As a climber, it’s easy to watch American Ninja Warrior and say, “I could do that.” The obstacle course is full of things to be campused, jumped across, or balanced on. It seems designed for our skill set, with most objectives requiring a vice grip and unlimited pull-up strength. Competitive boulderer Meagan Martin wasn’t sure she could cruise the course when she was invited to audition by the show’s producers, but she did think it would be a fun challenge. She went on to become the first woman to finish the Denver qualifying course and the Jumping Spider obstacle in finals. We spoke to Martin about her experience.
With user-friendly, DIY websites, anyone can run a rock climbing blog. But few update their blogs several times daily—and attract more than 2,500 unique visitors per day. Brian Runnells, aka the Climbing Narcissist, is one of those few. The Wisconsin native created Climbingnarc.com about four years ago, and he now spends 10 to 20 hours a week posting competition results, news of hard ascents around the world, videos, and debates over controversial topics.