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Local Legend: Thea Maria Blodgett-Gallahan

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Easily recognized by her small size, large laugh, and notably dirty pink jacket, Thea Marie Blodgett-Gallahan is a North East rock climber with a frenetic personality and unbridled enthusiasm for hard trad. Once Thea steps onto the rock her nervous energy subsides and one gets the sense that climbing is an effortless and peaceful endeavor. Born and raised in Ithaca New York, Thea at age 25 is quickly becoming recognized as one of the leading trad climbers in the Northeast. Her impressive quick repeats of classic hard lines in the Gunks and Adirondacks have solidified her reputation as a climber with both the mental stamina and creativity to climb and protect lines that have been thought of more as top-ropes than leads since the era of their first ascent.

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Local Legend: Jean-Pierre Ouellet

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You don’t have to be tall to be one of the best climbers in the world. Jean-Pierre Ouellet is the perfect example and living proof that a climber standing only 5’ 8” tall can repeat and establish hard sport and crack climbs. Ouellet has been spending a lot of time in the desert of Utah as of late and with much success to brag home about. His recent accomplishments include, Necronomicon (5.14a or 13d), The Vadge (5.13-) and he made the first ascent of the roof crack, Fisting the Crack (5.13-) onsight. Back home in Quebec, Ouellet made the true free ascent of Le Zebra (5.14a) and has repeated Le Toit de Ben (5.13a) many time. We caught up with him to talk about life and climbing.

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