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Vanity takes over

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
2 min read

So usually I post pictures of other people on here because I’m generally either (1) the one behind the camera and not in front of it, or (2) photos of me live up to the phrase uttered by more than one talented photographer faced with trying to take a decent picture of me — for such a decent-looking girl, I am not at all photogenic.

Because I’m sharing my life and stories on here, there will occasionally be pictures that involve me, even if they’re embarassing or less than flattering, because, let’s face it, that’s what I get. It’s not like I’m leaving out the stunning perfectly beautiful shots of me — they just don’t happen very often. So when I do come across a photo of me that I like, I’m really surprised. And here is one of the very few, so here it is.

My dear (strong, incredible, independent, inspirational, fun, and utterly from-the-heart) friend Olivia snapped this during our trip to Smith earlier this summer. The climb (Hop on Pop, 5.8, on the Peanut) is memorable for me for a few reasons. I’ve spent this season trying to rebuild my confidence on lead after letting it get shaken last summer by trying to push too hard, too fast, and scaring myself. This was a climb I had heard was a bit twitchy for a 5.8. Even at this point in the year I was pretty comfortable leading a straightforward 5.8, but wasn’t sure I was up for twitchy. Also, the route migrates horizontally as you go up, so there’s potential for a swing if you fall. Finally, there may be potential for a groundfall (also known as “decking“) if something goes wrong and you take a fall on one of the lower bolts. Nevertheless, we walked up to the climb, I pulled out my draws and shoes and tied into the sharp end, and had a super fun lead. I did ask for spotters on the lower bolts, and I did stick-clip the first bolt — but up through the groundfall potential phase I stayed relaxed and confident; and after I was above groundfall potential I really relaxed and just got into the groove. I just remember feeling really confident, and thinking, “I can do this” during the first climb of what turned out to be a super morning.

Thanks, Olivia, for sharing the pic with me, and here’s to many more confident, relaxed, and fun climbing days together…


Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.