We were faced with a classic first world problem: where to go climbing for the weekend? It had been so warm lately that the local cragging was in full effect, but it was spring after all, and a desert trip seemed to be in order. The weather forecast, however, showed highs near 90, and there [...]
After eleven years of living in Colorado, I finally filled in a big empty spot on the map: I went to Shelf Road. I was there with a group of students on a week long trip, and we climbed a truckload of pitches. Being on so many different routes, I got to thinking about the [...]
Another 5Point Film Festival has come and gone, and my head is still spinning with the images, words and sounds of the weekend. There’s an energy that surrounds the event, an infectious sense of greater inspiration and passion that pervades the festival. Goosebumps are the norm, along with a healthy dose of spine tingling. In [...]
By Tracy Wilson I was five feet from the chains on route that only a few months earlier had been very intimidating for me to climb. But this was my smoothest send yet. I felt at ease, and moves that once were hard flowed with little effort. Then something happened. I didn’t fall or give [...]
We had an epiphany of sorts the other day. We were walking back from a local crag, which has about a twenty minute approach, and our little pup was running around, generally enjoying herself with the coming of spring. “You know what?” I said, watching her joyfully bound up and down the trail, “We shouldn’t [...]
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? [...]
That is the question. I just sent a pair of shoes off to the good folks at Rock and Resole in Boulder, and then noticed my other main pair is going to need some new rubber soon as well. The topic came up in conversation the other day, and a friend mentioned that he didn’t [...]
There’s a disturbing trend emerging from the BLM offices in the Northwestern part of this country: they seem to be somewhat opposed to rock climbing on public lands. By now, many people are familiar with situation at Castle Rocks, outside City of Rocks, in Idaho. The BLM implemented an unwarranted blanket climbing closure across a [...]
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. [...]
Don’t wear a helmet while climbing? This post might change your mind, plus you can win one from Petzl by simply leaving a comment.
Some find the approach of winter depressing, but I prefer to focus on all the new opportunities that come with it. Here’s why I’m not dreading the approaching cold, but rather will embrace all the changes it brings.
Projecting hard routes can be a rewarding way to approach climbing, but it has a dark side, where fun is no where to be found…
Summer is an incredible time of year, as the snows recede into the high peaks, and the mountains become a playground where you can do anything you can dream up.
Is it wrong to have a big, long route that you don’t have to be a super hero to enjoy? Does everything have to be hard core, cutting edge, super fantastico, all the time?
Climbing can be a pretty selfish activity, but there a number of ways to give back to the sport and community that you love.