Clair Marie is a professional BASE jumper, a mountain bike racer, a rock climber, and a snow sports addict. We spoke with her about how she made the leap to her current career trajectory. 1. How did you first get started BASE jumping, and what drew you to it? I saw BASE jumping when I was …

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Being bound by rope and rock is a special kind of bond. It’s only a certain type of person that you’d want to spend hours with talking about holds, trips you want to take, being sore, your love life — or anything else — covered in chalk, lounging on pads. Maybe you don’t see them outside of …

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I think we can all agree that Jimmy Chin looks amazing in a sweater vest. From there, the GQ Style photoshoot — “We Took Fall’s Crunchiest Designer Clothes Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park” — fell flat for me. Here’s why: I was three when I fell in love with Joshua Tree National Park. I fell instantly …

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It’s time once again to put on my gear-testing hat, or, in this case, my gear testing shoes. I tried out Arc’teryx’s new Arakys Approach Shoes in a variety of scrambles and scrabbles, and my feet felt just splendid. First of all, for those naysayers, approach shoes are a great invention. They can’t replace your …

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In the fall of 2012, I wobbled into my local Florida climbing gym. I was 30 pounds heavier than I had ever been. My center of gravity was thrown off. And I hadn’t worn pants with a belt in months. I was seven months pregnant and I was climbing in my third trimester. One evening …

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In the future I’ll probably count the summer of 2010 among the worst times of my life. I know I have a lot of life yet ahead of me, and many tragic things are guaranteed and many more are strong possibilities, but the summer of 2010 was atrocious. In the winter of 2009 I left …

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I checked my knot—through two, two in, two out, a clean and sturdy figure-8—and sank into the heady reality of my present. Bamboo stalks clacked with the breeze and dried leaves clattered noisily to the forest floor. The swirling limestone cliffs towered above me, as much home to wax bees and honeycombs as tufas and …

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On climbing, control, and learning to let go—literally. “I want to fail more, to fall more, and occasionally, grunting and squeaking, to make a successful and scrappy move towards the top of the wall.”

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