Sonnie Trotter getting the third ascent of Master Blaster (5.13c/d) in Zion National Park. From Trotter: The climb was first freed by Seattle bad ass Ben Gilkinson, and Lauren Lee and I made the Second and Third ascents, back to back. It was a great experience because the exposure was stunning, but the cracks size, […]
Black Diamond’s QC Lab tries to answer the frequently asked question of whether climbers can use a Sharpie marker to mark the middle of a rope. The results – undetermined.
Stewart Green writes up a mini-guide on how to clean your carabiners (including what not to do).
My good friend Ryan Wanger wouldn’t stop talking about his new shoes, so I made him write a review. He is the Community Manager for the Boulder based startup Everlater, which helps people record their travel experiences with friends and family. Let me make this clear: my review of Vibram Five Fingers shoes is self […]
ClimbingNarc points out a fascinating study showing that the treatment of climbing injuries has increased 63% from 1990 to 2007.
In advance of everything that will be coming out of the Outdoor Retailer show, here is a roundup of gear reviews from the past month or so. GearFlogger looks at pro reviewing the DMM Wallnuts and also reviews the Arc’Teryx Dually belay parka. Cupcake Mafia reviews the PrAna Natural Sticky Mat for yoga and the […]
Black Diamond’s quality control lab tested autoblock belay device common misuses and provided extensive details. Specifically they looked at: – incorrectly using a standard belay device as an autoblock device – using multiple biners as the â??brake barâ? in order to make taking in rope easier Regarding the multiple carabiner test, they found that using […]
I’ve started reading the book One Move Too Many as it was recommended to me by several different climbers. I’ll be posting my full thoughts when I’ve finished the book, but I can already tell you that this is a must have for any climber, especially those dealing with specific injuries. One idea from the […]
Climbing video of what appears to be hundreds of whippers at the Red River Gorge. (via @lstefurak, @mark_spottswood)
While grocery shopping the other day, I saw a large display for the new Clif Quench sport drinks. I vaguely remembered hearing about these, so I decided to buy one of each flavor and try them out. Let me start off by saying that my primary sports drinks are massive quantities of coffee in the […]