Articles by Kat Harling

Hailing from Queens, Kat is a senior at Bates who left the concrete jungle for Maine’s icy temperament and granite features. When she’s not outside climbing rocks and romping around the woods you can find her hermit-ing it up in the library working on thesis, reading up on ecofeminist literature, pedagogic theory, and the latest alien abductions. (Insert alien emoji here.)


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Backyard Bouldering at Bradbury Mountain

To talk about one’s love for climbing is to encourage a host of cliches. “It’s about the journey, not the destination.” “No pain, no gain.” The sport itself is full of contradictions and tensions, complicated relationships between seemingly dichotomous things, such as careful control and raw power. To climb is to pursue these paradoxes that…

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A Muggle’s Guide to Climbing Jargon

Ever find yourself listening to climbers talk with each other and feel a bit like the odd antelope out at the watering hole? Sure, they might be speaking English but it definitely doesn’t seem like it when every other word sounds made-up. Beta? Biners?? Bears!?! Oh my. Okay, maybe “bears” isn’t actually climbing lingo, but…