Abby Dione is a delightful and thoughtful climber and owner of the Coral Cliffs climbing gym located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (check out the fabulous Coral Cliffs website here). She also happens to be the first black woman to own a climbing gym in the United States. Join us for this episode in which we discuss Abby’s introduction to climbing, her decades long practice of a martial art I still cannot pronounce, and the hope and positive change that Abby brings to the world (both climbing and muggle!)
Sasha DiGiulian has been climbing since she was 6 years old. Since then, Sasha has become a multiple-time world champ, was the first North American woman to climb 9a/5.14d, and sent 28 first female ascents all over the world, including the North Face of the Eiger (this into is very close to plagiarized from her website, FYI). In this ep, Sasha is fantastically candid about her experiences as a climber, her use of social media, her views on positivity, body image, self-esteem, and the process of choosing a new kitten.
You can find Sasha on her website, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also google her name and find a bevy of fantastic articles, blog posts, and videos of/by Sasha digiulian if you, like us, just can’t get enough!
Oh! And don’t forget to check out the fluffiest, cutest, grumpiest-faced Yogi on the planet @pixieprowl
A short, twelve minute episode with reasons and excuses why we ain’t been publishin’… all told through the lens of a graduate student of counseling so like, super light and fluffy fun ;)
And EEEEK I just did the math and it’s legit been 5 months since we put something up… BUT we’re back at it and super stoked, like so stoked I’m making myself a teeshirt that says:
“I HOST A BIWEEKLY PODCAST” ooh! or maybe
“ASK ME ABOUT MY PODCAST”?
or or or
”IF I HAVEN’T PUBLISHED IN TWO WEEKS PLEASE YELL AT ME.” ??
A short, ten minute episode that explains a little bit about our (my) hiatus from the podcasting world. And world generally.
Honestly, to type enough to fill up this informational space in the same proportion as per usual for an episode would basically transcribe the episode. So instead, this is getting filled up with excessively worded and unnecessary sentences. This ep is basically a short diatribe about depression and your host Zowie Aleshire's mental health :) It's unscripted and not particularly polished. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Roanne van Voorst is, in her own words, an "author, anthropologist, a world-traveller with a preference to stay home, a wannabe dog-whisperer, a serial plant-killer, an introvert public speaker, and a rock climber with severe vertigo." She's been researching risk behavior since 2008, and since then has lived in the slums of Indonesia, in Inuit hunters' villages, and published this really rad book (among others) on fear. Join us while we chat about fear and some of your favorite climbers like Lynn Hill, Steph Davis, and Hazel Findlay.
Whitney Burton is a special ed and reading intervention teacher and climber who currently resides in Golden, Colorado. Originally from Olympia, Washington, Whitney is one half of the climbing duo @truckbedboulderers with her long-time partner Ben Firth. In this episode we talk her training regime, periods, coaching kids, Whit's recent experience with a nutritional coach, how nice it is to be told to eat more, and talk just a little, tiny bit about crying. We also enjoy a little mansplainin’…!!!
To see more from Whitney (and Ben!) find them on Instagram as @truckbedboulderers. The books mentioned in this ep are Taking Charge of Your Fertility and ROAR. If you're period-friendly you can donate money, bras, or hygiene products to I Support the Girls AND if you're interested in working with the nutritionist Whit does, check out From the Mountains Wellness.
The delightful duo of Mary Catherine Eden and Mercadi Carlson - you may know them as @tradprincess and @mersendyclimberson on Instagram- join us for a delightful conversation about female climbing partners, crying, hotboxing, and your mom. Mary and Cadi (say it like "Sadie" people) are rock and canyoneering guides with Red River Adventures in Moab, Utah and super rad photographers. Self-described crack addicts, these two are at home at The Creek AND push them selves to be well-rounded climbers. Also, they funny.
Hazel Findlay is a 28-year-old professional climber and mental training coach. She’s been climbing since she was 6, competing since she was 7, and also is delightfully philosophical aaaaaand British. In this episode we chat about the psychological aspects of climbing, the experience of flow, and Hazel’s perspective on the importance of mental training for climbers. We recorded this episode via Skype: Hazel on location in Spain and me in the parking lot of the Bend Downtown Library. This episode also features an extension of “I Peed In My Belay Spot” from Episode Seven with listener favorite Cayla Stahley.
Episode Nine is brought to you by: The Amazing People We Meet On Instagram! In addition to being an avid climber, Natalie Corbett (aka Nat) is the first trans woman to bike the Pan American Highway. That's a lot of pedaling, people! In this episode we explore Nat's relationship with climbing, that time she got hit by a bus, and why she wants to do pedal such a very long way. She is super funny and quite sarcastic, and is not Canadian (don't let the accent fool you). She is also a meteorologist!! Also in this episode: our first rendition of the segment "Tent Sex". Just an FYI in case you listen with your mother. Or you are my mother...
