In a Nutshell at TCA by Riley Ogier

TCA Sophomore Riley Ogier documented a day of climbing in El Salto, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a day of academics in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a photo every half-hour over the course of each day, Riley captured a glimpse of the rigorous yet gratifying schedule that The Climbing Academy follows wherever they may be.

Climbing in El Salto

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The crew groggily files in for breakfast.
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Fruit and café are served first.
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Emma organizes her quick draws as we pack our backpacks and gear for a full day at the crag.
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During a quick pre-climb pow wow, Sarah Anne finds one of the many El Salto insects on her hat.
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Before heading out to the crag, Liv plays with one of the local dogs, Rita.
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After a quick hike to the crag, Sean escapes the sun in his hammock.
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Sean, Olivia, and Kieran relax in the shade while waiting for the wall to get out of the sun.
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We are hard on our gear at TCA. I examine my shoe sole, which is in the process of falling off.
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Brandon covers up from the constantly biting flies.
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A pre-climb taco is an essential part of “the process” of projecting.
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Brandon works out moves on his project before he climbs.
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Olivia lowers off of her warm-up climb.
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Nic applies liquid chalk before the send go.
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A cute crag dog lays down to cool off in a pile of gear.
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Nic laces up his shoes before climbing.
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Nic packs his gear after a long day at the crag.
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Liv has a quick snack before heading back to camp for dinner and homework.
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After getting dirty and covered in poison ivy at the crag, it is time for a freezing shower.
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Sandra and Ino, our kitchen staff, put out snacks to tide us over until dinner.
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A dinner of tamales is served as a delicious end to the long day.

School in Nevada

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Sarah Anne and her mentees make  breakfast before everyone else is up.
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Waffles are warm and ready for the crew.
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Sometimes students carry their beds to breakfast.
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After a delicious breakfast, study hall starts.
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Jonah is still studying for looming finals.
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Slight chaos ensues between study hall and first class.
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Olivia is hard at work in her History of the Americas class
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Quick break for lunch.
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Who knows what to say here?
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Back at it
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Sarah Anne has fun while teaching class.
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The girls’ room needed a clean up.
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Olivia and Julia are tired after a day of school and cleaning our room.
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Dinner prep starts.
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Some students take a field trip to get bubble tea.
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TCA likes to switch it up, and we sometimes go to coffee shops to study.
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Sean poses post-shredding.
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Dinner is still in the works.
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Nic’s mentor group packs away the aftermath of dinner for sixteen.

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