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Photo Gallery: 62 Quarantine Climbing Photos

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Celeste Lozano

“My first Kitchen Crack FA, 5.8. A mix of finger crack and hand stack jams. Wow! Didn’t need to bring my nuts cause the whole wall was all cams!”

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Kevin Lai

El Staircase (5.10a, single pitch, 15 feet).

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Remigius Graas

The Balcony drytool M5/A0/III+/WI1.”

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Savannah Hyson

“Bagel Bite Delight, a well protected traversing 5.7 with a fun roof section at the end. The exposed dyno from the fridge to the island might push it to a 5.7+. Alpine draws are recommended above the microwave and the fridge. Chance of rockfall 0%, but hazards include breaking household objects and falling on small dogs. Tasty Bagel Bites await the climber at the anchor.

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Lindsay Hastings

“Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean ice climbing season is over!”

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Sri Kumar

“Rappelling and jumaring, and also cleaning the well. A tri-combo that will happen only in India, especially in the south.”

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Rei Niimi

Search for the Spice (5.8+). This was the first climb after my shoulder surgery. During the four months prior my muscle weakened and so my arms pumped. Cam selection skill decreased and my palms sweat, but forgot my chalk. So I focused on my breath to calm myself down. Thankfully, the thin foothold on the fridge which my wife suggested, helped. I successfully made my way up to the final anchor. At the same time, I noticed that I am on track for getting back to my goal 5.13 route.
Also, I found the spice for our lunch.”

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Dominik Zalewski

“I always wanted to learn how to efficiently aid. Now I have time to pursue this dream in my backyard.”

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Spencer McKay
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Spencer McKay
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Morgan Hardy

“Pulling a ‘cave’ boulder route on fresh pine. Heel hooks or toe hooks recommended for gnarly yet satisfying crimps. Mattress not included.”

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Kat Eng
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Michele Caminati

“Today, great progress on the wall with Claudia overcoming Monster Offridge (5.12d). 6th day on the wall. 19 left to finish our route on Kitchen Hell. Lots of cold beer left. Psyched!”

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Celeste Lozano

“Found another wall, much steeper this time, I had some Hail-Mary moves, more like Pippi Longstocking, or a really shallow leg kneebar compression to clip the third 0.5 cam. I’ll call this Pippi Longstocking (B 5.10) FA—’B’ for bathroom.”

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Lise Small

“In my garden!” 

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Shaun Marquez

“Just checking out our dusty windows for cleaning.”

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Alban Bnstn
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Chad Smith

(Check the tree.)

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Rebecca West

“Haha!”

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Irene Yee

“Really I could try harder to stop myself…BUT I JUST CAN’T.”

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Matt Langsford

“Mantling the mantelpiece.”

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Michele Caminati

“Never stop dreaming.”

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@jakksinn

“Quarantine day 3. Snagged an FA of Social Distance (5.10c). 5.11b with the stand start. The crack between the fridge and the cabinet takes a nice 0.75. So bomber.”

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Simon Leggett
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Martin Hall

“Stair Traverse (HVD). A very short route but gear placement a bit iffy. A bit fluttery. Not for the faint of heart.”

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Michael Heeney

“I’ve been staring at this line for the past 15 days, wondering if it was even possible. It was unclimbed and extremely chossy, and the lack of crash pads and an overwhelmed healthcare system made me question if I should even attempt it. But when I woke up this morning to a cold house and wanted to make a fire, I just knew that today was the day. I named the route LaDuraflame, it goes at V?.”

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Kate Sedrowski

“Climbing the walls, like everyone else! Don’t worry, I didn’t top out this chossy highball (but I did scout out the descent, and it goes straight to my front door on the second floor). And, yes, of course my crashpad matches the trim on the house.”

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Kenneth Holvoet

“Corona has me climbing up the walls. All projects in the house sent. Climb the south wall of the house next?”

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Amy Ham

“Being short, I need a slightly different beta for getting the tortillas. Thanks @hoosierheights for offering me the space to practice for real-life applications like this!” 

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Lottie Ion

“Today marks a momentous day, in which I joined my fellow Quarantine Climbers in achieving a couple of First Ascents: Sunset Balcony Traverse, Staircase Direct.”

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@c.r.d.n.t.s

https://www.instagram.com/p/B97x2evJ4R3/

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Alejs

“Shout out to my spotters @drmisterpickles and Percival with their gentle encouragement and their soft (so soft) catch. Couldn’t top out this boulder today, but feeling strong and motivated. Six Burner Stove, V project.”

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Sabrina

“Instant classic, well bolted but pretty sure I felt some shifting on the final two holds—crux is definitely the part where you hit the shutter, climb onto the counter, tie in, and then pose before the self timer is up.”

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Kristen Britt

“Trying some different beta… (P.S. This was 100% the kind of stuff my parents were regularly upset about me doing as a child.)”

