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  1. Jen Vennon had just accepted a scholarship to the University of Florida, where she aspired to become an engineer, when some friends took her climbing for the first time. With a childhood spent in gymnastics, Vennon took to climbing immediately.

    “I quickly realized that engineering school in Florida wasn’t going to work out with my newfound climbing schedule,” she says. Vennon gave up her scholarship and transferred to the University of Tennessee to be closer to climbing, and get a degree in early childhood education.

    In the last 10 years, Vennon has risen to become one of the top female sport climbers in the U.S. while holding down a full-time job as a Kindergarten teacher.

    “I love Kindergarten,” Vennon says. “Those kids are the only people who think I’m funny.”

    She is one of the few women to have ticked the elusive 5.14 grade in Rifle with her recent (second female) ascent of the 7 P.M. Show (5.14a), in addition to ticking off some difficult, sandbagged 5.13d’s there as well such as Living in Fear, Gropius, Simply Read and Slice of Life.

    Before coming to Rifle in 2006, Vennon cut her teeth in the Red River Gorge, where the steep, enduro climbing informed much of her unique and intuitive style. High heel hooks and the ability to shake out on any hold forever are her fortes. Vennon, however, likes to say that her weakness in climbing is her “weakness,” and that “if there’s an easier way to do a move, you’ll be sure I will figure it out.” Climbing for her isn’t about competitive performance, but rather it’s a lifestyle and a way to be outdoors, testing her personal limits in the natural world.

    For more on Jen visit prAna.com

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  2. Natasha Barnes started climbing in 1999 at the age of 16 in Southern California. In 2000 she started competing in the USA junior climbing circuit then known as the JCCA. In 2001, she began competing at an elite level and was National Champion in 2005 and won the Teva Mountain Games in 2005. After recovering from a serious finger injury in 2006, Natasha became more interested in pursuing tall beautiful lines on rock and shifted her focus on outdoor pursuits. Since then she has bouldered up to V11 on lines such at Midnight Lightning (v8), King Cobra (v8), Thriller (v10), The Force (v9/10), The Seam (v11), and Drive On (v11) and has also climbed up to 5.13d in sport and 5.11c in traditional climbing. Natasha hopes to continue pushing the limits of her climbing in all aspects, bouldering, sport and trad. She currently lives in San Francisco, California where she is working and studying full time and is 9 months away from graduating with a Doctorate in Chiropractic with a focus on Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy and spends most of her free time climbing in Yosemite Valley.

    For more on Natasha visit prana.com/ambassadors/natasha-barnes
    Video courtesy of Bruno Ferreira

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  3. Our friends at Parkour Visions put together a short video about the mindfulness of parkour training.
    It really captures the essence of moving meditation – getting into the same states and flow that we get from climbing, yoga, slacklining, running, etc. Enjoy…

    A parkour narrative from Justin Sweeney, coach and personal trainer at Parkour Visions.

    Made possible by prAna, video by John McLellan, music by General Fuzz.

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  4. Enzo Oddo, prAna’s youngest ambassador (15 years old) climbed the Bishop California highball named Ambrosia. The beautiful line on the South face of the Grandpa Peabody boulder was put up by Kevin Jorgeson. Enzo’s ascent was the 4th time the boulder was topped out.

    A route climber for most of his long, illustrious career, Enzo traveled from his home in France to land on California soil February 1st. His first real bouldering trip, he plans to spend the entire month traveling around the Eastern Sierras enjoying the incredible landscape and world class bouldering.

    For more on Enzo visit: bit.ly/EnzoOddo

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  5. The Receptionist is one of the most classic roof climbs in the country. It is located on the Mars Roof in Flagstaff, Arizona, and is one of five established V10+ climbs on the boulder. At 6000 feet elevation, this highly pocketed limestone roof is pumpy and sequential. I sent this problem just one day after sending both Cosmic Tricycle sit (V10) and The Black Hole (V10) both featured in "The Spree".

    ~Carrie Cooper

    For more on Carrie visit prana.com/ambassadors/carrie-cooper

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prAna

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prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, has helped guide our actions and lift our aspirations since day one.

We started out two decades ago making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that


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prAna, an ancient Sanskrit word for breath, life and vitality of the spirit, has helped guide our actions and lift our aspirations since day one.

We started out two decades ago making clothing that worked well for climbing and yoga. It turned out that the clothing worked well for lots of other passions too, so we added new products with "purpose" in mind and scoured the world for design inspiration.

What's changed since then?

Not much - and a lot. We've grown a bunch, but most of our original employees are still here. We participate with like-minded folks who want to promote conservation and create positive change, which reflects the same intention as the old days, just taken up a few notches. Organic cotton, fair trade and wind power initiatives are on the short list of what we support.

We are inspired by athletes like climber Chris Sharma - who's been with us from the beginning - and yoginis like Shiva Rea.

Looking back, we think that the name prAna fits us pretty well. Looking ahead (because we love change), we're excited to see what the future holds.

That's our story & we welcome your feedback...

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