Guest Post: All Bodies by Nicole Eichsteadt

Guest Post: All Bodies by Nicole Eichsteadt

Looking at Sarah and I, you would never guess that we were climbers. When I think of rock climbers, I typically think of a tall, thin, muscular person who smells like they haven’t worn deodorant in a month and eats nothing but kale. That might be a bit dramatic, but really though, all the best climbers I know have been that way. Sarah wore a large harness, and I wore a small. But size doesn’t matter in climbing.

My First Climbing Days by François Côté

My First Climbing Days by François Côté

I had been climbing in our local bouldering gym for about 6 months when I first met Eric Fox. We met at the gym and climbed a few boulder problems together, chatted a bit and then he proceeded to ask me if I had ever climbed outdoors. “I’d love to try it,” I said, “but I don’t have any gear, any knowledge… I wouldn’t know where to start.” He told me that if I had shoes, a chalk bag, and could give him a drive to the crags, he would take care of the rest. Just like that, a complete stranger.