Personalities

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The Legendary John Bachar

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We all have heroes, mentors…people we look up to. I have a lot of them and John Bachar is one mine. The first time I read or even heard about Bachar was after I bought a pair of his climbing shoes, Acopa Aztecs. I didn’t really like them all that much but I looked into the company that made them, nonetheless. That is how I discovered the likes of John Bachar.

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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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