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Cragsters: Meet the Offwidthionado

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Presenting Cragsters, a series of illustrations and descriptions by Adam Nawrot of climber-types. Cut ’em out, collect ’em, laugh, cry, or rage—just remember, don’t judge, because we’ve all been one type of Cragster or another.

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The Offwidthionado.Adam Nawrot

It’s not clear whether the Offwidthionado is drawn to wide cracks because of masochistic tendencies or because she thinks that engaging in a discipline that’s universally agreed-upon as heinous makes her seem unique … or something. Either way, her readiness to wriggle between opposing sandpaper walls is concerning—you might even call it a “dark art,” requiring the practitioner to grovel, thrutch, and shed more blood than Satanists at a goat sacrifice. When not at the crag, the Offwidthionado can be found suspended upside-down, practicing inversions and “Leavittation” on plywood torture devices in her basement “Crack Den.” To preserve precious skin, Offwidthionados will wear tape gloves, kneepads, high-top shoes, and work pants. If these curious accessories don’t already make her stand out, her collection of comically large cams and industrial-strength metal tubes that every touron in the parking lot is inquiring about surely will.

Stomping Grounds

  • Vedauwoo, Wyoming
  • Indian Creek, Utah
  • Yosemite, California
  • Squamish, British Columbia
  • Sedona, Arizona

Dreams of

  • Exploratory caving
  • Chimney sweeping
  • Ritualistic sacrifice
  • Bats

Lingo

  • Chicken wing
  • Armbar
  • Heel-toe
  • Flare
  • Pod
  • Fat stack
  • Kneelock
  • Leavittation
  • Inversion
  • Bumping
  • Big Bro
  • Wide pony
  • Flailfest
  • Crack rash

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