On Episode 205 of the Enormocast, I get to go sideways from rock climbing to rock and roll with musician/climber, Alexis Krauss. Alexis is a Gunks climber, a guide, and also happens to be living one of my alternate dreams as half of the “noise rock” (Wikipedia) band, Sleigh Bells. During a tour in 2013, Alexis found climbing and was nearly instantly hooked. Placing climbing into the relentless touring and recording life was a breath of fresh air and a balancing for Alexis. But not happy just to participate, Alexis took her earlier teaching roots and applied those skills to Young Woman Who Crush. YWWC takes young woman from the city and introduces them to climbing in the gym and then outdoors. Alexis and the other mentors of YWWC have taught young woman from amazingly diverse and unexpected backgrounds not just climbing fundamentals, but the breadth of the beauty of the natural world. From rock and roll to rock climbing to teaching, Alexis takes these seemingly disparate pursuits and weaves them into a tapestry of passion, creativity, and commitment and finally, a life well-lived.
There’s Only One Way to Rock. Wrong!
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