Conversations with Climbers: Post-Send Rituals

Pro climbers answer climbing questions.
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Brad Peterson raps off Washer Woman Tower after climbing In Search of Suds (5.10+), Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

Brad Peterson raps off Washer Woman Tower after climbing In Search of Suds (5.10+), Canyonlands National Park, Utah.

What is your go-to celebration after sending a project?

Cedar Wright

I love good beer and good scotch. I cuddle with my wife and my two mini-dogs Gus and Bernie. Lately I've been getting in the sauna after training and that has become a cherished part of my routine.

Chris Schulte

Honestly I’m not too big on rituals, but i will say if it’s a big send, like really big, I’ll get a bottle of champagne and write the route name and date on the cork. Got a handful I’ve saved over the years: first 8b in Font, first 8b+, first 8c, particular FAs...

Chris Weidner

I love getting out my red pen or highlighter and “officially” ticking the route in the guidebook. Or if there’s no guidebook, I’ll surely have it written on at least one of my lists. Occasionally I’ll do this with a strong bourbon-barrel-aged stout to sip on.

Heidi Wirtz

Typically just a high five and eating lots of yummy food!

Jesse Huey 

I am the first to crack open a cold beer after a hard day of climbing. It seems to me that beer was invented for this reason?

Paige Claassen

Chocolate banana bread pudding made by my friend Kristin, when available.

Lynn Hill

I have a favorite beer, Leffe. I like to have my favorite beer. Usually I’m hanging out with a friend and we’ll have a meal, just normal stuff. The simple things in life are the best.

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