Introducing the 2017 #SheAdventures Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Megs Seeley (@megagametophytes), our 2017 #SheAdventures Scholar. Her infectiously happy photo and well written caption earned her oodles of climbing gear and a trip to Lander Wyoming for the International Climbers’ Festival this summer and we couldn’t be happier for her.

 

 

Tightening the double fisherman’s knot, my partner and I gaze across the ponderosa pine-filled valley. A single fisherman’s knot would fail as the loose end slips through the bond. Like the double knots, we strengthen each other, whatever the adventures—or misadventures. My partner smiles at me as she rappels. My favorite aspect of climbing is the love and trust we build both on and off the wall. From the boulder field to the mountaintop, we develop as climbers and people by pushing each other to new heights. #outdoorresearch #sheadventuresscholarship

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Mar 29, 2017 at 2:06pm PDT

 

But we’d also like to send one final thank you to every single participant. Thanks to all of you for sharing a post with the world. We felt honored. Reading what people love about climbing is totally inspiring and we can’t wait to get out on the rope ourselves. It was extremely difficult to select just one winner from nearly 700 entrees, so we’d also like to highlight a few honorable mentions. Hope you dig them!

 

 

I'm always excited to get whoever I come across to try climbing. I start from the beginning. It's hard, your forearms burn, and your fingers will feel raw, but it is so satisfying because it is all you. You are there only one that can get all your mass up that route. It's a great feeling. I had ZERO upper body strength starting out, but I wanted to be able to carry my own weight. I was inspired by how skillfully other climbers in the gym made micro adjustments in order to grasp the next hold. It was smart and efficient, because they knew their bodies. That's another reason. Climbing routes became a game--an enigma to solve. And what better way to figure things out than on your own. It's such a great sense of accomplishment ... and fun! Which brings me to one of the biggest reasons why I love climbing. The community. In no other sport will you find strangers willing to help you out, share beta, and work things out. That's why they stick so well. You're not just encouraging each other-- you're problem solving to reach a higher goal (no pun intended). And when you reach that goal, is amazing how everyone feels the same accomplishment when you or another send that route❤️ #whyiloveclimbing #rockmaniac #lookma #ididitallbymyself #finallyhavebiceps #nochickenarmshere #sheadventuresscholarship #OutdoorResearch

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Mar 22, 2017 at 11:23pm PDT

 

 

 

Son of Claudius Rufus, V5. I wish I could say I sent my year-long project this past weekend. I had all the pieces, but still couldn't put them together. My body wasn't feeling strong and my mind wasn't on my side. Feels like shit to be so close, and to hope so much only to be disappointed again. This weekend forced me to focus on the entire process; not just the start and finish, but where my body felt strong or weak, which heal hooks felt solid, how to curve my hip toward the rock to stabilize myself, and how to know when to stop for the day. Every move in between is important. Every move and body placement impacts the next. This is what I love about climbing: the process; the determination and perseverance behind figuring out the steps to a problem. And how these lessons carry over to my personal life. This doesn't mean it isn't frustrating; every time I fall off the last move, I cuss and cry. Practicing this process is tedious, challenging and, at times, emotionally exhausting. After days of hard work, bloody and raw hands, sore muscles, the sport I love transforms into the cause of my self-deprecation. Climbing has been a source of both confidence and frustration for me. I put so much of myself into my climbing, so when I fall, it feels like complete failure, rooted so deeply in me that it becomes hard to separate the act of climbing from myself, my own confidence. I'm trying to shift my mentality though. So when I'm upset, I try to recognize that each attempt is a step closer to reaching my goals. And each effort shows bravery and commitment for showing up and trying again. In these times, I remember to be patient with myself. Because climbing is about me and the rock, not anyone else or anything else going on in my life at that moment. And, most importantly, to have fun! The frustration is real but shouldn't outweigh the excitement, empowerment, joy and freedom I feel when I'm in these beautiful places. Only thing I can do now is train and work harder so that when I come back, I'll be even closer to reaching the top.

 

 

I am missing the comps in the Midwest this spring due to some interesting life events. My van/home was stolen a few weeks ago, along with all my climbing gear etc....while disappointing and unfortunate, this whole event has taught me how strong the climbing community is and how much love I've gotten from my fellow climbers. This overwhelming and humbling look into the culture of the climbing world has shown me how strong this tribe is and how powerful a community of like-minded individuals can be. My climbing goals have been reinforced by the love of others and I'll continue to crush in my own way at the Red River Gorge, my potential summer home. PC @allnationsphotography #outdoorresearch #sheadventuresscholarship #zenithclimbing #fayettechill

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Mar 14, 2017 at 6:59pm PDT

 

 

