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Ep. 124: Meditation and Yoga for Climbers with Susan Ashley Hunt

Yoga and meditation have been practiced for thousands of years, so there's far more to it than the core strength, flexibility, and mental focus promoted by popular culture. Being an absolute neophyte in both worlds, I wanted to learn from someone who is steeped in the traditions - but willing to explore outside the constraints of that tradition. 

Susan Ashley Hunt is a spiritual teacher and Buddhist who also happens to have found a passion in climbing. Her holistic and common sense approach to both meditation and yoga are interesting to me, and she makes easy comparisons to climbing and life. 

You can find Sue at www.livelightlyyoga.com

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

To check out the Airbnb in the Blue Mountains, go to https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/6124587?s=51

Don't forget to message her and tell her that you're a climber for a discount - tell her we sent you! 

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Ep. 123: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons for Climbers to Strength Train

It's become accepted that climbers should be lifting weights if we want to maximize our athletic potential. But why exactly? We have lots of reasons, but these are our top 5.

This Board Meeting is a little different. Since our board has grown, so should our Board Meetings. In this episode, rather than Nate, I'm talking to our Strength and Conditioning Coach, Paul Corsaro. The format you've come to know and love is alive and well, and Nate will return soon, but since Paul is an expert in this topic, it seemed like a no brainer. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 122: Board Meetings | Listener Questions - Roadtripping

In this episode Nate and I sit down to answer a few questions submitted through our Instagram Story. Many of the questions were related, so we've tried to piece together a narrative of sorts that answers these questions. More coming! 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanyclimbing 

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 121: Women In Climbing Panel Live from the 2018 CWA Summit

While I like to think that all of our discussions here are important, some are just plain bigger picture than others. This one falls into the bigger picture category. 

Recorded live at the 2018 CWA Summit, the Women in Climbing discussion brought up many great points and offered several learning opportunities for everyone present. Special thanks to all of the panelists and to the CWA, particularly Emily Moore and Laura Allured, for allowing me to broadcast this discussion. 

The discussion was moderated by Renee DeAngelis, and included Lynn Hill, Shelma Jun, Halcy Webster, Sophia Danenberg, Stephanie Ko Pound, and Becca Droz. 

NOTE: The url for the CWA Summit given in the episode is incorrect. You can find the correct url below. 

To find out more about the panelists, go to https://www.climbingwallsummit.org/women-in-climbing-plenary

To find out more or to register for the CWA Summit, go to www.climbingwallsummit.org

Follow the CWA on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/climbingwallassociation/

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 120: Board Meetings | Top 5 Reasons Why The Pros Are Better Than You

For most of you reading this, the truth is that the pros are better than you. Why? Are they special in some way? Some of them don't even "train"! How the hell did they get so good? 

Nate and I sit down after recording several other episodes and drinking several beers, to discuss the top 5 reasons why the pros are so good. Some reasons you can use to improve your own climbing, some that just depend on your situation. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com.

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast.

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep 119: Breaking Through with Brian Antheunisse

Dark Horse, Climber's Climber, Undercover Crusher - whatever you want to call it - today's guest Brian Antheunisse may be it. If you don't closely follow the comp scene or deviate from the typical climbing news cycle, that is. But if you pay attention, you know and respect the name.

I've been aware of Brian for quite some time, and got the chance to sit down with him and discuss his on and off 9 year epic battle with the Fred Nicole testpiece Esperanze (V14). Finding a nemesis in V14 is really not much different than finding one in your first V4. The same lessons, the same frustrations, and maybe, just maybe, the same elation. 

You can find Brian on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/bantheunisse/

You can see video of the Texas Legends Comp at https://youtu.be/hTIzNN3BAsU

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

Register for the CWA Summit at www.climbingwallsummit.org

 

Ep. 118: The Best Hangboard Protocol with Eva Lopez

Today's guest needs absolutely no introduction, but I'm honored to introduce her anyway. She is famed Spanish researcher, coach and climber Eva Lopez. We sat down in Salt Lake City to discuss the reactions to her research about finger strength, and to find out once and for all, What is the best hangboard protocol? 

You can find Eva and her Fingerboard Training Guide at http://en-eva-lopez.blogspot.com/

You can read Eva's research papers HERE

You can register for the CWA and our workshops there at https://www.climbingwallsummit.org/

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 117: Form and Function with Ayo Sopeju

Ayo Sopeju is a competitive climber, head setter at The Minneapolis Bouldering Project, and an artist who takes the utmost care with his work. This care carries over to all that he does - setting, conversation, everything. I wanted to know where the intersection of his detailed art and his setting happens, and how the calmness and flow he exudes coexists with the competition mindset. 

At Ayo's suggestion, we sat down for our conversation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, which turned out to be the perfect place for this episode. 

Check out Ayo's art at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/blog/2018/12/26/episode-117-form-and-function-with-ayo-sopeju

Follow Ayo on Instagram at www.instagram.com/think_ele

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanyclimbing

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 116: Not So Reckless Abandon with Kyra Condie

This past October in Minneapolis I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of the most exciting comp climbers to watch - recent Pan American Combined Champion Kyra Condie. We talk about coming up in a very testosterone driven climbing culture - one that has shaped much of how Kyra climbs. We discuss her spinal fusion surgery and how that does - or does not - limit her. And of course we get into training for the Olympics, and Kyra's recent switch to full time climbing and training. 

You can find Kyra at https://www.kyracondie.com/

You can follow Kyra on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kyra_condie

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Ep. 115: Climbing Past Mythology with Brittany Goris

We all create some sort of mythology around certain routes or grades - a mythology that often says "you don't belong on this route!" Todays guest, Brittany Goris, is no exception to that rule - except that she somehow pushes right through that mythology and sends those routes. I wanted to know how. 

I first learned of Brittany after she redpointed the Index testpiece "City Park", a 13c/d fingercrack with a rich history, and thus, mythology. One that she wasn't immune to, yet she pushed through it. 

You can find Brittany online at http://soclosewiz.tumblr.com/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gorisb

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.