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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Aug 5, 2021

About Caroline Treadway

Caroline Treadway is a writer, a photographer, a film maker, and a climber. She recently released the documentary film “Light” about the eating disorder struggles of high profile rock climbers including Emily Harrington and Angie Payne.

In this interview, we discuss why she made the film, what impact the film has made in her life, and then we go deeper into her own eating disorder as well as my experience with disordered eating behaviors. At the end, we even discuss what we thought about each other in times when we were both experiencing disordered eating behaviors – we’ve known each other for many years.

This is an incredibly vulnerable conversation, and I want to thank Caroline for her willingness to be open about these topics and for her bravery for creating the film.

According to one study, 16.5% of female rock climbers and 6% of male climbers experience some disordered eating behaviors. This is a big deal, and because shame is such a large component of disordered eating, this interview is a further attempt to destigmatize the topic and bring it into the “light.”

If you have not seen the film yet, it’s amazing–I loved it–and you can watch it for free here.



Interview Details

  • Why she made the film
  • How the film has changed her and her career
  • How we could approach someone (or not) who we’re worried about in regards to their eating
  • Her experience with ED and how it affected her body and mental health
  • How she ended up in the hospital
  • How she would’ve wanted to be approached about her ED
  • What we used to think of each other

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