Life on the Rope


In a moving piece for Hunger Mountain, Dionisia Morales relates her experiences with rock climbing and her troubled first pregnancy:

You convince yourself that those other women, the ones who have complications, are not like you. Your pregnancy is going to be textbook perfect. You’re going to have the innate strength to do what women have been doing for ages. But that kind of self-confidence has its roots in fear, not arrogance, because it is too terrifying to think that we might tumble from the grace of nature.

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