Athlete: Mike Cronin
Location: Ride the Snake (5.12b), The VC, South Dakota
Photographer: Andrew Burr

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MIKE CRONIN: A CLIMBING LIFE

For the last 15 years, South Dakota climber Mike Cronin has worked as a professional firefighter, a job he began because of its flexible schedule, which allows him to climb more than 200 days a year. "Climbing has made me who I am today," he says. These days, Cronin balances his career with caring for his young daughter and developing new routes at his local crag, embodying what it means to #liveclimbrepeat.



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UP THE CREEK

For the last 20 years, Black Diamond Ambassador Chris Schulte has been pondering the boulders that are scattered beneath Indian Creek's well-known splitters. Is the rock good up there? he wondered. Will the holds run out? Last summer, armed with a pile of crash pads and a heap of bacon, he found out. "The bouldering is outstanding," he writes. "World-class." But if we aren't careful, it won't last forever. "If we want to keep things free and easy in the Creek, we must be a step ahead," Chris entreats.



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