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The Birthday Challenge

You don’t have to be a sponsored climber to feel like a total badass. Haven’t you ever topped out a climb and felt like a complete champion? I know I have. It could be an airy 5.9 lead 2,000 feet off the deck, redpointing your first 5.11c, or having a climb so dialed that you don’t need to think twice before slotting that red C3 below the crux. You realize that there are people out there crushing harder than you, but for that one moment nothing could knock the sunshine from that ear-to-ear grin. This is the feeling I was after when I started planning my first Birthday Challenge. The Birthday Challenge is an arbitrary game played within the climbing community. The rules are simple: climb as many pitches as you are old to some degree or variation. The details are left for you to decide – sport, trad, top rope, free solo, routes with “poodle” in the name – the possibilities are endless. I first heard of this challenge when the video 35 was released almost a …