Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Climber

The Climber is the official magazine of the NZ alpine club. It's the only climbing magazine published in NZ. It is an honor to write a piece about climbing while pregnant for this magazine given the line up of bad asses that usually grace this publication. Kiwi's are a hard core group with egos the size of peanuts and cojones that could crush a bull. The article is called, "A kick inside" and I'm happy that the idea of climbing while pregnant is starting to be an accepted one throughout the world. It's really not as scary as it sounds and it certainly made my pregnancy so much more enjoyable.

photo by Kyle George


  1. Totally awesome stuff Carrie. Totally inspiring and totally badass. I want to "Turn to page 55" and finish reading your article but I can't! Is there access to The Climber online anywhere?

  2. ask and ye shall receive! Thanks for reading!!

  3. Oh, that´s really fun for you! Keep up the good witing! It´s always nice to read your stuff! Keep up the ggod work!

    // Henke

  4. Climbing pregnant girlAugust 15, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    It's so great that your friends offered to rope up with you. It amazes me that some of my friends responded with, "I'm already climbing with x" when I ask them if they want to climb with me. On one hand, I understand their desire to keep training on lead and not climb on TR with me. But on the other hand, really?? I'm only gonna be pregnant for another few months. Jeez.

  5. I hear ya. Doug Barker was my climbing partner for the duration of my pregnancy. Nearly every time he headed into the gym he would call to see if I needed a belay. Finding people to climb outdoors was a bit more challenging. I definitely had the same experience on more than one occasion even if the person said they would "climb with me". I think sometimes people over-estimate what it would take to have a good day out climbing. For a pregnant woman, a rope on a warm-up or two outside is a good day. Carry an extra rope and leave it up on a warm-up (politely ask them to carry it for extra training :). Get a belay during their rests...I don't think people realize how simple it is. I had just about given up on roping up outside when my friend Lauren Lee (total bad ass, 5.13 crusher) came into town. She roused me to strap on my crampons and hike in the snow down to The Pit at 36 weeks. She put a rope up on any climb I wanted to get on (in total it was 2) all the while ticking off hard area classics. It was one of the best days I've ever had out climbing and it reminded me what a great climber actually is. Maybe just relaying your low maintenance needs might make it easier for them to invite you along. Let me know how it goes.

  6. Carrie, I have just watched you movie at Prana (a friend posted at and loved it.
    I'm Juliana, 28, and live in south Brazil.
    We have many places to go climbing over here, the nature is different, but always beautiful.
    My boyfriend/husband :) is a professional climber and I had never thought about climbing before meeting him. Now we go together sometimes and he really wants me to become a rock mountain climber ... your movie was an inspiration! I have some issues about it, but will try harder from now on.
    I'll show him later this night. He'll love it too.
    Best regards, Juliana

  7. Thanks Juliana and good luck with the climbing!


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