Lemon Lavender Lust Cupcakes

"These cupcakes taste like spring-light, sweet, and delicious. The zesty lemon frosting is amazing, and goes well with the subtle flavors of the spongy lavender cake. Perfect for tea time, these make you want to smile!" -Kara Caputo, taste tester and cupcake namer And for those who are worried lavender will taste like soap... "I was originally put off ...

An Everest Interview with Emily Harrington

One of my closest friends, and my roommate, Emily Harrington, will attempt to summit Mount Everest this spring. To put it mildly, Emily is a badass. She was a badass long before Everest came into the picture. Not only has she worked her way well into the ranks of sport climbing, with multiple ascents of 5.14b, but she has also made a mark for herself in the ...

Injury Prevention

I don't know whether I have a fragile body, low pain tolerance, or I just whine a lot, but typically, some part of my body hurts. It's safe to say that most of the time, I have only myself to blame for these aches and pains. When I was 12, I felt the need to prove I could do bicep curls with 25 pound weights at every team practice. As a result, I have mild ...

Chocolate Almond Joy Cake

As climbers, athletes, Boulderites, or human beings, we're all at least a tiny bit concerned with our diets. Whether it's skimping on the salad dressing, eating nothing but rice cakes and gummy worms all day because they're "fat free", or trying to limit sodium intake like my Grandpa, we all have some slightly neurotic food tweak that we believe makes us ...

8 things to keep you busy in Seattle

1. Vital Tea Leaf. I can't say I know a lot about tea, but I'll throw it out there that this tea shop is the best. Sit down at a low bar and sample miniature cups of whatever tea you like, steeped right in front of you. Careful, you just might be there for a few hours while the very sweet Chinese owners keep steeping and pouring and asking what you'd like to ...

The Epiphany

Once upon a time...ahem, last month, I lived under the assumption that bouldering ability directly correlated with power. While working on Free Willy in Hueco a few weeks back with my friend Seth Lytton, I had an epiphany; To improve my bouldering skills, not only do I need to gain power but I also need to learn to think differently. This may seem obvious. ...