By this time last winter, I’d probably climbed more days outside than in the gym, thanks to a dry and warm weather pattern. This year, however, I’ve spent maybe four days outside since the beginning of December, which means my footwork is probably going to crap, but I have been able to do a bunch [...]
We all have our strengths in climbing, a certain movement style we enjoy more than others, a hold type we prefer. When trying a climb for the first time, there’s always the unknown of what lies ahead, and then the joy of discovery. Of reaching up to that hold you hope is a jug…and it [...]
How to you keep yourself safe when you need to lead a route with a new or inexperienced belayer. Summer is a great time for many things, including family reunions. Imagine yourself sitting back on the old family porch, sipping a cold drink when you are introduced to a distant cousin you’ve never met. “Hi, [...]
By Mike Schneiter If you’ve spent any time on Internet forums lately, you’ve inevitably run into a post where someone asks a seemingly benign question about the use of a Personal Anchor System (PAS). And, almost without fail, the forum quickly devolves into a scathing dialogue that runs along the lines of “Yer Gonna Die!” [...]
Ah spring, that magical time of year, when a climber’s fancy turns to splitter cracks. The running joke is that you can tell it’s spring in the desert because the license plates start turning green, which is truthfully about as good an indicator as any. For many people, however, the idea of heading to Indian [...]
By Mike Schneiter Multi-pitch sport climbing, though somewhat rare in the US, is such a joy. I love the feeling of casting off on long pitches of beautiful face climbing, with nothing but a dozen quick draws bouncing off my harness. Forget the extra burden of cams, stoppers, cordalettes and related gear. And you can [...]
Here’s a rundown of a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of your next time climbing in Indian Creek.
Climbing can be a pretty selfish activity, but there a number of ways to give back to the sport and community that you love.
Featured Road Trips is a new column intended to give detailed beta on the drives to popular climbing destinations outside Colorado. Knowing the best places to get gas, good food, camp, and climb along the way can make all the difference on a long drive. We hope others will add to this info and we can create a comprehensive community resource for all the road warriors out there.
For those who think the cold months are a great time to climb in the sun, here are some useful tips for dealing with winter driving conditions.
If winter means less climbing for you, it’s a good opportunity to take the time to get your gear back into top form.
Black Diamond put out an excellent post yesterday regarding the dangers of using daisy chains for anything other than aid climbing. The author, BD’s quality control guru, stated how he constantly sees people using them for both cleaning anchors and anchoring in on multipitch routes, which are functions they are not designed for.
We’ve spent much of the summer in town this year, enjoying several of the good local sport crags. As such, I’ve gotten my sport climbing systems fully dialed, and present to you my Sport Climbing Toolkit.
There was no sugar coating it, I was getting a beat down. This normally wouldn’t surprise me, but it was on grades that I can comfortably climb at our home crags, so I was feeling a little frustrated.
It was a beautiful new rope. 9.8mm, 70 meters long, and day glow yellow. It had been made only the week before, and we were now the proud owners. We knew the color would pick up dirt quickly, but we never could have guessed that our beacon of light would fade so quickly. Our last [...]