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The Climbing Community Using Instagram to Support

Instagram has long been used for images and videos, and now there’s Instagram TV, but more and more climbers are using it to support each other.

Climbers suffer through a lot pain, loss, injury and heartache. While many climbers play tough and often don’t express their struggles and sadness online, some do.

Not only that, but many climbers are using Instagram to make express who they are and to share more about themselves. And it’s awesome.

Climbers need to support each other, so keep it up. Positive online feedback and stories are better than all of that bad stuff.

You don’t need to go far to find a number of example, but click on the images below to read the comments.

I see alot of people, including my self, talk mostly about all the good times and adventures we have through IG and FB but there is a balance to life that I have recently and previously been smacked in the face with. It is down time, a state of burn out or an injury period or even sickness where our bodies forces us to take time to recover. It is a time where we realize alot about our selves and that we are still human and vulnerable. I also feel like it is healthy and important to talk about these times of growth and recovery.  I tore part of my rotator cuff (infraspinatus and supraspinatus) bouldering and have been forced to sit with this, sit with this space that forces me to be present in my body and love it for all that it does for me. As for an individual who struggles with hyperactivity and doesn't sit still much, this is always tough. I love pushing my self, growing and progressing in all aspects of life and to be slown down is always hard. So for now I will be still, love my self and my healing process so when I come back I'll be stronger then ever! For all those who are competing this weekend in Kelowna for #rocktheblocs boulder competition, good luck, kick some serious ass and have soo much fun. 📸 – @irrationalcarny

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🏳️‍🌈I guess this post is part two of yesterday’s post. I happen to be transgender. I always have been and always will be. It’s been a long and painful route to get to this point, but I can’t keep pretending to be someone I’m not. I know some of you have already made up your mind about who and what transgender people are, but I hope you will remain open. If not, I hope our past connection will allow you to leave me in peace. I’m not going to debate here or elsewhere on my or other trans people’s validity or identity. For everyone else, thanks for being there throughout my life. I know many of you will have questions, but please understand I’m not going to spend much time answering questions on social media. I’ll be speaking out publicly about these issues and will provide info on when and where these might be in the future. Although I’ve known I was different all my life; it’s only recently I finally acknowledged that transitioning to living full-time as a woman is the best option for me in moving forward with my life. It wasn’t an easy decision and one I agonized over, but once I finally admitted to myself and others that this is a part of who and what I am, I’ve been happier and healthier than ever before. I’ve been lucky/privileged enough to have the support of my amazing wife, family, and close friends throughout my transition and I can’t thank you all enough! I know that the future will hold many challenges as there is still so much stigma, misinformation, and hate towards transgender people, but the benefit of finally being true to who I am far outweighs these issues. In moving forward, I’ve legally changed my name, and gender as well. I ask that you refer to me as Nikki and use female pronouns, she, her and hers. As I’ve come out over the last year, many have admitted that they don’t know much about transgender people and are worried about saying or doing the wrong thing or offending me. Don’t be. It’s taken me years to figure this out. I don’t expect everyone to know how to react or respond immediately. It will be an adjustment for everyone. I look forward to figuring this all out together with your help and support. 🏳️‍🌈 Thanks, Nikki Smith

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