I-do-say-so-myself protein bars. And some stuff about protein in general.
The bouldering near Bozeman, Montana keeps locals and visitors psyched, sore, bloody-tipped and ready for more.
Interviews with outdoor women athletes about training, performance, beauty, and body image.
Skier, runner, and climber Jeannie Wall offers soul-filling wisdom from her decades spent in the mountains.
Outdoor athlete and family woman, Leslie Brandt shares how she manages to kick some major butt in work, life, and play.
Mountaineering and rock-climbing guide Rachel Glass shares her journey navigating the wilds of the world and mind. By owning her fears and insecurities, she fosters both mental and physical strength.
Come back queen Heidi Ransom shares her story of recovering from a childhood of illness and injury. From working as a body healer today to excelling as a multi-sport outdoor athlete, this WBTB feature shows you why you should never listen to "you can't" or "you won't."
The name says it all: Blair Speed, outdoor athlete extraordinare, coming in hot. Prepare to feel limitless when Blair's fiery drive burns down your own concepts of what's possible.
Climber Kristen Drumheller broke glass ceilings with her bulging biceps back in the 80s and 90s. She continues to pursue an active lifestyle today, modeling a life without limits for athletes of all ages and genders.
She's a mom of two kids. She holds a job. And she crushes on the fly. Meet Sarah Ho - and discover her secrets to juggling passion, love, and obligation.
Taylor Fragomeni decided to pursue a career in climbing. In this feature of the Work Behind the Body Series, she talks about her decision to follow her passion and how she balances work with play when both are centered around climbing.
Alpine climber Anne Gilbert Chase shares her thoughts on fear, happiness, and how she balances work and relaxation with pursuing yuuuge peaks across the globe.
Climber, skier, runner, and yogi Inge Perkins talks about authenticity, being a sponsored athlete, and cultivating balance in this feature of the Work Behind the Body Series.
"In all beauty and strength there is an equally as strong personality to go with it that is full of passion and determination to make dreams a reality," Renee says in her interview for this edition of The Work Behind the Body.
In this inaugural feature, climber Becky Switzer talks about the hours she spends becoming the best athlete she can be--and how her relationship to sports has shaped her relationship to her body.
Reflections on the process, craft, and business of creative writing.
Feeling overwhelmed by a huge project? Chunk it out. Here’s how.
Why writing more isn’t always best.
Sit down with your character. Buy her a cup of tea. She’ll take years to get to know, truly.
How creating characters requires looking past one’s own experience.
Some people think revision means fixing punctuation. Ha! If only.
My top five favorite books on the craft and process of creative writing.
What I learned from throwing half a year’s work away.