Rock climbing is for everyone


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“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” 5/20/17

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When Mikhail Martin started rock climbing, he noticed that he was the only person of color at the climbing gym. Seeing an opportunity to initiate change, Martin founded Brothers of Climbing—an organization dedicated to bringing diversity to the rock climbing community.

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Must Love Bugs

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Entomologists Charlie and Lois O’Brien have the largest private collection of insects in the world. In their 55 years of marriage, these real life “love bugs” have traveled the world gathering and carefully cataloguing 1.25 million specimens. Now in their 80s, the couple plans to donate the bugs to a research university. 

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The Master Matador Tailor

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If you find yourself in the direct path of a charging 1,300-pound-bull, you better be well-dressed. That’s Antonio Lopez Fuentes’ philosophy. The Madrid-based tailor creates custom suits, or “trajes de luces” (literally “dresses of light”) for matadors.  

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Creating Perfect Replicas of Classic Art

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The employees at Factum Arte are world-class art forgers. But this Madrid-based company is no criminal enterprise. Each piece they create is intended to preserve and protect our cultural heritage. 

Pretty, Big and Dancing

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Akira Armstrong started dancing at 8 years old, but, when she initially decided to pursue dance as a profession, she was rejected because of her body type. Now she mentors and teaches a group of women of all shapes and sizes who are striving to become professional dancers themselves. 
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