It's a difficult time for rock climbing. The gyms are closed, climbing outside is discouraged, and at Climbing's home base in Boulder, Colorado, it's also snowing. But, us climbers are a resourceful people. You can climb anything if you put your mind to it (and have the requisite finger and core strength). And many climbers have been doing just that—climbing anything they can. The above photo was submitted by reader John Nguyen. He writes:
"It’s been two days since @sportrock has closed. I’m fine on supplies but in order to keep morale high during these isolated times, I decided to go for the first ascent of my kitchen (5.9)(5.13c in your house). Conditions were near perfect but the Oreos in the pantry were a huge distraction and prevented me from the free solo onsight 😔. The route is bolted but I recommend placing a .5 and #1 cam at the oven and a #.75 at the dishwasher. DM me if you want the coordinates to this gorgeous granite line (serious inquiries only)"
Have you been sending your own cabinetry, furniture, or other household structures? We want to see how you're dealing with the quarantine. Send your photos, along with a description, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll feature our favorite images in a photo gallery on the website, and one lucky winner as chosen by the editors will receive a copy of Vantage Point, an anthology of the greatest stories from the last 50 years of Climbing Magazine. It'll give you something to read while you rest in between burns on the cabinet traverse.