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Be Bold Seek Adventure Family

“Talk about ADAPTING…this lifestyle is ALL about ADAPTING. So although there are parts of our life that have been jossled a bit, we are doing what we can to be flexible and ADAPT to our (and the world’s) current situation. Here’s Bryce on the Blue Bird Wall, first sscent and first lead on the Emergency Exit Door route. 5.4.”

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Vitul Varshney

“When the cookies you wanted are on the top shelf.”

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Keely Pleger

“The struggle is real!”

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ExquisiteLifetime

“Aujourd’hui c’est le J4 du confinement, une semaine que je n’ai pas pu grimper. Un problème, une solution!”

Rough translation: “Today is day four of quarantine, a week I couldn’t climb. A problem, a solution!”

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@_.b.c

“??‍♀️”

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@stefandrachsler

“Die Küchen Nord-Süd Route heute gemeistert. Hier ein Foto direkt in der Spülen.”

Rough translation: “The North-South Route of the kitchen mastered today. Here is a photo directly in the sink.


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Agueo Lopez

“When you have to scratch the climbing itch during quarantine.”

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Anne Giles

“I have discovered that self-quarantine is very hard for extroverts. On the upside I have also discovered that the hall is very protectable on gear.”

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Keith Charles

“Late night quarantine hikes brought us to Cat out of Hell (V2) FA.”

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Isaac Emery

“It was day 4, and as a storm started to move in. I knew this could be my last chance to send the proj. As fate would have it, a weather window opened with just enough time for it to all to come together. I’ve learned so much from this endeavor, but I think what stands out more than anything, is brand placement—I present: Quentin Quarantino (M19).”

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Kayla Haloupek

“Tiny apartment, gotta work with what you’ve got.”

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@df.firaz

“Trad from home, not work from home.”

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Madison Smith

“Day 1 since climbing gyms closed: I am already going insane.”

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Matt Cianfrani

“Found a great offwidth today. #blessed

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“One of the two routes I set on the outside of our house. The route seen here has some tricky mantel/de-mantels and a balancey-press section. Super fun!”

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@chill_a_ut

“Staying at home? No problem, first ascent of route called Pandemic (VI), roof.

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Edith Shum

“I’ve been advised that during these isolating times, one must be creative. It’s been two weeks since my last outdoor climbing session here in Oman, and while I’ve been entertained with photos of climbers sending their own dining tables, chairs, door frames, or kitchens, I decided it was time to get ready for that first ascent on the grand stairway.”

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@155andclimbing

“When a climber is stuck at home.”

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Emily Wolin

“Practicing heel hooks on St(a)ir Crazy (V2), my apartment complex.”:

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@surmounters

“Now that we’re all stuck in a quarantine…”

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Jen

Quarantine Chimney.”

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Jillian Gerlitz

“Conditions were less than ideal, and I was susceptible to hidden staples on the final steps. Topping out to the loft is not advised before 10 a.m., as others will still be asleep, and will not be excited to wake up and celebrate your morning send.” 

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Xavier Coll

“This is how I am dealing with quarantine at home. Still climbing.”

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Chris Chungbin

“At least I have a chance to relax during quarantine. (The knee bar works with more slack but my belayer didn’t want me to die so I have some help.)”

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A. Jesse Jiryu Davis

White Wall (5.8): A classic route in the heart of the Manhattan climbing region. The easy chimney at the start leads to a brutal roof traverse with few hands. The first bolt is sketchy, bring a crash pad if you have one. To preserve the spectacular surface of the rock, local guidelines recommend using a Magic Eraser after your climb.”

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Casey O’Connor

“Climbing backyard walls at my house and managed to get the FA on Welcome to the Jungle (V1)!”

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Mixed Feelings (6b+). First ascent: 3/22/2022. Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”

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Melanie Heffington

“This is my 11-year-old daughter Lola, who took to climbing our windows once the local climbing gym closed. She said the heel hook was a must to traverse this V1+.”

We challenged our readers to send us their best photos of themselves climbing their homes during the quarantine. The response was incredible—so incredible, in fact, that it took us a while to sort through them all. Our creative readers have been sending refrigerators, mantling mantels, crimping brick exteriors, and more during the shutdown. Browse the gallery of submissions above.

The winner of the contest is Celeste Lozano, whose photo appears first in the gallery. Celeste impressed us by shooting her refrigerator to look like a traditional climbing photo, taken from above. As a result, her kitchen looks like a legitimate corner crack. Well done, Celeste! We’ll be sending her a copy of our Vantage Point anthology, which collects some of the best and most notable stories from Climbing Magazine’s 50-year history.

We also received a number of clever videos:

https://www.instagram.com/p/B97x2evJ4R3/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-DVfmmhpaS/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-5MXgmDjL5/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-fVicghTy2/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-d7KIxDXkH/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-YZKHYDgki/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-OITPLDcQW/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-Kxl07pFiC/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-C3PVCjLs9/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B-AhjDEFECk/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B9-fH5MAXWg/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B94FvKQpKGc/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B94ewSbgupq/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B97ogzngFGv/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B95xdkNJOe0/ https://www.instagram.com/p/B90HOqOHHRO/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h12Us8UUZkE