August 26, 2020

Episode 19: Climbing with Elaina Arenz

In this episode: rope access, why you should hire a guide, can those skinny climbing ropes hold a Sasquatch, and the Raiders. We talk with Elaina Arenz, climber, rock guide, instructor, rope access technician and all-around inspiring outdoorist.

Show Notes

  • 00:38 – Introduction to Elaina Arenz
  • 01:40 – What is International Rope Access Technician Association (IRATA)?
  • 03:20 – Let’s talk about football (a brief diversion)
  • 05:37 – How a job at the shopping mall led to Elaina getting started with climbing
  • 07:02 – Running New River Mountain Guides
  • 07:50 – Teaching for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA)
  • 11:50 – The Warrior’s Way program
  • 13:30 – Favorite climbing adventures
  • 23:18 – Transition from rock climbing to rope access work
  • 28:05 – Future adventures
  • 30:28 – Climbing advice for a Sasquatch
  • 34:45 – Why we should trust a climbing rope
  • 36:35 – Empowering women in the outdoors
  • 47:06 – Closing thoughts

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The Almost There Adventure Podcast is a celebration of outdoor activities both local and epic. Discussing the big topics and talking to adventurers, artists, legends and activists within the outdoor community.

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