I’m a big fan of resoling my climbing shoes, it always just seemed wrong to be done with a pair after the rubber wears out. I have to admit, though, before watching this video, I was pretty clueless about the whole process. I had some assumptions, but the reality is a little different than what [...]
Imagine this: you and your partner are hanging from a belay at the top of a deep, dark maw of a chimney that you need to rappel through. On the walls of the chimney are monstrous patina flakes and chicken heads you swear are licking their lithified lips for a taste of your rope. So [...]
Years ago a friend and I got to the first pitch belay ledge of Sheer Lunacy, where a party of two, a guy and his girlfriend, was in the process of bailing off Lunar Ecstasy. She was cute, and my buddy and I were both slovenly, smelly, road-tripping dirtbags, so we were understandably entranced by [...]
How to stay safe while sport climbing As I often share with first-timers, climbing is an incredibly safe activity, but if you make one mistake, you can die. And it’s easy to get lulled into a false sense of security, I mean how many times have you gone climbing and really had things hit the [...]
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.