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Devin Dabney | Show Up As You Are

Devin Dabney is a climber, setter, coach, poet, and rapper. He's a good friend of mine, and two years ago we sat down and recorded this conversation - without a plan and not really knowing what would come out of it. Now felt like the appropriate time to send it out into the world. 

We discuss race, tough conversations, mentorship, and making art. At this time Devin was just beginning to find his voice - one I've been proud to watch evolve and gain momentum. I hope that trend continues. 

You can find Devin's latest mixtape, If You Didn't Send, It's Too Late at  https://deuceishiphop.bandcamp.com/album/if-you-didnt-send-its-too-late

Devin is on Bandcamp at https://deuceishiphop.bandcamp.com/

On Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/artist/6217P5Z5V6r82cO6z0oX0y?si=4XveDS8yRkq_vgEq4m045Q

And on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/deuceishiphop

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Daniel Woods Used the N-Word in a Video and We’re All Complicit

Your favorite pro likely isn’t held accountable. There are several pro climbers out there who hold THEMSELVES accountable, and do a damned good job of it. But the sponsors, the photographers and filmmakers, their friends and fans - we don’t hold them accountable. We should.

Last week I was shown a video shot and edited by Chad Greedy in 2010, part of which included a young Daniel Woods trying The Game. In the video, we hear Wu-Tang in the background. Chad very casually repeats the lyrics, “Shame on a N**** “ (not singing along, just repeating them back), and Daniel follows suit.

It had nearly 28,000 views. Only one comment about the use of a racist slur. One comment said “best climbing video ever.”

You can see the video at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/blog/n-word  I post the video not to shame Daniel or the other climbers involved. I post it here to point out how casual it all is. Nobody seems bothered. This is 100% part of the reason why Black climbers don’t feel comfortable at the crag. And then a video was edited - with this clip purposely left in - and they assumed that it was fine to post it on Youtube. WHY?

Because they’ve never had to be accountable.

In this episode Nate and I discuss the timeline of events of contacting sponsors and talking to Daniel, and the thought process we went through - which in itself is problematic. I’ll be unpacking my own thoughts and actions for a while. We went from destructive to constructive to secretive back to constructive. A podcast with Daniel was scheduled, which he ultimately backed out of after realizing he was woefully unprepared. Now here we are.

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Tell your friends. Fuck racism. 

Genevive Walker | Black Voices Matter

Genevive Walker is unapologetic. She knows that it takes all types to make change, and she has the unique ability to be many of those types all at once. 

In this episode I sit down with Genevive in between projecting days in Tensleep, WY - a very white town in a very white state that has no hate crime laws - to discuss racism and the ways it manifests in climbing. And what we can do about it. 

You can find Genevive at https://www.instagram.com/walkergenevive

You can find Scott at https://www.instagram.com/dscottclarkphoto

As always, we are at https://www.powercompanyclimbing.com

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We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Brown Girls Climb | A Starting Point

This conversation originally aired in July 2018. I repost it now because it's my starting point, and may be yours as well. 

Find Brown Girls Climb at www.browngirlsclimb.com 

Find our online uprising resources at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/uprising-resources

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We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Board Meetings | Granny Shot: Do You Follow the Crowd?

In this episode Nate and I have a discussion inspired by Episode 3 of Revisionist History from Malcolm Gladwell titled The Big Man Can't Shoot. Malcolm discusses Granovetter's theory of the Threshold Model of Collective Behavior through the lens of shooting free throws.

We work through it in terms of climbing. 

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We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.

Board Meetings | Top 5 Ways to Salvage a Season

This episode was recorded in Summer of 2018, but got lost in the archives. Now that climbing areas are beginning to open again, it seemed like a good time to resurrect it. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

You can find The Hard Truth at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/the-hard-truth 

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

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Listener Question | Projecting, Tactics, and Training for Climbing After 40

In this episode I try to answer a few great but not easy questions from our listeners. 

When do you keep grinding on a project vs. taking a step back and training for it?

What are the differences of training in your 40's vs. your 20's and 30's? 

If 2nd Try Sends can help your longterm projects, can longterm projecting help you send faster?

You can find The Hard Truth at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/the-hard-truth

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

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

Lockdown | Motivated or Not with Special Guests

So many people right now are struggling with motivation right now. Rather than give only my advice, I sought out the opinions of past and future guests including Sam Elias, Eva Lopez, Jonathan Siegriest, and many others. 

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. 

Board Meetings | The Art of Learning Climbing

In this episode Nate and I breakdown the lessons we learned from listening to Episode 412 of the Tim Ferriss podcast with guest Josh Waitzkin.  Josh is the author of The Art of Learning, one of our favorite books, and has a great approach to the learning process. On Tim's podcast, Josh essentially asks the question "What holes do we have in our mental models for learning?" from the perspective of his new hobby. We try to apply the same questions and perspectives to climbing. 

You can find us at www.powercompanyclimbing.com

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

The new book The Hard Truth is available for preorder at www.powercompanyclimbing.com/the-hard-truth

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles.  

Listener Question | How to Know When to Get Better vs. Get Stronger?

We're switching things up and answering some of the good questions our community has for us. First up is a really great question that we should all be asking ourselves pretty much constantly - How do I know when to focus on getting better vs. getting stronger? 

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Support the podcast at www.patreon.com/powercompanypodcast 

We don't tweet. We scream like eagles. 

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