Climbing

Climbing Stewardship: Q&A with Access Fund’s Ty Tyler

Climbing Stewardship: Q&A with Access Fund’s Ty Tyler

When it comes to making a difference for their sport, few can hold their own against the Access Fund. For the past 20 years, this not-for-profit has worked tirelessly in the areas of climbing stewardship, conservation, land acquisition, protection, and education. I caught up with Ty Tyler for specifics on what [...]

History’s High Altitude Battles

History’s High Altitude Battles

High altitude doesn’t present difficulties to just mountaineers. For centuries, armies have fought on mountain passes across the world, adapting their tactics to the alpine environment. As Wikipedia ominously describes, soldiers fighting in mountains have to survive, “not only combat with the enemy but also the extreme weather and dangerous [...]

Take the Lead: Lead Climbing for Beginners

Take the Lead: Lead Climbing for Beginners

So, I’m super stoked because I’ve just started lead climbing indoors. This is a monumental occasion for me because just 4 short months ago I was still taking falls on 5.7s in the gym. Now that I feel more competent and comfortable with my climbing, I’m ready to take it to the [...]

10 Reasons to Climb a Mountain Right Now

10 Reasons to Climb a Mountain Right Now

Whatever your poison, quit sitting around talking about what you want to do and just go do it. Sometimes the hardest person to convince to get out is yourself but the power of conviction radiates into all aspects of your life. Go outside now and all other things will fall [...]

2013 Sport Climbing Series National Championships: Too Legit

2013 Sport Climbing Series National Championships: Too Legit

Less than two decades ago, indoor and outdoor rock climbing was still seen as somewhat of an alternative sport reserved for dirtbag, granola munching, lazy-ass hippies. Big names like Chris Sharma, Adam Ondre, and Steph Davis have started to change all of that, along with recognition from gear companies like [...]

5 Different Ways to Rappel

5 Different Ways to Rappel

Rappelling (known by the German word “abseil” in much of the world) is often boring — though it’s one of the most important things you will do as a climber. The majority of climbing accidents occur during the rappel, so make sure you do it right.

5 Places to Deep Water Solo

5 Places to Deep Water Solo

The climber’s fingers slip on the small ledge. She desperately searches for the next hold, but the rock is blank, her arms quiveringly tired. No rope secures her to the wall – besides a chalk bag

Five Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Five Knots Every Outdoorsman Should Know

Now, not everyone was a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, but the amount of people that are in their mid-30s and that have been camping for years with almost no knowledge of knots consistently astounds me.

Buildering

Buildering

There’s something a perverse about buildering, the sport of climbing buildings, that makes it akin to bike polo or urban skiing: taking a sport normally performed in nature and translating it into an urban environment.

Rock Climbing Dictionary: Key Words and Terms

Rock Climbing Dictionary: Key Words and Terms

Everyone has to start somewhere.  But sometimes when you are beginning your rock climbing career, you might be lost in the lingo that is much different from any other lingo that you have heard.