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Sends And Suffers

83 EpisodesProduced by Mario Stanley | Plug Tone AudioWebsite

Join Mario Stanley as he interviews the adventurous people that live in our adventure community. Explore the stories of their sending and suffering that has brought them to where they are today.


EP–72 Pittsburgh is the best underrated Climbing city in America!

In this episode, host Mario sits down with Alex Bernstein, owner of Ascend Climbing Gym in Pittsburgh. They discuss the origins of climbing in the city, the unique urban climbing initiatives taking place, and the challenges and rewards of owning a climbing gym. Alex shares his personal journey in the climbing industry, the impact of the pandemic on his business, and his hopes for the future of climbing in Pittsburgh. Tune in to hear about the vibrant climbing community in the city and the exciting opportunities for growth and accessibility.




Climbing Gym:


[00:01:03] Pittsburgh climbing gym history.

[00:04:53] Urban rock climbing initiative.

[00:07:19] Revitalizing urban bridge piers.

[00:10:00] Urban climbing in the city.

[00:14:21] The biggest struggle in opening the gym.

[00:18:59] Making climbing accessible.

[00:20:02] Transportation and convenience.

[00:23:44] Making climbing more accessible.

[00:28:43] Quick shout out to mom.

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