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Clothing Review: Prana Halle and Avril pants

Being a lady climber is not all it’s “cracked” up to be. There are unique challenges off the rocks that present themselves. Trying to find other female climbing partners is not easy. Not every gal climber has the hutzpah to climb without a dude. Then there’s the dude climbers who… Read On

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Gear Review: Scarpa T2 Eco Women’s Telemark boots

Scarpa T2 Eco Women's Telemark Boots

I’ve been wearing Scarpa T2 boots ever since I switched to telemark skiing in 2003. They are my go-to brand of choice for ski boots, approach shoes, trail running shoes, etc. because they tend to run narrow. My foot is thin with low arches, and all bones, no meat. Other… Read On

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Gear Review: 22 Designs Axl Telemark Bindings

22Designs Axl Telemark Bindings on the K2 Gotback Ski

I’m so impressed with the Axl bindings from 22Designs, I don’t know where to start. The design is simple, yet completely functional. It just goes to show not every new gizmo on a ski needs to be complicated. The toe piece that we’ve all come to know and love on… Read On

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Gear Review: K2 Gotback Skis And Skins

2011 K2 Gotback Skis

The nice folks at the Ridgway Ski Swap last fall recommended the K2 Gotback skis for backcountry and telemark skiing. They steered me right! 167cm in length with 102mm underfoot, these rockered skis are truly “all terrain” like the graphic suggests. They’re light enough to hike with, but stiff enough… Read On

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Grief: 3 years on

Gimp boot photo

When two significant people in your life have death anniversaries 6 weeks apart, odds are pretty good you’ll get emotionally walloped in any given year. Last year was my mom’s one-year death anniversary, so I was pretty wrecked in January 2013. This year, I prepared for mom’s day, and instead… Read On

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Product Review: 22 Designs Vice Telemark Binding on Fischer Koa 88 Skis

Fischer Koa 88 Skis

Like other gadgetry, skis and bindings seem to make great leaps in technology year-over-year. After 12 years on the same Atomic Kailas and Black Diamond bindings for my backcountry setup, I thought I’d explore what’s new. My goal: powder and backcountry setup with higher performance, but not crushing weight. Despite… Read On

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My New Life: Yoga Instructor

Marissa Krupa - Yoga Instructor

It’s taken 6 weeks to write this post. My nerves were high, my fear great. Somehow, I thought the friends & family who knew me from the corporate world, would think less of me when I told them about my new life. Somehow, I felt judgement before the judgement was… Read On

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The Bunny Dayz of Summer

Bike The Drive 2012 - Chicago River - LSD

It’s not my fault I’m nuts. In all the infinite possible ways for the gene pool to manifest itself, I got an extra dose of whacky. I can’t help it! I didn’t ask┬áto be born this way…or did I? The Early Years Halloween was always my favorite holiday. Yeah, sure… Read On

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Chicago: A Healing Place (Who knew?)

The last few weeks brought crippling anger & grief about my mom. It was an anger, a rage really, that was deeper and more unexpected than I imagined. Fortunately, in the South Suburbs of Chicago where I currently reside, there are incredible natropath healers. Yes, this cultural wasteland, this non-descript… Read On

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Injured Reserve List – Again

White Hyacinth & Sunset, Homewood, IL

3/16 UPDATE: On the injured reserve list, again. (Written day of, but just getting to the post now…) I went to the climbing gym after crying a lot about my mom today, mixed with awesome playtime with my nieces. I came off the wall wrong & landed wonky, causing a… Read On

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