Outdoors: Women on the wall

Ten minutes into my first climb, my left hamstrings are singing and my right buttock’s cramping, but I’m not about to stop: My motto is, “I can’t leave here tonight until I clean that line.” Enter the cave: Participants at ClimbMax’s women-only night look on as Courtney Johnson navigates the cave like Spider-Woman. Photo by […]

Outdoors: Moving on up

Rumbling Bald Mountain features cliffs of metamorphic gneiss rock with beautiful marbled faces and exceptional botanical diversity. Located 30 miles east of Asheville in Chimney Rock State Park, it draws hikers, sightseers and climbers. Its overhanging boulders, “splitter” cracks and technical face climbs make it a favored destination for local climbers. The bald is also […]