Climbing is a self fulfillment journey for myself and most all climbers. How I balance this selfishness is to share it by teaching others and giving them this amazing opportunity that seems insane to some outsiders. This photo here illustrates the pure joy of one who had spent hours climbing through pain, long hanging belays, her first 800' of height, and motivation to get to the top before dark. My passion is guiding and teaching in which I hope to continue to learn from the learning while attempting to master the art of torture. #sheadventuresscholarship #outdoorreseach

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Mar 15, 2017 at 9:34pm PDT

 

 

I fell in love with climbing for moments like this one. That first hand-hold. When the desire to climb-on is tempered by a litany of fears and doubts. That I'm not strong enough. Fast enough. Brave enough. We all have our own fears and vulnerabilities. We carry them with us, whether consciously or unconsciously, letting them guide our decisions. Climbing lets me face those fears head-on, reminding me that we also have more strength and courage than we could possibly imagine. There might be days fear and exhaustion win out. I may walk away from the wall, defeated by gravity and my own physical and mental limitations, with bloodied knuckles, scraped knees, and shaking arms. But I am stronger because of it. And so I keep reaching higher, hand-hold after hand-hold. Because I might not be strong enough yet. But I will be. PC: @samortizphoto #sheadventuresscholarship #outdoorresearch . . . . #climbon #climblikeagirl #climbingisbliss #liveclimbrepeat #rockclimbing #girlswhoclimb #washingtonexplored #washingtondiscovered #washingtonhikersandclimbers #tacmounties #thegreatpnw #wildernessculture #artofvisuals #optoutside #sheroams #sheexplores #wildher #wearethewild #welivetoexplore #wildernessmakesyoubetter #putyourselfoutthere #mountainstories #earthgirllifestyle #climbyourimpossible #justgoclimb #outdoorwomen #pnwdiscovered #womenswilderness

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Mar 31, 2017 at 10:07pm PDT

 

High stakes and humbling moments. It takes money, time, and dedication.....and usually, I feel like I am lacking in one of those categories. Yet climbing also makes me feel capable, resilient, and alive. It has pushed me to train, learn, save, and plan ahead. I keep chasing after those achingly lovely days when conditions are just right and my body takes to the rock like brilliant alpenglow. Rough hands, blood, and missing nails are justified by all the time spent with wonderful company in wild places. I love climbing for the good days in the sun with sends and beer and I love climbing for the bad days that have taught me to prepare for the worst and learn from my mistakes. This photo was taken after my first lead in Eldo, one of the good days! #sheadventuresscholarship #SheAdventures #OutdoorResearch

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Standing on the edge of an awakening. I climb to find myself. I climb to drown out all of the voices that tell me what I cannot do, what my limitations are because I am female. . . Climbing reintroduced me to the girl I used to be, the girl who scaled pine trees without a thought, just to see the view from the top. Somewhere along the road of life, that girl became lost, but she never really disappeared. . . I missed her so much while she was away. . . Now I want others to meet this girl who has grown into a confident woman that ascends rock faces and mountains. Maybe she can help them find their inner child, longing to break out and run wild, to play in the dirt and scramble up rocks, to remember how it felt to be free. . . #OutdoorResearch #SheAdventuresScholarship

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Mar 7, 2017 at 2:16pm PST

 

Thanks to @outdoorresearch I've thought a lot about why I love to climb: Climbing is very special to me because there is no other sport that allows for so much personal growth. I’ve been climbing going on 6 years and have never looked back. I have not found a better way to master my mind and my will power. The best part is that you get to achieve all this self-progress in the most beautiful surroundings that the world has to offer. Travelling with friends to go climbing is just icing on the cake. There is a never-ending supply of places to explore in the world of climbing. I love to climb because it gives you the opportunity to broaden your horizons in so many fascinating ways. -Mollie Bailey #outdoorresearch #sheadventuresscholarship #sheadventures . . #adventurethrulens #keepcalmandclimbon #teamevolv #evolvusa #outdoorprolink #niteize #discoveryoursolution  #dirtbagdreams #rockclimbing #climbing_photos_of_instagram #deserttower #deserttowers #tradisrad #aidclimbing #summitfever #getoutside #geology #bebadlikebill #moab #utah #climbingrevolution #womenwhoclimb #womenonrocks #climblikeagirl #fitgoals

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Mar 31, 2017 at 9:49am PDT

 

Explaining the significance of climbing in so few words seems nearly impossible. My effort to do so may make me feel as though I'm lacking; however, the challenge is to keep it simple - and an added bonus: embrace vulnerability I have a deep, intimate relationship with climbing. It saved my life and never fails to make me feel the most alive, especially in a world busy drowning in mundane routines eager to keep us flatlined. Our feelings are readily controlled by outside forces that aren't our own: opinions, distractions, medications, etc. Climbing beautifully introduces me to every and all of life's encyclopedia of emotions: fear, anxiety, frustration, excitement, connectedness, even moments of nirvana - to name a few. In a world aiming to keep us numb, I strive for situations that elicit emotional responses intricately balanced by the simplicity of being mindful.