For the Love of Climbing: The Podcast

Photo By Irene Yee | @ladylockoff

Have you heard of Kathy Karlo? Of course you have. She’s the founder of For the Love of Climbing, an awesome and inspiring climbing blog that explores the ideals behind why we climb- “the love of it, the heartbreak, the failures, sends, and everything in between.” Kathy is a writer, an organizer for the No Man’s Land Film Festival, a badass climber, and now – a podcaster! She’s been putting all her efforts into creating a thoughtful dialogue about what fuels us, what we learn from climbing, and how to embrace discomfort. In her words:

“This is not a climbing podcast. Well, sorta. This is a funny/sad/somewhat uncomfortable podcast about choosing vulnerability, talking about our pain, our most awkward moments, and how we are all really just shining examples of this messy human existence.”

Photo by Tim Foote

Check out “For the Love of Climbing: The Podcast,” leave a review, and share with your community!

Portland Alpine Fest and Base Camp Meetup (SATURDAY!)

Saturday, Nov. 19, 5:30–10 p.m. at Revolution Hall

“Experience an evening of exploration, pushing boundaries, and denying the existence of limits as you hear from two athletes who are out there challenging what is possible on a daily basis.” 

Okay, I am convinced that this event is going to be rad. We’ve got Sasha DiGiulian and Colin Haley as the keynote speakers, an extended screening of the new Fred Beckey documentary (he’ll be making an appearance!), and it benefits the Mazamas, a Portland-based mountaineering club. What’s not to like? Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to actually meet other climbers! Like, in person!

If you can’t make it to the actual event, or don’t want to spend $35 on the ticket (It’ll be worth it!) swing by Base Camp Brewing for the PAFterparty. I’ll be there (probably by myself) so please come and chat! It would be awesome to get the chance to meet up with some of you to share ideas and feedback for Alpenglow Collective, and to just hang out and grab a beer.

More info on the PAF website, I also posted it under the EVENTS tab.


(PS – if you’re trying to find me, this is my face)



Welcome to the Alpenglow

Hey everyone, welcome to Alpenglow Collective. I’m really excited to have finally launched this thing and am eagerly awaiting all of your feedback and inputs. When I decided to post about AC on Facebook a few days ago, I just figured that I would show a couple of friends and continue to tinker around with the look and functions until I had everything perfect. BUT after a few friends shared my post and people whose names I don’t recognize began signing up, I realized it was time to actually take this release seriously and get cracking. I’ll be making a ton of edits within the next couple of weeks, so please feel free to shoot me an email – if you’ve got some ideas! Looking forward to connecting with you all and kicking this off in a big way!

How Ready is Ready?


This project is the first thing in awhile that literally keeps me up at night.

I get these big ideas pretty frequently- I’m going to start a blog. I’m going to write a book about my adventures. I’m going to learn photography so I can work for an outdoor magazine. I’m going to start an Etsy where I can sell the little things I make. I’m going to…. not see any of these through.

This too started as a thought, a suggestion, a glimmer of something I mentioned in passing with a girl I fit a harness for at REI. I put it on the backburner for a bit. But once I realized that people were actually interested in this, that it wasn’t just a couple of encouraging friends gushing “oh ya that’s a great idea!” and that I REALLY wanted to use this myself, I knew I had to go for it. I don’t know anything about coding. I don’t have any experience with web design or social media (What is a hashtag really for…?). But I stayed up late one night fucking around with CSS over and over again and FINALLY something clicked. And ever since, I’ve been avidly plowing away at this thing and literally cannot wait to come home from a 14 hour day at work and sit behind my computer to work on it.

If you’re reading this now (Mid-October), you’re one of the verrrrry select few people I’ve let in on this thing. SO HELP A SISTER OUT AND CRITIQUE THE SHIT OUT OF IT. The design is still in its baby I-don’t-know-how-to-code-so-gimme-a-break steps. The content is the most important here. What do you want to see? What’s missing? What’s confusing? What’s awkward or ugly?

Thank you, ladies of the Alpenglow. Stay rad.


Parts of a Whole: The Collective

I’ve been so inspired by all of the female climbers and alpinists I’ve encountered lately, especially those who have been actively trying to get more women outside. There are numerous Facebook pages, Instagram accounts, independent media, and apparel companies geared towards women who climb, emboldening them to get out, meet up, and form a community. The one thing I feel is missing is a uniting forum for all of these mediums where women can seek out mentors, partners, gear advice, route beta, and events in their area. The goal of AlpenglowCollective is to provide a space to amass all of our resources and to go a step beyond.

There will be many facets of AlpenglowCollective, but the one I am most excited about is the “Mentors/Partners” page. This tool will be focused on finding women in your area who want to get out and climb, regardless of age or experience. Your profile will provide your climbing level, where you are looking to climb, and your goals and aspirations. For example – “I have been climbing for a year and a half, I am passionate about trad and alpine, I want to learn more about crevasse rescue and building complex trad anchors.” This way, you can easily pair up with people who you want to learn more from, who could benefit from your knowledge, or who have similar goals.

This is a true work in progress, and any input/suggestions/things you would like to see would be extremely appreciated! I am super excited to work with everyone on uniting this rad community, and can’t wait to meet some more badass lady climbers.


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