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Ambassador Spotlight: Joanna Yates

By Brian Maslach Please join us in welcoming our newest ambassador: Joanna Yates! Joanna is a remarkable human as well as being a phenomenal rider and coach. Her positive attitude caught my attention before I knew anything about her coaching or riding abilities. Her energy is contagious! Not surprisingly, she is a professional mountain bike coach and guide at the Sedona Mountain Bike Academy. She is also the content creator and social media manager for Thunder Mountain Bikes in Sedona Originally from West Virginia, Joanna initially developed her mountain biking skills in Slatyfork, WV. She moved to Sedona, a place many of us dream to be, to professionally utilize and further develop her skills. She's definitely the type of person I am excited to utilize to help test and...

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Onsighting Moonlight Buttress

I have dreamt about trying to onsight Moonlight Buttress for years. This iconic route ascends a prominent prow of immaculate sandstone for over 1000 feet of finger crack delight. Featuring flawless rock, thrilling exposure, and jaw-dropping scenery, this sustained journey breaks down into 10 pitches. The first four provide a friendly warm-up: moderates, with one slightly spicy 5.11 traverse to keep you on your toes. The next six pitches are the business. Each offers a unique test of one’s crack climbing proficiency, so depending on height, finger size, and level of endurance, the “crux” of this line varies widely by climber. The magnitude of this goal, with its physical and mental challenges, has long inspired and motivated me.

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Under-Fueling: The Ultimate Sandbag

I love trying really freaking hard. I love digging deep, tapping the last reserves, and emptying the tank as I push my limits physically and mentally on the rock. I pursue climbing as a way of life because I enjoy exploring new places, meeting fellow adventure enthusiasts, and playing in the great outdoors. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Sport Nutrition at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. My goal is to help athletes use nutrition to maximize their health and performance. Through my studies, I have grown aware of the past inadequacy of my own dietary practices as well as the widespread acceptance of an unhealthy approach to food, diet, and weight throughout the climbing community....

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Meet Stefano Barberi

I met Stefano for the first time and rode with him during the Haute Route Malibu Invitational in March. He even coached me through the time trial up Piuma Road and I've since continued to use his advice while riding. Stefano is an unassuming, soft-spoken guy, with a wealth of experience from years as a professional cyclist. He’s the sort of person you can learn a lot from given the chance, so I jumped at the opportunity to ask him some questions.

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