Late last year my wife and I bought a house in Colorado and we went through all the normal stressful steps accompanying it. At one point during the process, I received a return phone call from my real estate agent from an unusual place – he was climbing the Third Flatiron! Now my first jealous […]
Chuck Fryberger offers up some insight on climbing great Fred Nicole. Should I even write about Fred? I’ve been bouldering avidly for 14 years and I still feel under-qualified to try to write any sort of authoritative article about him. I’ve slept on his floor on trips to Switzerland, I’ve shot footage and pictures of […]
I’ve been struggling with some climbing injuries recently and finally decided to visit a sports medicine doctor highly recommended by a friend. My issues were a recurring finger injury at the base of my right ring finger and pain in my elbows and thumbs. He rather quickly diagnosed the elbows/thumbs as flexor tendinitis and set […]
ESPN The Magazine profiles ice climber Will Gadd. Gadd stands at the base of the 40-foot-high frozen waterfall and looks up. He kicks footholds with his crampons and swings his axes overhead, driving the points deep into the ice. He pulls with his arms and pushes with his legs, then kicks his feet and swings […]
Today’s guest post is from Jenn Fields, who writes at http://www.jennfields.com. I wasnâ??t sure what Iâ??d get out of a weekend of ice climbing just with girls, because Iâ??ve always climbed with boys. Of course Iâ??d come away with sore shoulders, bigger calves and more mad girl-climbing skills, but what else would be on the […]
Even though the ice is still not fat everywhere, it is definitely ice climbing season in many areas. Black Diamond has a good video tutorial on how to get prepared and sharpen your ice screws.
The American Alpine Institute points out a series of videos by Canadian climbing guide Mike Barter on the pre-equalization on anchors: There is a little bit of controversy over pre-equalized anchors. Some feel that one leg of the anchor will get more force than another, which means that such an anchor could never be fully […]
Natalija Gros of Slovenia makes an ascent of Histerija (8c+) in this documentary video of sport climbing. The clip has great climbing footage and the musical score is very different from what is normally heard on most climbing videos, but it absolutely fits well here. Chalk&Chocolate with Natalija Gros Trailer from Jure Breceljnik on Vimeo. […]
When I lived in the Washington DC area, one of the (few) benefits was being able to get cheap flights on Southwest to New Hampshire. This allowed us to take trips for ice climbing in the White Mountains. I attended the Mt. Washington Valley Ice Festival numerous times and had a blast. The ice climbing […]
TreeHugger has an interesting interview with the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.