Melissa Strong started climbing in 2001. The day that reeled her in, for what seems to be the rest of her life, she decided to join some friends who were sport climbing at The Monastery (a sport climbing area west of Drake, CO). Melissa became addicted as she hung on the rope and stared at the top of the climb. She was determined to get to the top and after a little while she did so and she was psyched! Since then Melissa has dedicated her life to climbing. Melissa and her husband, Adam, live in Estes Park, CO for most of the year. Rocky Mountain National Park has been one of her favorite places to climb, a place she calls home and a place that shaped the climber she is today. The couple leaves Colorado around Thanksgiving and head to Hueco Tanks! For 3 to 4 months, they live in Hueco Valley, where they own land and operate Wagon Wheel Co-opt, a guiding concession. Sometimes they squeeze in an extra month of traveling to climb.
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