Confessions of a Tight Shoe Addict

Hello, my name is BJ and I am a recovering tight shoe addict. When I first moved to Colorado 15 years ago, I fell in with a crew that encouraged me to get my shoes really tight. So my first pair of Miura’s were 42s (I have a size 12/46 street shoe). This went on […]

Old Climbing Websites Were Ugly!

Remember what old climbing websites used to look like? We don’t either, but thought it’d be fun to hop in the Wayback Machine to take a trip down memory lane. A few of these made us laugh out loud, we hope you’ll enjoy them as well. Gripped (11.3.99) There are no words, this is beyond […]

The Top 5 Things Developers Say to Get You to Their Crag

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. […]

The 12 Least Impressive Ascents, & Other Things, of 2012

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 Sport Climbers’ Guide to Trad Climbing

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 […]

The Trad Climber’s Guide to Sport Climbing

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 […]

How to Not Win Friends and Influence People

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 Mine Hazards – Revealed!

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 Search of a Nemesis

In Search of a Nemesis

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? […]

Inside Job – Climbing Access Goes Undercover

We’ve been going about dealing with access issues all wrong. It’s time to make change happen from the inside.

5 Ways to Enjoy the Government Shutdown

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:

What Your Climbing Forum Says About You

What Your Climbing Forum Says About You

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.

The State of the Climbing Gear

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?

What Your Training Program Says About You

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.

The Only Rule: Don’t Be An @$$hole

The Only Rule: Don’t Be An @$$hole

When it comes to climbing ethics, there’s really only one rule: don’t be an @$$hole!

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Bulldog Creek Dog Walk (IV WI 4+)

Hayden Carpenter and Tom Bohanon recently repeated an obscure ice climb on the south side of Mt Sopris. Given a brief mention in Jack Robert’s ice guide, Bulldog Creek Walk is described as being 100 meters of WI 4. What they found was seven pitches of ice in a remote setting that makes for one […]

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