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Two Climbing Moms Take a Vacation and Go Deep

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Hey, so how's this school year going? It's been a long, hot summer 'round these here parts and we didn't get out for some fun nearly as frequently as I think we should have. Our oldest daughter started first grade (I know, right?) a couple of weeks ago, bringing the summer of 2013 to an awfully quick close. Now it's early mornings, a lot of hollering, homework, bedtime routines that drag on, when I finally get a sec I go, "How did I become this kind of parent? This wasn't supposed to happen to me. I'm supposed to be cool." And then prAna goes and flings this short video out there.

Check it out. Climbers Carrie Cooper and Jacinda Hunter are a pair of ladies who might surprise you. They're fit, pretty, and just playing around on some gorgeous deep water solos in the Arizona desert like a pair of carefree college girls in cowgirl hats and bikinis. Sorry, I don't mean to get carried away . . . You wouldn't know it from looking at them, but they're also both mothers (Cooper has two, Hunter has four) and working professionals. Plus they tack on the thankless work of prAna ambassadors who climb 5.14, thank you very much. The point of the short film is probably to spread some stoke and happy vibrations to lovers of rock climbing and the ultimate climbing adventure over deep water. A day without the kids and they skip the pedicure and go climbing instead? Swoon, y'all.

Yet all it did was make me a little bonkers. Where is this canyon that's so near me? Did I see pink toe nails? OMG, I want to pawn off the kids on a grandparent and take my pretty wife (with her bikini and cowgirl hat) out for a sweet weekend of deep water solos and rambunctious fun while we're still youngish. Let someone else do the baths, bedtime stories and school-day breakfasts for a couple of days.

Click play and enjoy. It's a lot of fun. If you can keep the jealousy in check.

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# Amanda 2013-09-13 14:54
When you find out where this is, you MUST tell us.

It's now on my list...
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Mark Stephens
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# Mark Stephens 2013-09-15 21:33

Clear Creek, just outside of Winslow.

Don't tell anyone I told you....
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