As the lead singer of the band Sleigh Bells, Alexis Krauss has spent a whole lot of time on the open highway. And as she has learned the hard way, the life of a touring musician isn’t all that glamorous—especially in the early days, before you have a hit album. Think: eating at gas stations, showering (literally) with light beer, and occasionally peeing in Big Gulp cups when you don’t have time to stop. All of that offered great training for what became Krauss’s other passion: rock climbing. Because piling into vans with good friends for epic adventure odysseys isn’t all that different than doing a 20-city tour with your bandmates. In this episode, Krauss shares her wildest tales from the road and advice for rolling with whatever comes your way.
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