Route developers are a curious breed. They spend countless hours, money, blood, sweat and tears creating what they hope will be climbs that others will enjoy. They get dirty, they put themselves in scary situations, they trundle loose rock, they endure endless criticism about why they put the bolt there, where the anchors are, etc. [...]
While at first it might seem overwhelming to pick out the top climbing accomplishments of 2012, what’s really daunting is coming up with the things so unimpressive, they either didn’t get mentioned, or shouldn’t have. Don’t worry, as usual, we put in long hours and hard work to present here, in no particular order, the [...]
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 [...]
Abandoned mines are common at climbing areas across the country, though common sense generally dictates you steer clear of these places. Sometimes, however, the Forest Service provides a helpful sign to warn of what lurks below. My guess is that more than one of these was printed, and you’ve likely seen something similar near you. [...]
In light of the recent back and forth banter between Peter Beal, and the folks over at Rock and Ice, I had a stunning realization: Peter is a marketing genius! He pisses them off, they respond, and he gets a bunch of traffic out of the deal. Why have I never thought of this before? [...]
We’ve been going about dealing with access issues all wrong. It’s time to make change happen from the inside.
So while the children who run this country try to figure out a compromise on the budget, we’ve discovered some unique opportunities for climbers in our national parks should the government actually get shutdown:
Let’s face it, if you’re a desk jockey and spend much time in front of a computer, you’re probably no stranger to the various online watering holes known as climbing forums.
Looking back on things like the camming device, harnesses with leg loops, GriGri’s and leashless ice tools, it makes you wonder, what, if anything, is coming next that will be a true game changer?
There are a number of excellent books on the topic of how to get better at climbing, and each tackles the subject in a unique way. Here’s our distilled version of the popular training programs out there, and what you can expect from each.
When it comes to climbing ethics, there’s really only one rule: don’t be an @$$hole!
Every now and then a thread pops up on Mountain Project that is especially entertaining, and this is our collection of the top forum posts we could find. You’ll probably laugh, might cry and definitely shake your head a few times. Enjoy.
It’s that time of year again. The entries are in and you can check out the contestants in the 2010 Reel Rock Filmmaking Competition. There are some quality entries, along with some not so great ones, but regardless this is the perfect way to waste some time on a Friday afternoon. The deadline for voting [...]