Profile: Tara Kerzhner—A Study in Contrast


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“Knock-knock,” Tara Kerzhner said to me below The Eighth Day (5.13a), Rifle, Colorado’s endless, vertical, notoriously crimpy roadside testpiece. It was August 2013. Kerzhner, then 29, her husband, Greg, and I had spent most of the summer camping and climbing in the park.

Frazzled, I pulled at my knot. For the millionth time, I’d fallen off our shared project’s crux, halfway up the wall. Kerzhner could use a tiny crimp and precise feet for the difficult traverse, but my fat hands barely fit the holds and my feet kept skating.