Hannah is a 21-year-old student and climber originally from Santa Cruz, California but currently based in Olympia, Washington. She is employed at Cirque Climbing Gym in Lacey, Washington as a general all-around helpful/lovely employee and boulder problem-setter. Boulder route-setter? Bouldering route setter? She sets the boulder problems! Currently (as of recording) a senior at The Evergreen State College, Hannah is studying interdisciplinary humanities and poetry. We chat lots of climbing, a little bit of flow, and how many different things can be poetry. And guess what? She reads us one of her poems! Also, Zowie reads us a poem! Two poems are read in this episode!
In Episode 7 of the MasterBeta Ladies podcast, we chat with climber and student Claire Bukowski- that's pronounced "BOO" like a ghost. Claire has a huge following on Instagram, thanks to her spiderman-like climbing ability, her bright ass clothes, and photos by her talented papa Dr. Todd Bukowski. Because I was more focused on having fun and eating gummi bears than how much time we chatted, we (LUCKILY!) are joined by previous interviewee climber Cayla Stahley (Episode Five) for a new segment called "I Peed In My Belay Spot". You'll have to listen to find out more about that gem.
Sanni (like Saw-Knee people, yes I had to ask too) McCandless is a climber and... well let's borrow from her website, shall we?
"Sanni McCandless, CPC, ELI-MP is a transition coach for outdoor-focused individuals who want to create more tailored, intentional lifestyles and find agency in their own lives. In her work, she helps people overcome the doubts and concerns that constantly get in the way of living fearlessly and feeling fulfilled. Sanni challenges clients to communicate more honestly with those around them, stop making fear-based decisions, and achieve goals that have been on the back burner for too long." In this Ep we talk about coaching, feminism, more feminism, and what it's like for Sanni to have her bare butt on the internet ;) Join us!
I just can't say enough about how much I love Cayla Stahley. Like as soon as she sat down in the Subio to record this episode I was like "I'M HOOKED!". Cayla joins us to talk anxiety, normalizing mental health, the therapeutic aspects of climbing, why climbing is sexy aaaand to tell us about her magnificent and adorable #cragdog Sitka Spruce Stahley. Cayla also tells us about her favorite CRAG SNACKS! and her future plans to help you and your brain/feelings out. Cayla is currently employed at the Bend Rock Gym in (guess where!) Bend, Oregon where she coaches kids! She is also an aspiring counselor, beer liker, and all around wonderful human being. You're going to love her too.
We talk with pro-climber and lovely-voiced Mina Leslie-Wujastyk about her life and climbing, what it's like to be a professional climber, and what it was like to start to call herself a professional climber. Mina started out climbing as a kid and quickly became an accomplished and well-known bouldering and competition climber. She has since switched to tackling some hard ass sport climbs. Not only is Mina a professional climber, she is is trained as a yoga instructor, a physiotherapist, a mental health counselor, AND she is currently studying nutrition. We also chat about her love of Malham Cove and he personal process around helmet-wearing.
Lindsey Hamm! Lindsey Hamm! Lindsey Hamm! If you do not know Hamminator2017 you are missing out. This firecracker of a human being is fun, and I have been slow stalking her across the western part of the continental U.S., with only one nighttime sighting and zero climbing. ZERO! Anyway-- We talk to Lindsey about guiding, learning patience, underpants, no underpants, and dogs... we talk a lot about dogs. Because dogs are the best and we are pro-dogs. BONUS: Experiential Crag Snacks! segment with alpinist Katie Agren- Katie is a bit of a Crag Snacks! gourmet ;)
Ahhhhh Zowie Aleshire... (it's funny because it's me). This episode basically exists because it is hard to get anyone to agree to an interview over winter holidays. It is a flu-induced combination of how I got into climbing (which gets kiiiinda personal), why I keep climbing, my favorite and most common Crag Snacks! (hint: not healthy/usually bags of potato chips), and the most adorable slash worst behaved #cragdog of all time Whally Ann Aleshire. He really is just so, so, so cute.
Jenna Wittmann is a 30-year-old climber, mother, and teacher. She joins us to chat about how she got started climbing, why she likes climbing with women, and what it’s like to bring a newborn to the crag (hint: judgement). Jenna is currently a middle school teacher, coaches kids at Cirque Climbing Gym, and is also a lover of the Bend Ocean Roll (despite her gluten allergy). It’s from The Sparrow Bakery… we do not talk about this in this episode or anything, it’s just a fact about her I wanted to include ;) This episode also includes our first ever (duh, first episode) segment Crag Snacks with lovely lady Erin Marie Coyle! Soo if you’re into giving zero fucks, and eating carrot sticks check out this ep!