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You’ll find two journals on this website. These Words Like Rocks stories are mostly about climbing, health, and the joys and challenges of modern life. Salt & Ink posts explore the craft and process of creative writing.
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a journal of outdoor play & Culture
Epic mountains, varied climbing styles on solid rock, and a community of motivated and kind climbers make Bishop my favorite place to boulder.
A reflection on the meaning of grades and their power to either inspire confidence or demoralize.
A week-long “digital detox” offers perspective on my relationship to my phone and the need for healthy boundaries between virtual realities and the “real world.”
Physical therapist Matt Heyliger merges his passions for outdoor athletics and body mechanics to deliver fine-tuned, effective treatment. His interview offers tips for climbers on how to maintain stability and mobility on and off the rock.
The Inge Perkins Scholarship offers financial support to a young female climber in Inge’s hometown of Bozeman, Montana—here’s some thoughts on how climbing helps girls become strong women.
Spaghetti squash, sausage, and chevre team up for the win in this falltastic casserole.
Climbing coach and trainer Kris Hampton speaks to the common mistakes climbers make while training and how to balance time on real rock with intentional training indoors.
A simplified approach to macros for your unique body.
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.
Creative Writing Instruction
And it begins with a capital W.
Techniques to break down overwhelming book projects into doable tasks.
Lessons learned from the mistakes I made in the first draft of my book.
Nine ways I’ve learned to alleviate the social isolation inherent in 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.