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Professional tree climber and ENO sponsored athlete: Tim Kovar Tim’s story starts in the 1970s when he and his buddies started a tree climbing club. “I knew back then that I wanted to live in the trees, it’s where I found peace and a deep connection to nature,” Tim writes to LifeView Outdoors. In 1993, Kovar started his career as an arborist but found the peacefulness of trees, that he so enjoyed, was disrupted by the use of chainsaws. He ‘turned over a new leaf’ and started teaching others how to climb trees in a more technical style which is even safer than the old way. After a decade, he founded a tree climbing school called the Tree Climbing Planet . He has worked with scientists, filmmakers, children and elderly. “The oldest child I’ve taken tree climbing is an 85 year old woman, I guess some of us never grow up,” writes Tim. After asking Tim about his most epic tree climb, he tells the tale about the time he climbed into the 5th largest tree in the world, a Giant Sequoia named “Stagg.” Into the tree? “The top was broken off, maybe 800 years ago, creating an arboreal cave. You could actually climb inside the trunk of the tree. This “cave”...
We sat down with ENO athlete and inspirational female climber, Molly Mitchell, to hear her adventures filled with first ascents, redpoints, and how she deals with being so awesome! This is her story: Q1: Tell us a little bit about who you are and your background: I am 22 years old. I am a rock climber, currently based out of Boulder, CO. I have been climbing for almost 6 years. I started climbing in gyms, and I quickly became a boulderer and sport climber outside. In March 2015,  I began to focus all of my energy on Traditional Climbing, which involves placing my own gear and trusting it as I climb. Traditional Climbing, or Trad Climbing, is the culmination of everything I am passionate about in climbing. Trad climbing clicks with me – it allows me to test myself on hard routes that can also be very scary. I love to test myself on climbs that not many people (or no one at all) have done before.The fear factor in climbing is something that inspires me immensely. Whether it be fear of failure or fear of getting hurt – my favorite thing about climbing is learning how to deal with all the...
Rock climbing is one of the best ways to be outside, explore new places, and stay in shape. You’ll use muscles you didn’t even know you had! Which type of rock climbing appeals to you?
Climbing is an awesome way to have fun while staying in shape. One of the best things about climbing is that anyone, no matter body type, size, or age has unique strengths and weaknesses that make almost any crag possible to scale.

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