In surfing, you wait for the waves. For skiing, it needs to snow. With rock climbing, the cliff is always there. But ice climbing is different. Ice climbing is all about conditions, and perhaps that’s what makes it so appealing. As climbers, it’s the one thing we do where the right conditions are essential. In [...]
I’ve been working on a guidebook, an update, actually, to the previous one for our area. This time around, we are splitting it into two books, as there are hundreds of new climbs, several previously unpublished areas, and some great photos of it all. The interesting thing about writing a guidebook is that it’s basically [...]
At first, I was surprised. What were so many people doing here on a Monday, during the first week of October? We were on a school trip to Indian Creek, and there were quite a few folks hanging out in the main campground. Don’t they know Creek season starts in November, when the climbing everywhere [...]
Partners are so underrated. As climbers, we often like to think of ourselves as rugged individualists, but the truth is, without a partner, climbing isn’t a whole lot of fun. Sure, you can go out and chuck solo laps on a micro traxion, but that’s like going to the movies by yourself. Sort of fun, [...]
The second part of our attempt to further peace, love and understanding between rivaling groups in the climbing community, you need not look any further if you are a sport climber who just doesn’t get trad climbing. Have you always wondered why it’s fun to slog up some less than vertical choss pile with twenty [...]
There’s an unspoken tension in the climbing world, lurking just below the surface. Sometimes it explodes forth in a string of vociferous comments, usually in an online forum, but much of the time it sits, slowly smoldering in the back of our collective minds. Trad versus sport climbing. Specifically, there’s a faction of trad climbers [...]
As my friend Chris likes to point out, the climbing world is so small that most of us are connected to each other by various acquaintances, and those strangers at the cliff are really just friends we haven’t met yet. But every now and then, you might just feel like pissing some people off. Maybe [...]
On the east side of Independence Pass, on the flanks of the highest peak in Colorado, sits a wonderful crag of compact alpine granite. Featuring some of the finest 5.10 sport climbing in the state, Monitor Rock is known by most for its excellent bolted routes. There is, however, a hidden trad gem lurking among [...]
Red Rocks holds a special place in our hearts, with its soaring walls of featured stone and incredibly beautiful canyons filled with secrets waiting for the intrepid explorer to find. It was also a place where Tracy and I, early in our dating, had some incredible experiences which formed bonds that led to us getting married. It feels like a second home, and we’ve been fortunate to spend a week each spring on the sunny sandstone ever since we tied the knot.
Like many of my fellow online denizens, I’ve watched with interest as the Cerro Torre drama unfolded over the last couple of weeks. I’m not an alpinist, and I’ll probably never go to climb in Patagonia, as I prefer trips to places where the weather is good for more than three days out of thirty. [...]
Here we are again, the end of another year. A time of relaxing with friends and family, a time of thankfulness and gratitude, for all we experienced over the previous twelve months. Many fond memories, shared with special people, in the most incredible places in the world. The life of a rock climber is a [...]
Hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner, If you’re like me, you haven’t done any shopping yet, but not to worry. If there’s a special climber in your life, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of cool gifts they’ll actually want.
Whether you’re taking off this week to visit some far off destination, or will simply be celebrating at home with friends and family, this is a time for thanks and gratitude.
We were fortunate to chase summer south last week, spending much of it in Red Rocks, and the weekend in Indian Creek. As rock climbers we long for the good weather to last year round, but reality dictates most of us stay grounded in one spot year round.
There was a recent article on Climbing.com called Crazy Eights, hyping the best 5.8 trad climbs around the country. There were some great routes on there, and it got me thinking what a wonderful grade 5.8 truly is.