Hey everyone I’m Briana Blanchard! I can be found most weeks in the Red River Gorge. When I’m not outside you’ll find me in the gym or on my homewall with my husband and four-year-old son. I’m a board member for the Red River Gorge Climbers’ Coalition (RRGCC) and currently the chair of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. I have a passion for setting goals and trying hard, and also love volunteering my time conserving and preserving the lands we climb on!

Check out my Gear Recommendations below to support my favorite brands, this page on MojaGear.com, and my climbing!

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Briana Blanchard rock climbing on Betavul Pipeline

Briana Blanchard climbing Betavul Pipeline (12a) in the Red River Gorge. Photo by Grace Kim.

Peak Points

  • 30 years old
  • 5 years climbing
  • Hardest Climbing grade: V7 | 5.12a
  • Competitive Indoor Bouldering with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in my division
  • Sponsors/Affiliations:
  • Job/Education: Nonprofit manager with a Bachelors of Science in Education
Rock Climber Briana Blanchard

Briana Blanchard serves as the chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on the RRGCC committee.

Briana Blanchard’s Rock Climbing Gear Recommendations

Black Diamond Women’s Momentum 3S Harness

Black Diamond harnesses are always my go-to! Whether you’re going for the onsight or working your project, the Black Diamond Women’s Momentum 3S Harness is built for versatility. With a three buckle design and adjustable leg loops, it’s made to keep you comfortable!

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Black Diamond Momentum 3S Harness - Women's

Black Diamond Momentum 3S Harness – Women’s


La Sportiva Skwamas

As a boulderer and sport climber, the Skwamas are my absolute favorite climbing shoe. They’re aggressive for those tough steep boulders and deliver the right amount of control for those technical sport routes. If you’re looking for comfort and high performance, the La Sportiva Skwamas are where it’s at.

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La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe - Women's

La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoe – Women’s

Brian Blanchard La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoes

Arc’Teryx Women’s Cerium LT Jacket

This lightweight jacket is built for warmth! It is tailored with athletes in mind, as it has extra room up top for extra mobility. This jacket also emphasizes weight and packability so you never have to be concerned about it fitting in your pack. The Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Jacket will get you through the colder seasons no problem!

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Cerium LT Jacket Womens Paradox


Black Diamond HotWire Quickdraws

As a big fan of Black Diamond products, I exclusively own their quickdraws. My preference is wiregate draws, and the Black Diamond HotWire quickdraws allow for smooth clipping and loads of functionality. They also come in awesome bright colors. If you’re a sport climber, these quickdraws are for you!

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Black Diamond Hotwire Quickdraws

Five Ten Access Knit Women’s Approach Shoes

If you’re looking for style and durability, look no further than these approach shoes. They’re breathable and sleek while providing excellent grip for technical terrain. Built for comfort all day long, the Five Ten Access Knit Women’s approach shoes are a favorite of mine.

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Five Ten Access Knit Shoe - Women's


Edelrid Tommy Caldwell Pro Dry DuoTec 9.6mm 70 Meter Rope

This dynamic rope is the best rope I have ever climbed on. Not only is the color awesome and looks great in photos, but this rope is also durable and works great with any belay device. On a single or multi-pitch climb, this rope won’t let you down.

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Edelrid Tommy Caldwell Pro Dry DuoTec 9.6mm Rope

Edelrid Tommy Caldwell Pro Dry DuoTec 9.6mm Rope

Rock Climber Briana Blanchard with Tommy Caldwell rope


Osprey Daylite Plus Pack

Whether you’re going to the gym or to the crag, this pack is a must-have. I can fit three pairs of climbing shoes, a chalk bag, chalk bucket, water bottle, brushes, and a sandwich in this pack, so needless to say when I’m climbing, it’s close by. Although not technically waterproof, this pack can also keep things dry. With awesome colors to choose from, if you’re in the market for a new day pack, the Osprey Daylite Plus is the one to go with.

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Osprey Daylite Plus Pack

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